The most concentrated excitement that has ever existed at any one moment in world history was measured on Feb. 7, 1964, with the arrival of the Beatles at New York's Kennedy Airport (newly renamed from "Idlewild"). John, Ringo, Paul and George stepped off their plane, and America's young ladies went bananas.
Those young ladies (and not a few young men) were very enthusiastic about the floppy-haired lads from Liverpool!
Almost as excited as Ava Lovley of Newport, Maine, was when her mother, Kim, told her that they were going to go see a floppy-haired gent from the borough of Queens, Donald Trump.
And they say young people don't care about politics!
"We're Republicans, but we're not political people at all," Kim Lovley told us by phone when we spoke on Tuesday afternoon. Ava was a big Trump fan, though, and had been tracking his candidacy since he announced. "She said she loved his hair and that he speaks his mind," Kim said. And since Ava herself is a bit outspoken, that appealed.
Kim arranged for the family to see Trump at an event in Farmington, N.H., about three miles from Newport, just over the state line. "When I put [the video] on Facebook, basically it was just for our friends and family to see how happy she was," Kim said. "It wasn't for any political agenda." When a friend helped her upload the video to YouTube, though, it blew up. Kim and her husband Jason had been fielding phone calls from members of the media all day.
Neither of them has decided whom to vote for, by the way. "I'd never been to a rally and a rally is not where her mother wanted to be yesterday," Kim Lovley told us by phone when we spoke on Tuesday afternoon. But "after going to the rally, I was quite compelled by hearing what Mr. Trump had to say. I thought he gave a great rally."
Ava enjoyed it, too, naturally. "Ava had the Best time!!!," Jason Lovley reported on Facebook. "She enjoyed every minute!"
"I think it's amazing that a 9-year old is that excited about a candidate," Kim Lovley said.
Agreed. It's not like he's Paul McCartney.