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During the '88 presidential elections, when I was 4 years old, I was convinced that the winner was determined through a series of ballroom dancing contests. I had vivid fantasies of Bush dancing awkwardly, and I thought that adults were very strange to choose their leader based on these performances.

Alex
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I live in Kansas, and I have all my life. I always was a fairly logical kid (although my behavior apeared to contradict this!) and I always tried to make sense of complex things. When I was a little kid, I heard people talking about the Governer. Well, one time we went to the capital of the state, Topeka, Kansas. And we saw the Capitol building and iI remember Mom pointing out its ts big, green copper dome, etc. I remember Mom saying thats where the governer was. I thought that the governer headed the government and the president headed the country. I thought they were separate organizations that ruled the country. I always thought it was neat that they had the government based in Topeka. I always asked people things like, "Hey, why did they put the govermmnt in Kansas?" I always wondered why they would choose such a half-a**, redneck place like Kansas to put such an important thing. I was kind of stupid but smarter than other kids my age. at least I knew who the governor was.

Nick
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I was absolutely horrified to find out that a president could be elected before everyone - ie ALL voters - had agreed to who was the best candidate. I thought the job was much too important to hire someone lots of people didn't want.

K.
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I used to think the president was the richest person in the country

president's daughter ;)
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I was about seven or eight when Jimmy Carter won the Presidency of the USA. All the media coverage leading up to the election referred to, "The run for the White House." Well the bit that confused me was - why didn't a younger fitter man win?

Steve John
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I belived that Priminister was the female version and you were called President if you were a man! Know that proves I was a child of the 80's

Rachel Greaves
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I was bourn on 23 April 79 just days before Margaret Thatcher became prim minister and so until around 8 years old I thought you had to be a woman to be Prime minister.

Lawrence
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I used to believe that whenever I saw someone that looked like the German Chanceller Schroder they were realy him So I would always say : It is an honor to meet you Mr.Chanceller Sir.
After I finnaly got it into my head that I would never ever have just met Schoeder on the street like that I was a embarresed that I never went out of the house without peeing in my pants.

azeymichi
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You know how the U.S penny is copper, and most of the rest are silver-looking? When I was in kindergarten, I firmly believed that Abraham Lincoln was a black man due to his color on the penny--- after all the rest of the presidents had silver (white) coins, while Lincoln had copper (brown) coins. Even when I saw a picture of him, I though the press was lying to us. I never understood why all the adults kept on saying that "We should have a black president" and I would always say impatiently that we already had one! As a result people just laughed at me and called me an idiot. Man--- all that over a damn penny! I was mainly laughed at the rest of my childhood. Needless to say, I have learned not to judge anyone by the amount of melanin they just so happen to have in their skin!

The girl who knew nothing
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I thought president's state of the union speech was about the best state in the union. I would listen to the speech hoping Illinois would be named number one. After I figured out what the speech was about, I never listened again.

Steve Pribish
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I used to believe that Labor Day was a day for honoring all the pregnant women who were going into labor.

Lynn
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When I was little I used to think that any political race (like presidential) was an actual relay type race and that they ran around a track passing the baton off to vice presidential candidates

Hollie
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When I was 3, in 1991, the priest at our church was named Father Bush. I thought he was President :-P I remember he came to the Senior Dinner the girl scouts ran (I was a girl scout) and I was so jealous because this girl I hated got to serve him his dinner and I really wanted to serve dinner to the president!!!

Anon
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When I was younger, every year on the fourth of July, my dad would ask me to help him put the flag up on the front of our house. My father is a civil war buff, and because of that, we had been to Gettysburg many times by the time of this particular incident and I knew about Lincoln and was particularly fascinated by him because he was talking in the wax museum. :-O Anyway, I was helping my father, and I drooped the flag a bit too low. He said to me "Don't droop the flag, you'll make Lincoln angry!" All I could picture in my head was a giant Lincoln head in the sky, steaming from his ears, yelling obscenities commanding the Union Army to attack me because I drooped the flag. I never helped my dad again.

Renae
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i believed that the president was the king of the world so i was sooo excited when our 1st grade class wrote to him and got a reply! then when the president changed i started crying because i always thought that when you became president you died 4 years later! hahahahaha wow i was really stupid

zlata
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I used to hear on TV all the time about the "government", and think it was an actual person who was even more important and powerful than the president, except nobody actually saw him or knew his name.

Brandon Campbell
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True story: When i was in first grade and the first Gulf War was going on, i thought Saddam Hussein's name was Saddam "Who's Sayin"
I'm like, Saying What?

Holly
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I used to hear adults using the phrase "sectarian violence" in relation to Northern Ireland and think it had something to do with garden secateurs. I also thought the "Cod War" between Britain and Iceland in the 70s was some sort of battle being fought by the fish themselves.

Gary Hird
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for the longest time i thought that Stockwell Day was some kind of holiday about the stock market. but stockwell day was a leader of the canadian alliance (or something). it's not my fault if his name is weird!

mop
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I used to believe that "the bomb" was literally one bomb and resided in the White House, and I was fearful that some cleaning lady might drop it when dusting and that would be the end of us.

tcbyrd
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