She Was Right The First Time

August 28, 2007 / Posted by:

18-year-old Caitlin Upton became an overnight star when she gave the hottest answer in pageant history. It placed her third. Caitlin went on “Today” this morning to give her answer again. Her original answer to the question, “Why can’t one fifth of Americans find the U.S. on a world map?” was:

“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uhmmm, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and uh, I believe that our, I, education like such as, uh, South Africa, and uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uhhh, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.”

Her “do-over” answer was:

“Personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on a map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. If the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography in our education so people will learn how to read maps better.”

She was right the first time. That do-over sucked! You know she didn’t even come up with that and that’s the best they could do after more than 48-hours practice! I would’ve answer “Well, most Americans are dumb.” For the win!!!

Caitlin said she was shocked at the question and that’s why she froze up. “Everything did come at me at once. And I made a mistake — everybody makes a mistake — I’m human. Right when the question was asked of me, I was in shock!

What they should’ve done is asked her to find the U.S. on a world map. The shock alone would’ve sent her into cardiac arrest.

Click here to see her “do-over” answer.

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