Big Bird. Binders. Bayonets. What do these three things have in common? These are the three most viral phrases from the three Presidential debates. The 2012 Presidential debates may be remembered more for the exponential spawning of user-generated memes and tweets than the pressing issues facing voters before Election Day like the economy and taxes. Here’s a breakdown on the most memorable moments of the debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
First Debate – “I love Big Bird”
Who doesn’t like Big Bird? Mitt Romney loves Big Bird, but not enough for him to cut PBS funding when he’s President. In mere minutes, memes featuring an angry Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters seemed to come out of nowhere. Even President Obama had a viral ad of his own attacking Romney’s plan to defund PBS. Check out some of the best bits from the first debate right here.
Second Debate – “Binders full of women”
As if liking Big Bird wasn’t enough, Romney explained to a voter how he tried to make his cabinet more diverse during his Massachusetts governorship. He requested his advisors to find female candidates, and they came with “binders full of women.” Immediately after making that comment, a Twitter account called @Romneys_Binder and a Tumblr blog called “Binders Full of Women” emerged, brutally mocking Romney’s gaffe.
Third Debate – “Fewer horses and bayonets”
When Romney accused the Obama administration of spending too little on the military by saying that the United States Navy had fewer ships today than it did in 1917, the President gave Romney a history lesson.
He told Romney: “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines.”
While the “horses and bayonets” reference has been seen by many as the President sinking Romney’s foreign policy battleship and has spawned a trending hashtag these funny tweets below, no insanely viral Twitter account or Tumblr blog has yet to surface.