Change of pace for Politics Forum, really can't argue.. When was the first time you became aware of politics or government? I was 9 years old, it was around 11:00 am, we were living in the Los Angeles area CA., I was at school, on 11/22/63 and President John F. Kennedy had just been shot. I recall teachers and kids were crying, there was a gloomy uneasiness in the the air, like the world was in group shock. The school just sent us home, I recall riding my Schwinn banana seat bicycle home with people stopped in cars sobbing, people on the streets sobbing and again a strange gloom on a sunny day. I got home to find my mother crying as she watched the news on our black & white television, Walter Kronkite.