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19th-Feb-2008 09:58 pm
In class today, my professor created a powerpoint presentation with several slides. On each slide was a picture of somone famous. She then asked us to identify the people. We went through the slides twice, the first time writing down who we thought the people were, and the second time the professor telling us the answers. I've decided that my class is very, very stupid.

I was one of three people (out of 20-25) who correctly identified Nancy Pelosi (no, this isn't the mock, though it should be mock-worthy).

I was one of seven people to correctly identify Dick Cheney. Yikes.

Once Cheney's picture came up the second time, one girl in the back yells, "That's Barack Obama! He's the guy I'm voting for in the election! He's the guy who's going to make this country better."

Okay, yeah that hurt. I'm not sure how a person could get Barack Obama confused with the guy who's been vice president for the last eight years. It kept going though. One of the other pictures was Arlon Spector (Pennsylvania Senator, who's very, very WHITE...yes, that's important). She identified him as Colin Powell.

She's graduating in May, folks. Be afraid.
20th-Feb-2008 03:51 am (UTC)
Plenty of people don't pay attention to politics and wouldn't be able to put names to faces in that area, but I'm letting this through because she obviously THINKS she knows about politics, since she knows that Obama is "the guy I'm voting for in the election! He's the guy who's going to make this country better." Oy. Had she just said "I don't know" it wouldn't have been all that stupid.
20th-Feb-2008 05:16 am (UTC)
That's why I submitted it. If she had just shook her head and said that she didn't know who they were, I wouldn't have considered submitting.

That plus the guy she thought she was voting for was actually the Vice President.
20th-Feb-2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Ooh, she sounds like a poli sci major
20th-Feb-2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Communications actually. She claims that she just can't be bothered with anything having to do with politics because, "Politics are boring, and if something's boring, it's not important."
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20th-Feb-2008 04:16 am (UTC)
One night I caught Jay Leno, and he was going around with pictures of a number of political figures, and was asking people to identify them.

One picture was of Condoleezza Rice, one person said they thought it was Hillary.

One picture showed Kerry, identified him as "that one lockbox guy".

A picture of Obama, a guy correctly identified him. Leno then asked, "Do you know his first name." Response: "Obama's not his first name? Hmmm. Well, I bet Oprah would know it."

With the picture of Huckabee, Leno would say the first name, and try to give them a clue as to the last name, usually saying "Huckaaa-insect. Huckaaa-bzzzzz". Some responses? Huck-bzzbzz, Huckacockroach, Huckagrasshopper.

20th-Feb-2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Admittedly I probably could not tell the Old White Men Republican candidates apart. (Well, possibly I would recognize McCain.) Because seriously, after a while, all politicians start to look alike.
20th-Feb-2008 04:37 am (UTC)
..I don't think that's that bad.

It's easy to tune things like that out.
20th-Feb-2008 04:54 am (UTC)
My Children know who Dick Cheney and Barack Obama are. They're aged 6, 10 and 13 respectively.

Tuning out and being completely ignorant are two different things.

Edited at 2008-02-20 04:55 am (UTC)
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20th-Feb-2008 04:37 am (UTC)
20th-Feb-2008 05:36 am (UTC)
*offers shoulder*

*wimpers, too*
20th-Feb-2008 05:14 am (UTC)
I don't think I could identify Pelosi, but that's because I get a lot of my national political coverage from NPR or reading the news online w/o paying much attention to the picture.

But yeah, I doubt that's an excuse most of your classmates can use.
20th-Feb-2008 05:33 am (UTC)
Haha, yeah I'm not too surprised by the lack of people who knew Pelosi. And I highly doubt the people in my class listen to NPR. Most of them don't care about politics at all. They're convinced that it's not important. Obviously. Because politics play no role in your lives.
20th-Feb-2008 05:28 am (UTC)
I guess spelling doesn't count.
20th-Feb-2008 05:50 am (UTC)
roflmao ... omg ... too funny.

I wouldn't have been able to identify arlon spector...but i sure as hell know who colin powell is
20th-Feb-2008 05:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't get spector. I know who he is, but I didn't recognize him in the picture. I definitely knew he wasn't Colin Powell though.
20th-Feb-2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Arlen Specter. E's-no O's. Spector is Phil, the rock guy. Not like Google is broken, or anything.
20th-Feb-2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Why would you Google something you thought you knew how to spell, though? It's a name that has multiple spellings and for something as casual as an LJ post I don't think I'd go look up which one it was either. If it was some really hard foreign-sounding name that I thought I only had a 50/50 shot at getting right, I'd look it up, but something like this? Not so much.
20th-Feb-2008 06:46 am (UTC)
I have no idea what Nancy Pelosi looks like, but I know she's our rather ineffective current Speaker.

