Pathetic: Miss USA contestants face tougher questions than President Obama

On Sunday, 24-year-old Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo, was crowned Miss USA 2014. She will go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant.

While most people probably think ‘bikini contest’ when they hear the words ‘Miss USA,’ Sunday’s finalists were actually peppered with surprisingly hard-hitting and timely questions during the Q&A portion of the competition. On radio this morning, Glenn wondered what this country has devolved into when beauty pageant contestants face tougher questioning than the president of the United States.

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“Let me go back to the beauty contest because we’re asking tough questions of our beauty contestants, but we are not asking any tough questions of anybody in the White House,” Glenn said. “This kills me. Honestly, we should just start asking the White House press secretary, ‘Who are you wearing?’”

The top six finalists in Sunday’s competition responded to an array of questions about the value of a college degree, the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.

Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari was asked if a college degree is still important in today’s society considering the cost of higher education and how difficult it is to get a job after graduation.

“I do think going to college is relevant at this point,” Mari responded. “I know my parents’ generation, there was — are a lot of people who are extremely successful who never did get a college degree, but in this day and age I know it’s extremely hard to find a job, even after four years of college. So I do think it’s extremely important to go and get your education and, I guess, further your education after high school.”

The contests eventual winner Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez – a Taekwondo expert – was asked what can be done to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

“I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public,” she said. “But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves. Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that’s something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.”

Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry may have faced the most difficult question of the night. She was asked whether the U.S. government was right to release five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl.

Let’s put this into perspective once again: This is a beauty pageant!

“I am glad that we got our guy back,” Guidry said. “However, I do not feel it is right that we subject ourself to these acts of terrorism. I do agree with our guy being back but, however, I do not think that we should subject ourselves.”

“She did the best she can under the circumstances,” Pat said. “Pretty good answer.”

When you consider what the White House press corps asks – or, rather, doesn’t ask – President Obama, you can’t help but wonder why we are holding our beauty pageant contestants to a higher standard than our president.

“I have questions that I think we should start asking the beauty queens, and they’re not any of the ones that were asked,” Glenn concluded. “We don’t ask the President anything. We ask the President, ‘What was your favorite day this week?’ That’s what we’re asking. ‘What makes you so great?’”

And just for old times’ sake, enjoy this ill-fated Q&A moment courtesy of Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton competing in the 2007 Miss Teen USA contest:

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • John Scott

    Do you ever get real answers from the White House anyway? Its pretty much here’s our lies and were sticking too them. Never seen a Administration spend so much time covering up since Nixon. You almost think some news media is on the White House payroll?

  • Samuel Sprague

    In your assessment of Bergaduh was pretty sexist Glenn, Stu nailed it… Way to go Stu….

  • Dave S

    Nixon did try to cover up the watergate scandal… Obama has a watergate event every week.. and what does the house do….NOTHING what do the dems do … walk in lock step

  • Anonymous

    Did Audra Mari actually say “there was are”, or is this another case of the missing proofreader?

  • jenFLUSA

    TOUGH QUESTIONS ARE NEVER ANSWERED. They are either covered up with EXCUSES, LIES or TRADED-IN WITH ANOTHER ISSUE. Indeed, swept under the rug.

  • Lisa K. Boker Burgett

    Politicians are just a waste of questions… not honest answers – and they are also a BIG waste of money as they are already puppets to BIG Bank International.

  • AlexisJaime

    When a reporter asks a politician a question, the politician ignores the question and then recites talking points. The reporter accepts the answer like a good government employee and moves on to the next question and the politician moves on to the next talking point.

  • Anonymous

    You do know that her answer disqualified her from any possibility of winning. Her answer was straightforward, accurate and correct, and I mean correct , not the politically correct answer that they wanted we have been here before.

  • Anonymous

    Why would they ask political based questions of a beauty contestant? I never understood why they asked any questions. Beauty and talent and poise is the point.

  • Anonymous

    The problem is there are so many scandals it makes it seem like
    the Republicans are piling on. Let’s see, there’s the IRS, the DOJ
    attacking the free press, and Benghazi scandals. Then the VA and now the prisoner exchange travesty. How can all of these scandals, each as important as Watergate, be looked into properly without looking like we are piling on. And I have not named them all (how about the missuse of the EPA and the DOJ’s failure to look into cases harmful to Obama Buddies? We should have a contest for who can come up with the most scandals tied to this White House. But that would be piling on!

  • Anonymous

    You could accept that from a young, terrified beauty contestant, but why our
    elected officials?

  • Ann hamilton

    I loved the answer miss Georgia gave to her question!

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    Why is it that Obama does not get ask these tough questions? I mean I like her answers but come on press instead of asking her ask Obama and while you are at it ask him why he blamed a youtube video on the deaths of four Americans.

