"The SIA [Semiconductor Industry Association] had also become increasingly concerned about Washington's ignorance of semiconductors, a fact that continues to shock senior executives. At a meeting with Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, and twenty semiconductor chief executives before the SIA's move, Reid started off by asking , "So what's a semiconductor?" according to one of the executives present. After having it politely explained, Reid kept referring to the "supercollider," which has as little to do with the computer chip as french fries."[The "move" referred to is the SIA's move of headquarters from Silicon Valley to Washington DC in 2010.]
-- Edward Luce, Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent
Luce is the Washington columnist for the Financial Times. I recommend this book for a non-American's perspective on what's ailing the United States, and how its increasing ignorance and dysfunction is quickly removing the U.S. from the playing field of the twenty-first century. David Frum has a short interview with Luce here.