I thought the presidential race was an actual running race to the White House, and whichever candidate got there first was elected president.
If you lost a Presidential election, you had to leave the country. This came from me mishearing the words "lead the country" from a TV ad talking about the election that was going on back then.
I used to think Obama's name was short for Baraccobama.
I used to think that George Bush's first name was President
I used to believe that a ballot is just a blank piece of paper where you write the name of who you vote for in giant letters.
I thought that the world belonged to the president and could do anything he wanted. I always wanted to become the president so I could have the whole world to myself
When i was younger 5 or 6 i thought we were fighting Russians in WW2
and which lead me up till 6th grade that Nazis were russian
I thought every single organisation had a government observer and the entire nation was working for some sort of plan that all the adults were hiding from us.
I used to seriously misunderstand the concept of voting. I assumed whoever voted for one option would get it and whoever voted for the other option would get the other, instead of the option with more votes affecting everyone.
I thought an asylum seeker was a crazy person who checked in to an asylum on purpose.
Back in the mid 90's, when I was about 10, I used to believe that I was a prisoner in a digital world. I used to feel that beyond this reality was a utopia, and that I had broken the laws of that utopia and was imprisoned in a digital reality that was meant to continually punish me until I had learned my lesson, whatever it may be.
The Spanish word for president is "Presidente". I have a Mexican origin. When they told me Vicente Fox was the president of Mexico, I thougt that his name was Fox and that both Presidente and Vicente were titles. I used to boast to my school partners that Fox was Presidente AND Vicente of Mexico xD
When I was little I heard on the TV that poverty had something to do with politics. I knew politics was something the mayor do, and mayors take care of cities.
So I believed that poor people lived in poor towns, and rich people lived in rich towns.
I used to believe that (Captain) Ahab was a nickname for Abraham Lincoln, and so that the president and the hunter of Moby Dick were one and the same.
I used to believe that the US President knew every square inch of America. Not an acre unseen by our president.
When I was little I used to believe everything the government does is right and for the good of everyone.
When I was little I wanted to be president.
I thought a president has power to do whatever he or she wanted because I didn't know about the constitution or three branches of government. So I was determined to become president and make it a law that everyone had to have a horse.
When I was little I used to think that the main news anchorman on TV was the prime minister since he had gray hair and was on TV every night.
I thought you could vote as many times as you want, not just once.
I thought the secretary of defense/state etc just scribed stuff like a normal secretary and didn't do anything else