Back in 1969, then-President Richard Nixon wanted to cut funding in half to Public Television (PBS). Mr. Rogers had six minutes to convince the U.S. Senate to save his TV show.

This is what he did:

It is worth a view. It is short but important enough, not only for a child’s education but what we all can learn about the concept of “Restriction” ( Blog 15: “Don’t Dance”).

Here is the whole song he narrated during his presentation:

What do you do with the mad you feel

When you feel so mad you could bite?

When the whole wide world feels oh so wrong

And nothing you do feels very right?

What do you do?

Do you punch a bag?

Do you pound some clay or dough?

Do you round up friends for a game of tag or see how fast you go?

It’s great to be able to stop when you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong.

And be able to do something else instead- and thinks this song.

I can stop when I want to and stop when I wish.

Can stop stop stop any time

And what a good feeling to feel like this

And know that the feeling is really mine.

Know that there’s something deep inside

That helps us become what we can

For a girl could someday be a lady

And a boy can someday be a man.


A special thank you to Jacob Kessler and Abe Hardoon who sent me this link simulateously.