Kids Pick the President to Be President Again

President Obama, campaigning last Friday in Fairfax, Virginia

It’s President Obama – by a landslide.

That’s the result of the 2012 Nickelodeon “Kids Pick the President” Kids’ Vote.

After a week of balloting, kids across the country have voted to re-elect the President by a margin of nearly two to one.

Mister Obama got 65 percent of the vote.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney got 35 percent.

More than half-a-million votes were cast from October 15th to October 22nd, following our two “Kids Pick the President” specials on “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” – one show focusing on the issues in this year’s election, the other focusing on the candidates themselves.

In five of the previous six presidential elections, the candidate who won the Kids’ Vote also won in November.

(The only year the results didn’t match was 2004.  That year, the majority of the kids who voted picked Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.  Kerry later lost to President George W. Bush in the November election.)

But ultimately, the most important thing about the Kids’ Vote is not the winner.

It’s the fact that more than 520,000 of you – the kids of America — took the time to cast a ballot.

We hope it’s a habit that’ll last a lifetime.

The next step is to make sure that your parents vote, too.

Because, not only do the actions of politicians affect the lives of kids, they most certainly affect the lives of grownups, too.

And if you don’t vote, not only do you give up control over those politicians, you also give up control over their actions.

As former President Abraham Lincoln said in his famous Gettysburg Address, our government is supposed to be “of the people, by the people (and) for the people.”

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves,” added another former president, Franklin D. Roosevelt.  “The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”