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I haven't seen this variation on the Watergate theme yet:
Like a lot of the others here who were around six or seven years old during Watergate, I had a very literal interpretation about some kind of "Water Gate" that was broken, clogged or overflowing in some way. I put that together with all the "bugs" I kept hearing about and thought that if you turned on a sink faucet bugs would come pouring out. I only remember being afraid of the faucets for a day or two (it was probably only an hour, lol!) before my parents straightened it all out for me but I I still think about it every time I hear the word Watergate.
I used to believe that all Republicans were Protestants and all Democrats were Catholic.
When my brother (16 yrs my senior) went to vote in the General Election I asked him to put my vote in for Harold Wilson - on his return he confirmed that he'd done it. When he won I was delighted and told all my friends about how I had contributed to the victory. It was about 10 years later when my sister-in-law, in an argument, told me that you have to be 18 to vote. I couldn't believe that my brother had lied to me.
When I was in kindergarten I saw a picture on the news of George Washington on a one dollar bill, and from that point on (until I said so in class) I believed George Washington was president of the United States.
I used to think that the President of the United States did the evening news because Ronald Reagan looked a lot like Dan Rather to me.
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!!!
When I was 5 Jimmy Carter was running for reelction against Reagan. My parents were devoted Democrats, and somehow I got the idea in my head that if REagan won he would send all of the people who voted for Carter to Alaska to live with the Eskimos. I kept this to myself for a while, petrified, before finally breaking down and telling my mother, who assured me I would not need a parka no matter how the election turned out!
One time during the presidential race between George Bush and Al Gore, my friend's parents asked her, "who do you think will win the election?" She said, "I vote for George Washington! I vote for George Washington!" (she was five at the time)
Up Until 7yrs Old I used To Think President Regan Used To Be The President Of The World.
I thought that the 'Patriot Act' was something to do with patriotism about America
When I was little I remember that my parents said the State of the Union would be on TV that night. We lived in Florida at the time, and I was really, really hoping we would win. I thought State of the Union was a title just like Man of the Year. We didn't win, did we?
I thought the Government was a high-ranking politician who shared duties with the President (I'm American). The president mostly gave speeches, and the Government did the work.
When I was little and used to watch the world news, I thought that Peter Jennings was the President.
For ages I used to believe that Tony Blair was the government because evertime I heard Tony Blair, I heard government and everytime I heard government I'd hear Tony Blair
I used to believe the whitewater scandal meant a bad person polluted water to make it white. I was very cautious when I turned a faucet or drinking fountain.
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.
Back when President Bush Sr. was in office I had to be about 5. I remember my dad was watching him make a speech on TV and he started laughing. I asked him why he started to laugh at Bush and he told me, "No reason, he's just a good man." So everytime Bush said something (Even though I had no clue what 'Desert Storm' was or even the 'budget') I laughed at him becuase I thought it would make him more chairismatic....
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!
I heard my parents talking about the upcoming elections in 1976, talking about Carter. Well, in my small world, I thought that Kotter from the tv show Welcome Back, Kotter was running for president.
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.