Senator Al Franken Demonstrates That He is More Than Just Another Pretty Face!

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Senator Al Franken draws an amazingly accurate map of all 50 states in the United States -- from memory -- during an appearance on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday at the Minnesota State Fair.

If you listen to Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)'s Gary Eichten's full interview with Senator Al Franken, you'll discover that health care was the big topic. Franken would not commit to an answer on the question of whether he'd support a health care bill without the "public option."

3 responses so far

  • GrayGaffer says:

    Al has been doing that since the 2000 elections at least. He used it as intro background to the TV political commentary talk show he used to run. In fact, IIRC, that shot had him doing the drawing from the back of a transparent board.

    He is an indubitably bright guy.

  • Nora Streed says:

    He's been doing that schtick since way way back when he was a writer on SNL. It is one of the funniest things ever. Somebody (Tom Davis?) was calling out election returns and he was drawing in the states as they talked, IIRC.

  • Bill K says:

    This is truly an amazing feat. But the obvious question is - why is it amazing?

    What is it about the human mind - the way we store a visual pattern - that lets us instantly recognize and appreciate how accurate Franken's drawing is. And yet makes it so difficult for us to quickly produce one of our own just like it.

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