We can all learn an important lesson from Miss Rhode Island's amazing response during the question and answer portion of the 2015 Miss USA pageant on Sunday: If you don't know the answer to a question, pause for a really long time and then answer a completely different question and hope nobody notices.
Anea Garcia, who was vying for the Miss USA Crown, was asked by former Miss USA Tara Conner, "Recently, comedian Jerry Seinfeld spoke out against political correctness in our culture. Do you think political correctness is helping or hurting this country? And why?"
After taking a breath and formulating her on-the-fly response Anea said, "That’s a very good question."
In fact, it was such a good question Anea asked Tara to repeat it. Unfortunately, that didn't help at all.
After an awkwardly long pause, Anea wowed the crowd saying, "I think it's a balance of both. We need the people to remind us—especially the politicians to remind us—what to do right and what to do wrong and it's never…"
And then time was up, and just like that we all suddenly felt really bad for Miss Rhode Island, who was clearly just flustered. With a panel of judges made up of former Miss USA contestants, maybe it was their empathy with her situation that landed Anea at the 2nd runner up.