When Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina 2007, was asked why one-fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a map during the interview portion of the Miss Teen USA pageant, her confused, mangled response earned her international notoriety.
She told host Mario Lopez: “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future. For our children.”
She explained later on the “Today Show” that she was overwhelmed by the question. Who hasn’t had that happen?