Bumpa, you’re mean! Why do you keep saying that?
Say what, Elijah?
That there’s no national emergency?
Because there isn’t.
Yes there is.
No, there isn’t. How would you know? You’re only 21.
You’re cruel, Bumpa! POTUS is kinder than you!
What’s gotten into your little head?
My head’s not little! My head’s bigger than 96 percent. Doctor said so! I’m in the top four percent!
I know. That’s good. But you shouldn’t get a big head about that! So, tell me, why do you think there’s a real national emergency?
POTUS declared it. I saw it on PBS!
On Sesame Street? Did Big Bird tell you?
No. It came on after Sesame Street. I saw it!
What did you see, Elijah?
MISSING children, Bumpa! Don’t you know? 1,475 kidnapped children, Bumpa! That’s a national emergency! We need to help rescue all those kidnapped children!
I hear you. We do. But the kidnappers didn’t come from south of the border. The kidnappers are not here illegally.
No, they aren’t. They’re legal. Homeland Security took them!
I like security. So there’s no national energency? The children are safe?
Well, no, Elijah. Homeland Security took them away from their parents, and then Homeland Security lost them.
So the President called a national emergency to find them, right?
No, Elijah. POTUS hasn’t said one word about the missing children.
Why, Bumpa? Why? That’s not right! Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, right?
Right! It’s not right!
Right, I told you! You’re wrong! There is a national emergency.
— Bumpa and Elijah, Chaska, MN, Feb. 18, 2019