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My father is an avid republican. When I was in preschool, we'd watch the news together, and whenever a picture of Bill Clinton came up, he'd point and say "That's the wicked wizard of the East. He kidnaps children."

I proceeded to go to my preschool class and warn all my friends about this evil wizard.

Anon
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When I was little I thought the london underground was a terrorist organisation

Anon
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When I was little, I thought people voted by putting out candidates' signs on their lawn. I thought if you put out more signs than you were voting more, and I didn't understand why we only put out 2.

Nicky
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I had a belief that if you dialed 1234567890 on your home telephone, that you would call the President of the United States.

Scottie
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I used to believe that the Demon Headmaster and Jack Straw were in fact one and the same person. I couldn't watch any parliamentary sections on the news because I thought that he was going to hypnotise me.

Pete
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Growing up in the UK in the 80s, I thought Margaret Thatcher was married to Michael Foot, the left-wing leader of the opposition, and that all the stuff on the news about her being the Iron Lady and him being a hopeless old lefty was to do with the fact that she bullied him at home and wouldn't do the cooking and stuff.

Billy
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When I was in kindergarten I was terrified of all things Halloween related, thanks to a book called "The House that Drac Built." When the 2000 election between Bush and Gore rolled around, we kindergartners got to vote. As I was scared of "Gore" (meaning blood and guts, as used in that book), I voted for Bush! A couple years later, when my classmates were saying he was a bad president, I was so ashamed because I thought my vote had actually counted and I'd helped elect a bad president. :(

Aretia
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I used to think that if the president (and maybe police officers as well; I don't remember) told anyone to do something, they were required by law to do it.

flarn2006
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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 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.

Pat
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I thought the President of the US was like the King of the World, and because he was America's president he would have to be good. After all, America was good. He always was and would always be President. Then people started complaining about him (Nixon)and saying how he did bad things, and I thought "How could this be? He's President of America and America is good." Then they started talking about imnpeachment, and I thought they were talking about peach-mint ice cream!

Kdees
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In 2nd grade, our teacher began every morning with a discussion of current events. One day she said that the topic for the next morning would be the Watergate hearings. That night I asked my mom what Watergate was, and she replied "It's a dirty trick by the Democrats to make the Republicans look bad."

My teacher wasn't too impressed with my answer.

Selena
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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.

prpleprincess
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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.

Anon
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i used to think that "waldo" was the w. in george w. bush. thanks dad

lauren
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i thought president Bush was an actuall bush.

oops
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Where I live (Santa Rosa) their is a magazine called The Press Democrat. As a kid I remember thinking there must also be a Press Republican but only Republicans can read it and vice versa for Press Democrat

Chronosceptor
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When I was very young, I would hear about the "Iron Curtain" and I thought it was a gigantic metal drapery between countries and no one could go through it.

AK
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When I was a child we listened to the radio for our news, and I remember hearing several times about how President Truman was having a Steak Dinner for visiting royalty. I knew steak was pretty scarce in our house so that would have been a nice treat. Of course, now I know he was hosting STATE Dinners for people.

MerryMarjie
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While in kindergarten one day, I remember somebody interrupting the class and telling us that Jimmy Carter had been elected president. Shortly after I asked my teacher what a president did and was given a rushed answer, "he runs for stuff...". For the few years following I believed that the president was a marathon runner who did so wearing a suit followed by other suited runners wearing dark sunglasses.

B Lantz
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