Now, I’m not going to take the cheap route, here, and jump all over Barack Obama (or compare him to Dan Quayle) just for suggesting that his time spent schmoozing world leaders is important because he expects to be “dealing with them over the next 8 to 10 years,”. Every schoolchild knows that – unless he’s expecting to repeal the 22nd amendment – no president will serve more than two four year terms. I’m sure Obama, who is a brilliant constitutional scholar and former editor of the Harvard Law Review (albeit one who appears to have published no writings), knows better and simply misspoke. We all do that, right?
I know I do. Frequently. Which is why if elected I will not serve!
Actually, Beldar tells why it IS important to consider the gaffe.
But this is a good opportunity for Americans to test themselves on what they know and don’t know. In a few months, we’ll all be voting. It would probably be a good thing to be aware of just how up-to-date we are with things, and also what we know of civics (that would be knowledge of our founding documents, rights and so forth) which should be interesting given that “civics” classes, as such, are no longer part of most high school curricula.
So…here we go. Two tests, the first one is pretty easy – it’s the stuff you should be picking up with a cursory reading of the news. I got them all correct, although that only translated to 97% for some reason – but it is interesting to compare what you know to the rest of the country, and to break it down.
The second test, the American Civics Literacy Test is much more challenging. I got 93.33%, although I think on 2-3 of my answers I just got lucky.
Take the tests (h/t reader Dick T.) give them to your kids. I’d love to see our presidential candidates take the Civics test…if we could be sure they wouldn’t get coaching! Kim at Wizbang seems to want to see that, too.