Monday, August 27, 2007

Excuse me, what?

RDL showed me this clip and I'll give 82 points to anyone who can explain to me either what argument she made or tried to make.



I am truly baffled. That said, I have a very good Republican candidate for '08. she is even Bush-ier than Bush. The base will love her. Any chance she is 35?

Two additional questions:
  • Is the guy moderating the pageant Slater from Saved by the Bell?
  • Should I feel guilty that watching this clip make me feel better about myself? Should this fact actually make me feel worse about myself?

7 Comments:

At 8/27/2007 , Blogger tikkunger said...

I'm going to go out on the limb here and say that her actual point was " wow am a I ever glad that I slept with four of the judges, cuz this map thing is hard".

Thanks for the morning chuckle.

 
At 8/27/2007 , Blogger Julia said...

It IS dude from Saved by the Bell. He's been going for comeback status through Dancing with the Stars and now apparently hosting Miss Teen America. Next stop, Grey's Anatomy!!

And this leaves me feeling kind of queasy. Can she find that on a map?

 
At 8/27/2007 , Blogger Eli said...

Not sure. But I think the appropriate Bush response would be: "I don't recall."

 
At 8/28/2007 , Blogger Liberal Jew said...

she did say that she was flustered and lost her train of thought...That said it is ridiculous!

But here it is:
Lauren Caitlin Upton, 18, got a chance to redeem herself Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show when she was again asked why one-fifth of Americans cannot locate the United States on a map.

"I would love to re-answer that question," the Miss Teen South Carolina said. "Well personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don't know anyone else who doesn't. And if the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography."
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/28/america/NA-GEN-US-Beauty-Queen-Geography.php


(sorry it won't let me do the HTML

 
At 9/05/2007 , Blogger Desh said...

See her sentence diagrammed at http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004882.html .

 
At 9/10/2007 , Anonymous AtoZ said...

The real story in this overall non-story is at the end of her "answer". We have to "create a better future for our children."

It's a fairly typical way of talking in America these days, that any otherwise odd, unclear, inexplicable or even counterproductive idea or policy can be instantly validated so long as one insists that it's all "for the children".

It's pretty similar to her eagerness for "helping South Africans". It's just familiar propaganda that's easily remembered and available to be recycled back into new sentences.

The question is whether propaganda has totally replaced her actual ability to think.

 
At 9/23/2007 , Blogger chillul Who? said...

Best response to her yet...

http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/09/14/some-people-out-there-dont-have-maps/

 

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