But y'know, even if I didn't know what Obama looked like, I could never EVER confuse him with Dick "Buckshot" Cheney. (although I might confuse Cheney's picture with Gorbachev -- have you noticed they kinda look alike? well minus that whole birthmark thing on Gorby's forehead, I suppose.)
20th-Feb-2008 06:59 am (UTC)
This reminds me somewhat of a scene at the beginning of Super Size Me where the guy is showing kids pictures and every single kid correctly identified Ronald McDonald but pretty much nobody knew who George Washington was...

That worries me.
20th-Feb-2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
That was so scary :(
20th-Feb-2008 08:17 am (UTC)
I... I couldn't continue after hearing that she thinks that Cheney is Obama (or vice versa, I'm not going to attempt to figure her 'logic'.) My brain began to dribble out my ear.
20th-Feb-2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
It made me happy when the entire class did a collective *facepalm*
20th-Feb-2008 11:54 am (UTC)
...Ok, so I just showed my ENGLISH friend pictures of both Obama and Cheney. Now, she had no idea who Cheney was (aside from shooting guy), but she sure as hell knew he wasn't Obama!

Edited at 2008-02-20 11:55 am (UTC)
20th-Feb-2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
There are far too many Americans who are frighteningly uninformed. I am ashamed :(
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20th-Feb-2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if I was shown a picture of a lot of old, white Republicans, I doubt I'd be able to identify any of them (with the exception of Cheney).

But how does one confuse Obama and Cheney? It makes no sense!!
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20th-Feb-2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah as far as I know we get it ;p.

I'm just surrounded by people who say things like, "Politics are boring, so they must not be important. If they were important, they wouldn't be boring. Besides, they don't really affect my life, so why should I bother to pay attention to them?"

I'm moving to Canada.
20th-Feb-2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
You might have to upgrade to silver bullets to take care of this one.
20th-Feb-2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
I know the difference between Obama and Cheney, certainly. Give me pictures of five black guys in suits, and five white guys in suits, and I probably couldn't pick out either of the two, because I am really not image-focused, to the point that I tend to skip right past most of the illustrations in the newspaper. But I know why Cheney is dangerous, and that he shot a friend in the face. [Even I can probably pick Clinton out from four other white women in suits--but I live in New York, so I see more photos of her.]
20th-Feb-2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the fact that most of the people in the class couldn't identify faces was only a small part of the mock. It was more about how she was so sure she was voting for Obama, and then thought he was Dick Cheney.
20th-Feb-2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
I can spot all of those and I haven't even been to America in two years.
20th-Feb-2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Although the purpose of this comm is to mock the stupid, sometimes it's a nice bonus when you can learn something, too. So, thanks for posting this, because I didn't know who Nancy Pelosi was and went and looked her up. I'm really glad I did, because she's pretty important. Eh, mock me if you like. But it's not like I would have messed up Dick Cheney. :-P
20th-Feb-2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I gave up television years ago, so although I know *who* Dick Cheney is, I'm not sure I'd recognize him. I *would* recognize Bush. I wouldn't recognize Obama, but I do know he's black, and I was still watching TV back when Colin Powell was in the news so no problem there.
20th-Feb-2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she's a Communications major with an emphasis in TV/Film. She wants to be a news anchor.

You'd think she'd pay more attention to the news if that's where she wants her career to go ;p
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20th-Feb-2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
I guess it's a good thing it's not a photo ballot.

I don't know that I would correctly identify Pelosi..I've only seen her a handful of times. I do most of my news-reading via NYtimes online, which has far fewer pictures that I generally skip over. I don't watch TV news at all, except the daily show/colbert report.

maybe she's just trying to show how "colorblind" she is. it's all the rage nowadays. ;)
20th-Feb-2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
A few of us were actually talking to each other, saying, "Please, just let her be colorblind. Just let her be colorblind."

She's not :(
20th-Feb-2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
LOL, oh my God. I laughed so hard and shared this with everyone that happens to be with me right now. Oh they laughed so damn hard, too. Good times. Many thank.
21st-Feb-2008 02:26 am (UTC)
If it had been anyone else, I wouldn't be so surprised. How do you imagine a message like Obama's coming from a face like Cheney's? He actually looks like he is made of hatred and greed. If I had never seen any of them before, I'd still say "That's probably Dick Cheney."
21st-Feb-2008 06:21 am (UTC)
Agreed. The man just looks evil.
21st-Feb-2008 04:19 am (UTC)
I vaguely know who Nancy Pelosi, but I probably wouldn't be able to identify a picture of her. But getting Cheney confused with Obama? That's just depressing. I wonder how she'll react when she finds out he's half black....
23rd-Feb-2008 08:01 am (UTC)
Yeah that makes me wonder if she ever found out who Obama really was...? I can almost see her reaction in my head, and it makes me facepalm.
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