VIDEO: Students struggle to identify Ronald Reagan

Gabriella Morrongiello
Washington Examiner White House Correspondent

  • Students at the University of Maryland could not identify a photograph of Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President.
  • Reporter Dan Joseph captured the students’ wildly inaccurate answers on camera in his latest video for MRCTV.
  • Ronald Reagan speaking in Minnesota, 1982.

    At this rate, they will never win one for the Gipper.

    Despite paying up to $44,645 annually for their college education, students at the University of Maryland were unable to identify a portrait of one of the most recognizable U.S. presidents.

    In his latest video for the Media Research Center, reporter Dan Joseph travelled to UMD’s suburban campus just outside Washington, D.C. with a picture of Ronald Reagan to gauge students’ awareness of the 40th President of the United States.

    “Um, is that Bush—the first Bush?” one student asked Joseph.

    Despite offering clues describing the photographed man as “an actor” and “leader of the free world,” students continued to stare blankly or misidentify the iconic president.

    “That’s Ronald Reagan? Oh, okay. Wow,” said another student.

    When asked what he thought about his peers’ inability to identify Reagan, one student told Joseph “that’s pretty surprising considering that’s a United States president.”

    Gabriella Morrongiello

    Gabriella Morrongiello

    Washington Examiner White House Correspondent

    Gabby Morrongiello is the White House Correspondent for the Washington Examiner, and previously, she worked as the Washington Bureau Chief for the New York Post. Prior to joining those publications, Gabby worked as a Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias around the country. During her time as a correspondent, Gabby appeared regularly on Fox News, The Blaze, and One America News. She is a graduate of George Washington University.  

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