Monday night's third and final presidential debatedidn't smash any social-media records but it did offer what many on Twitter sensed was a pleasingly hilarious moment.
President Obama won the Twitter war while combating Mitt Romney’s objection that the Navy will soon possess its smallest fleet since 1917 by reminding Mitt, “We also have fewer horses and bayonets.”
"You mention the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets," Obama mentioned during the debate. "We have these things called aircraft carriers and planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines."
He further added, "It's not a game of battleship where we're counting ships, it's 'What are our capabilities?'"
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Twitter activity in entirety was the least (6.5 million tweets) in the final presidential debate as compared to the previous ones. But the most tweeted moment was President Barack Obama's reply to Romney's attack about the lessening size of the U.S. military. Twitter sprung into a meme-mode by Obama’s dry sense of humor, so much so that post-debate #horsesandbayonetswas still trending worldwide!
#horsesandbayonets is still trending number 3 worldwide on Twitter.— Eric Weisbrod CNN (@EricWeisbrod) October 23, 2012
Within minutes, @RomneyBinders, a creation of Romney’s previous debate’s statement “binders full of women,” changed its handle to @HorsesBayonetteand the merged account had more than 34,200 followers by midnight and by midnight “horses and bayonets” vaulted to the top of Google’s “Top 5 Rising Searches” list, right ahead of “Syria” and “drones.”
Tumblralso moved a little later, aggregating some of the most hilariously amusing and clever memes that had been mounting up on the web.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the funniest ‘horses and bayonets’ tweets:
Dude is talking out of both sides of his mouth.. #horsesandbayonets— OMAR EPPS (@omarepps) October 23, 2012
Hahaha I love that #horsesandbayonets is trending.Can't wait to see SNL this weekend after this debate.— ?Allison (@amarixe) October 23, 2012
My great-grandfather was a US Cavalryman in World War 1. We have his bayonet, if the government needs it back. #HorsesandBayonets— Rich Gallup (@rich_gallup) October 23, 2012
Obama should have picked up a mic and dropped it after that #horsesandbayonets line.— Matthew Reichbach (@fbihop) October 23, 2012
I'm gonna do a drive-by using a horse and a bayonete.— THUG LIFE Joe Biden (@OG_Joe_Biden) October 23, 2012
Barack just murdered Romney with horses and bayonetes!!!!— THUG LIFE Joe Biden (@OG_Joe_Biden) October 23, 2012
Also check out some of the most amusing ‘horses and bayonets’ memes trending worldwide.