During his first answer, Thompson ran into trouble when he paused to think, and it seemed like he might never return. The dead air was longer than some of his lines of movie dialogue. He got more comfortable over the two hours, though, and by the end of the debate, he was relaxed enough to answer the pop-quiz question about the prime minister of Canada, a piece of trivia that would have been devastating had he botched it.
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the prime minister of Canada, a piece of trivia
Gee, makes us up here in the frozen north feel good, eh? I would hope that wouldn't trip up any federally elected official in the US, but I know better.
See also: Talking to Americans.