Mister Rogers Goes To Washington (In 1969)

The United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications had one very special guest in 1969: Fred Rogers. He came asking for government funding to support PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting after then-President Richard Nixon had attempted to slash it significantly. It’s a wonderful bit of video:

Mister Rogers spoke out on behalf of America’s children:

“There is something deep inside that helps us become what we can. For a girl can be someday a lady and a boy can be someday a man.”

And the best part is, he won.

Now in 2011, even if most of us aren’t quite as charming as Mister Rogers was, it’s time for us to stand up and defend PBS all over again.

Found by Steven on YouTube.

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