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When I was a child, I somehow got it into my head that 'The Government' was the same thing as the cobbler who wore a stained white overcoat and worked in a small shed at the bottom of the railway bridge near our house. I'm not sure where the connection came, but I remember it being maddening when, as a five year old, I attempted to explain to my mother the truth of the matter -- hoping she wouldn't be duped into believing the lie that everyone else had bought into.
When I was a small child, I used to believe that each night, Jimmy Carter (then president of the US) would come into every little girl's bedroom and say good night. We never did find out who (or what) that person was that I saw each night!
Up until myearly teeens I used to believe that a prostitute was the P in MP. Hence all MP's were prostitutes. :@)
When I was a kid in the late 70s my family took a trip to Washington, DC, and we toured the White House. I kept trying to look around corners while standing in line (ultimately to be yanked back in) because I thought that since it was the president's house, someone would come out to greet us. Even Amy Carter would have been great. After all, whenever people would come to OUR house, my mom and dad would have me come out from wherever I was to say hello to our company.
I was born in 1971. I don't remember Nixon resigning. I do remember Carter being elected president. All my memories of Gerald Ford, however, have somehow morphed into Chevy Chase falling off the podium on 'Saturday Night Live.'
as a child I beleived that if you had "united" in the name of your country you couldn't be involved in a war.... where I got this from I'll never know... but I recall watching the news with my parents and there was a foreign country with "united" in its name (no clue now which one) and I remember smuggly saying well they are united so they can't go to war. My parents swiftly corrected me and through the entire 80's I rarely slept the night thru due to thinking we'd launch into a nuclear war at any moment. ignorance is truly bliss i suppose....
When I was very little I used to believe that when someone was running for president, the two people running were at one side of the basketball court and raced to the other side and the winner of the race became president.
Because they had the same initials, I used to get Winston Churchill and Wilt Chamberlain (a tall, African-American basketball player) mixed up.
I used to think that -then- president Jimmy Carter had always been the president and always would be. Kinda like a family member.
Watching the news, during the 70's, my dad would always say, among other things, "goddamn communists!". I asked him what a communist was and he told me they think everyone should make the same wages and nobody can get rich. I couldn't see what the problem was.
I was 6 when JFK Sr. was killed. I thought the President lived under the dome of the capitol building. Sitting there in the center his President chair. Nothing else in the room. I couldnt understand how oswald got past the guards, climbed up the outside of the building, thru the large arched glassless windows and shot the President.
I was very little when President Nixon's Watergate scandal happened. My father sat me in front of the television and said "Darling, this is history you need to watch. Our president has been very bad and he's going to get impeached"
I was about three so I thought that they were going to lock Nixon up in a giant peach and I got very upset. I had heard about Peter-Peter Pumkin Eater's wife and I didnt think locking people up in vegatables was nice.
When I was 5 or 6 my mom would watch game shows all day. Then when Nixon was having his problems she must have watched a lot of the hearings. I remember thinking that our President was on a game show called Watergate?
I was about three years old, and Roosevelt and Dewey were running for
president. All of the adults in my life were voting for Roosevelt. A
slogan of his campaign was, "Keep Roosevelt in; keep Dewey out." I had
visions of this poor man, going from door to door, maybe in the rain,
trying to get inside somewhere. I thought that if he came to our house
I would let him in. I used to say, "I'll let Dewey in." My adults
laughed and thought that was funny.
When I was about 7 or 8, I started hearing people call JFK, "Jack," instead of, "John," like I'd always heard before. I knew he had a brother, but at the time I didn't know his name, so I just assumed that Jack was the brother. I think I even commented that it would have been funny if Jack had married Jackie. Little did I know...
I used to think running for president involved actually running somewhere.
I believed the Frank Prudue of chicken fame and Ed Koch, former mayor of NYC, were brothers.
And my mom told me it was true. She still laughs about it.
When I was in the fourth or fifth grade I learned that The Washington Post was considered the authoritative newspaper regarding politics and the government. I thought the paper was in Washington state, not Washington, D.C. I never understood how a newspaper way out west could be considered the authority on the federal government in the northeast. That misunderstanding persisted until I was in high school.
I used to believe that there weren't any private quarters in the White House. That is, that the president and his family actually lived in the big ballrooms and such.
I used to believe that everyone in the United States voted using electronic voting booths of the style used here at home (in central New York state). In fact, I believed this until the 2000 presidential election, and was flabbergasted to learn it was not true!