  • DonkeyHoatie

    Believe it or not, there are many on the left who deny that these are even scandals, or have anything to do with Obama, Democrats, or liberals at all. They still claim it’s all about hate for Obama.

  • Candy Kriegel

    I didn’t watch the whole competition, but I made it far enough to learn that Miss Pennsylvania is the product of a random rape attack on her mother.
    I’m sorry she didn’t win. We have an entire society of people that think she shouldn’t exist because her mother was raped, but her mother chose life for her daughter and all that that implies.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, why don’t they ask the contestants what their most “magical moment” was? Journalism is dead.

  • Glenn Coughlin

    Does Glenn even have the brain power to differentiate between tough and easy questions.
    This idiot flunked out of college and was fired from Fox News, which he tried to play off as a personal choice.

  • Take 2

    Truly only one word = Pathetic. (Period)

  • AlexisJaime

    I didn’t say it was appropriate to accept that kind of answer from an elected official.

  • Boo2

    Oh My! How old is she?! 6? My 6 year old granddaughter has a better vocabulary and understanding of the English language then this poor girl does! I could say a blonde joke right about now but that would not be politically correct would it?
    But then ask me if I care if it is politically correct?! No, not much!

    Edit: Before someone misunderstands the answer, this was in reference to the Miss Teen contest.
    Was my answer harsh? Well when you consider the load of bull being taught in our public schools these past 20+ years, by the indoctrinated teachers, who have forgotten the basic “Three R’s”, I guess this is all that can be expected.

  • Anonymous

    By my reckoning, this goes back at least 40 years if not more. (I graduated from high school in 1965!) Nothing surprises me anymore and it’s not just the USA.I travel frequently, to Asia, Europe and Australia. The shallowness is everywhere…only in different degrees.

  • Anonymous

    What should we expect when people get their “news” from Steven Colbert or John Stewart? Have you noticed, by the way, that many winners of the spelling bee and the geography bee are home schooled or whose parents put a big premium on education?

  • Anonymous

    I think SMART phones are making us dumber. (I have an Apple by the way so you trolls should give it a rest!)

  • Anonymous

    What is pathetic is that Obama could bomb a school full of children and still get 40% of the vote! Blind Democrats!

  • Sargent Pepper

    maybe they had some good questions, but the answers were fluff.

  • Flash Kellam

    You are absolutely right, Geoffrey. I too have
    considered the advantage to Obama of having multiple scandals.

    The old Nazi technique worked like this: “When you tell a lie, tell a BIG LIE. Tell it loud enough and often enough, and eventually everybody will believe it as though it were true.”

    The Obama variant might be stated thusly: “When you have a scandal, have A LOT of scandals. Make them so many in number and in such close proximity to each other, and
    eventually no one will be able to sort them out.”

    By the way, this situation proves that the United States is indeed a racist country. Any white president involved in
    one-tenth of the scandals of the Obama administration would have been impeached, found guilty, and removed from office long before this point. His black skin and the charge of racism is all that’s protecting him.

  • kay

    Duh???

  • olford

    Praise God. His plan is always for righteousness. . Romans 8: 28

  • Guest

    There’s that liberal bullsh*t you people are noted for.

    Your quote: “Brilliant and intelligent statement.You were trained well.
    When beaten, attack the opposition with personal, b.s. attacks to try and save face.”

    Hypocrite!

  • Boo2

    You are so correct on that one ABitterClinger!
    I hate to admit this but my other granddaughter, 13 years old and in 8th grade, is an atrocious speller! I cannot believe how bad she spells! And she just finished 8th grade with a 97.3 average for the year! And she can’t spell! She’s a sweetheart and works her buns off making good grades. I can’t believe her teachers, through all these years, have never worked with her! Amazing and so pathetic on their part. And then they have the nerve to complain they are underpaid!
    I’m sure people will come out of the woodwork about my last comment. But too bad! Like the old saying….throw a stone into a pack of dogs….!

  • Anonymous

    Ha Ha! My cat knows what T R E A T spells.

  • Jess Latt

    Very good and respectful response. I would have went insane trying to answer that specific question.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn Coughlin — Glenn the wax out of your ears or stop listening to your string pullers like a good little sheeple. No, Glenn did not flunk out of college—he did not have the money for tuition to continue. Regardless, he can think circles around idiots like you.

    Well, no, it was not fired—like in unqualified; your hero, Oblumbler, et al, was getting companies to boycott Fox and Roger, apparently, didn’t have the backbone to stand up to to the blackmail. Regardles, it turned out great for Glenn! Look at what he has been able to accomplish in just a short period of time. “One door has to close for another to open.”

    Now, go back to your self-inflicted brain-drain.

  • Guest

    Who’s critical questions, and why?

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t worry about your granddaughter. I know lots of very smart people who can’t spell. Furthermore, she’s still very young. Some things take time. Cheers.

