Young kids are at a unique crossroads in life that allows for maximum troublemaking with minimum guilt. They’re old enough to understand the very worst possible times for them to go Full Goofball, yet they’re still too young to fully understand the repercussions of doing exactly that. The results of this dangerous combination vary in severity, but the increase in remote work allowed some kids to really explore their range. During a live interview with Bloomberg News, Jacob Funk Kirkegaard’s son saw his opportunity – and he freaking seized it.
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard is a father and senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF). During the ill-fated interview, Kirkegaard logged on from his home office to discuss the critical state of Germany’s financial industry. Unfortunately, someone in Kirkegaard’s household didn’t seem to get the Very Important Interview memo. Either that, or, you know – he most definitely got the memo.
A fully-rehearsed Kirkegaard discusses the importance of an upcoming election, confidently nailing the interview like a pro. That is, until his young son steps into the frame. Upon seeing himself on camera, the young boy grins widely and begins to wave. Kirkegaard keeps his composure, laughing slightly as he gives his son a gentle nudge off-screen.
It looks almost as if Kirkegaard pushed his son directly into a vertical trampoline because instantaneously, he bounces right back into the frame. The crumb of acknowledgment emboldened the young boy, let’s call him “Dude’s, Of course, Unbelievably Grounded” – or DOUG. DOUG waves, jumps around behind his very tired dad, sticks out his tongue at the countless live viewers – you know, typical finance stuff.
Nearly a minute of shenanigans passes while Kirkegaard Inexplicably keeps his composure before Bloomberg’s presenter, Jonathan Ferro, finally acknowledges the tiny elephant in the room.
‘Does your son work for the Greek government?’ Ferro joked.
For the remainder of the nearly 3-minute-long segment, DOUG continues to pop in and out of the frame. On multiple occasions, he even shows up with some sort of prop, evidently trying to give his unwitting audience the ol’ razzle-dazzle. The segment editor, bless their heart, even tries to zoom in on Kirkegaard to eliminate the distraction. Any parent knows, however, that nothing stands in the way of a child with a captive audience.
DOUG persists, and eventually, the segment mercifully ends – but not before some half-serious banter about what sort of time out the bold and opportunistic kid deserves. Things look much different when it’s not your kid because right now, I’m 100% team DOUG.