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I was born during the Watergate hearings and grew up hearing how responsible Nixon was for the Vietnam Conflict. So, I used to believe that Nixon was the boogey man hiding underneath my bed and that Vietnam was a monster that took children away from their parents.
When the B.Clinton-miss L. thing happend i thought that that was the reason why it was called the "white house"
I thought that the 'Patriot Act' was something to do with patriotism about America
I thought Santa was the President of the North Pole. It was stupid I know
i'm 15 and until a about a month ago i thought the UN (united nations) was just another name for UK (united kingdom).i only found out the truth because this guy from united nations came to talk to us at school.not knowing i asked my fiends "why is it so special that he's from Britain?" They looked at me very strangely and told me (in a voice they would use for toddlers) that i had it all wrong.i was so embarrassed!!!they still sometimes tease me about it.but i'm used to being teased for doing dumb things.
I thought the Election Day was a holiday of having sex with someone you love. I misunderstood that holiday as Erection Day.
When I was young, I saw on TV that the US President was named Reagan, which is very similar to the German word "Regen" (meaning "rain") so I thought the Americans say "Reagan" for rain.
When i was in kindergarten George Bush was president(the first George Bush) and there was this kid in my class whos last name was bush and i thought he was the president's kid.
When I first 'Homeland Security', I thought that 'Homeland Security' was about securing you home by installing security alarms and surveillance cameras in every room to protect your house from terrorism.
When I was about 6, which would have made it about 1951, I said something innocuous to my grandparents and my grandfather said, "Better not say things like that, or McCarthy will get you." He was joking, but for years I thought "McCarthy" was some kind of mythical ogre like the "boogeyman" who would kidnap you if you misbehaved. For years every time I was bad I worried about "McCarthy". Many years later I found out I hadn't been all that far off.
When there was a referendum for Quebec to seperate from Canada I actuallay thought that Quebec was literally gonna break apart from Canada and that a whole bunch of people would stand on the border and push Quebec away from Canada with machines.
When the politicians were talking about issues which begins with the word "pro-" as in pro-war, pro-immigration, pro-abortion, etc. I thought they were professional on war, immigration, gun-control, etc.
When I first heard "USA PATRIOT act" from the news and in the magazine, I thought that "USA PATRIOT act" is something about the Americans involved in patriotism like people should love America and be patriotic about the nation.
When I was about eight, since basically all my parents watched was the news, I thought that the definition of politics was old guys in suits that argued about what was in law textbooks. My mom later explained it when I was ten.
when i was little(about 2), george Bush was president and i thought he and his vice president were people who snuck around and hid behind bushes and got information about people, and his vice president wrote down everything.
There was a US presidential election when I was in 2nd Grade, my teacher showed the class what the president says as he is sworn in: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the President of the United States etc."
I used to believe for about a year following that day that the incoming President *executes* the President who's leaving. My parents laughed so hard -- apparently, they thought it was fitting for the old President to be executed!
I used to believe that Barbara Castle was a building you could visit. (She was a British government minister at the time!)
When I was little I thought each person was elected individually, so if you liked one presidental canidate and someone else's vice president canidate, you could mix and match. When they announced the winners, everybody who won would get together and work together to run the country.
Oh to be so innocent still...
i used to believe that everytime we elected a president was because the old one died!!:)
when was little i used to believe that if you won the grand national you would become prime minister