  • Anonymous

    We don’t have a president we have a CEO. We don’t have a government we have a DC city incorporation. We don’t have constitutional law…we have Lex Fori law.

  • Anonymous

    That should be corporation employee…

  • Bill Norris

    Nope, government employee is the correct answer. Even more accurate would be an administration employee.

  • peminpa

    They ask the girls tough questions because they are representing the country at a variety of different events. The “beauty queens” are actually very intelligent young women and are doing amazing things in our communities. Follow their platforms and see the people they meet and things they do and you will understand why they need to know current events. I am not as familiar with the Miss USA pageant but I know the Miss America system is a scholarship pageant so academics is part of the scoring and they have to turn in transcripts for judging. As for the clip of the Teen contestant, my heart goes out to her. She is only a Teen….not an adult…She is up on stage in front of an huge crowd and is extremely nervous. She deserves respect because she had enough guts to get up there in the first place. They have no idea what questions are going to be asked and she lost it. Think of how many people are terrified of public speaking and then give her some consideration.

  • AlexisJaime

    Depends on how you define corporation. If you define is as a business incorporated with government, then I would accept “corporation employee” as a correct answer, but so would “government employee”.

    I suspect we both believe the media in general is a talking puppet for the government.

  • Anonymous

    Well if that is the job. Their eloquence in speaking of political ideology. Whats with the bathing suit contest or even the talent competition. After all if it is about current events and accomplishments of social nature why isn’t that the criteria for the contest. Instead of poise and beauty. Shouldn’t we be bored with montages of their community serving accomplisments instead.

    If they win they are instructed what to say at events anyway. It doesn’t require thoughtful ability to recite talking points. Which will be her job. And those speaking events are usually humanitarian or community based. Not political. They simply want to judge them on their ideology which has no meaning for the title. Just asked to satisfy a liberal whim. So they can excercise their intolerance. For if she disagrees with their political ideology they will eliminate her. And that is the only purpose of the political litmus test.

    As a rule cerebral pursuits don’t usually require a swimsuit competition. So it has morphed into a schizophrenic endeavor at best. The tough political questions should be asked of the politicians.

  • peminpa

    I am not saying politicians should not be asked the tough questions, they certainly should. I am answering a question that was brought forth.

    The swimsuit and talent portions are what is shown on TV because it is what the audience wants to see. There is a private interview portion of the competition as well that is never shown. The criteria includes academics and community involvement. The judges are looking for a well-rounded individual to represent the state/country. Do you have first hand knowledge that they are told to say certain things at events? Because this has not been my experience in working with the pageant systems. It does require a thought process, in social situations, to be able to field questions on any subject whether it is political, or about a platform, which is why the onstage questions are so varied. The private questions in front of a panel of judges shows how they do under pressure and if they can speak well answering tough questions.

    Since Miss USA and Miss America are considered representatives of women in the USA, I am glad they ask tough questions. Would you want a representative going to other countries that knew nothing about America and its current events?

  • Anonymous

    I think you give the title to much credit. They are a celebrity at best when traveling. There participation in events hardly demand political knowledge. They should be knowledgeable of the event they attend. I’m sure there are people to make sure they are well informed and prepared to address the subject. She is not a political figure. Nor in her position should ever become inbolved in any political controversy. It would damage her supposed goodwill persona.

    So the point being, why bring politics into the pagent in the first place. Especially questions they won’t even put politicians on the spot for.

    A beauty Queens opinions on Political current events is of interest to no one. She needs only to well versed in the event she is patronizing. And that is done before she gets there. Basic current events requires nothing more than a newspaper.

    Political is opinion. Nothing can be wrong. So why ask them. Unless they want a specific opinion. And there is the motive. They are making it an ideology contest.

    They are representatives of American women? Because that is what American women are about? We spend our time attending special events? Arriving with perfect hair, perfect clothes, and perfect makeup? Traveling the world? Accompanied by entourages to facilitate all these things? Along with people to coach our every move and word?

    Miss America is nothing more than a goodwill ambassador. Representing only her title and in that context American goodwill. Without that function the title wouldn’t exist. She and the privledged life she has won has no representation of an American women.

    She needs only be attractive and take direction well. And America wants her to be the prettiest.

  • Anonymous

    Remember when O’boy got mad when the Chinese kid asked him a question not on his list? O’ Lie would be humiliated if it was an open forum. Thank goodness for him none exist in this country including in our elections, it’s all a show for the masses that watch far to much tv. You must give him credit though, he has really white teeth. :)
    O’ is a joke, it would be funny if he wasn’t also insane.

  • peminpa

    It is evident that you have very little knowledge of the pageant world and who these women are. These women are more likely to succeed in whatever field they choose. There are lawyers, doctors, and politicians who start in the pageant systems. They are bright young women and are not just pretty mouthpieces for the organizations. Don’t sell these girls short because you can’t see beyond the bikini.