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Leave it to Fox & Friends to tackle America’s complex economic issues with the gravitas and reasoned debate the matter deserves. Yesterday it brought on the program a pair of enterprising young sisters, seven-year-old Clara Sutton and her four-year-old sister, Eliza, whose Cool Blast lemonade business apparently qualifies them to respond to President Obama’s comments earlier in the month about government’s role in supplying infrastructure vis a vis entrepreneurs and businesses.
What the president said then was that infrastructure -- like roads and bridges -- is part of what helps any business achieve its success. Seizing on an opportunity, big-businessman candidate Mitt Romney took a line of the speech out of context, and used it to attack the president for being anti-business. That now-famous line is: "If you've got a business, you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.” (The president’s intention was for “that” to refer to infrastructure, not to business success.)
What cannot be debated is that the Cool Blast lemonade girls are pretty darn cute. And they’re well spoken too. Here’s how the seven-year-old responds to a line of questioning from co-host Brian Kilmeade.
Kilmeade: “Clara, can you explain to me what Cool Blast is?”
Clara: “Well, our lemonade is actually homemade, but I can’t tell you our recipe because it’s proprietary. The investors actually signed a confidentiality agreement.”
Kilmeade: "Who helped you start this business?... How do you feel about the president saying you needed help to stat this business?”
Clara: "I would say that’s rude because we worked very hard to build this business. But we did have help…. Our help came from our investors, our dad and stepmom, along with other friends and family."
What is questionable, however, is Fox’s choice to reduce the nation’s economic woes -- and the essential debate about how best to solve them while millions of people suffer -- to not much more than a joke by opening the forum to the enterprising young founders of a lemonade stand whose insider knowledge of the president’s intention could be described as, ahem, rudimentary at best.
Thanks, as always, Fox, for that deeply insightful piece of television. At least this time, it came wrapped in a downright adorable package.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and iVillage's chief election news blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.