National debates have become the stuff of legends in the past few decades. The spectacle of two people facing off for the future of the country inspires a lot of memorable lines.
There’s Lloyd Bentsen telling Dan Quayle that he shouldn’t compare himself to John F. Kennedy in the vice presidential debate in 1988. There’s Ronald Reagan chiding President Jimmy Carter for mixing up some facts, saying “there you go again.” There’s even President George Bush taking umbrage with John Kerry in 2004 when the senator left Poland off a list of important allies.
Last week, Mitt Romney’s comment about binders full of women was the big story, as it immediately began trending on Twitter and generated thousands of memes in a short time. However, President Obama may have topped that one with his talk about horses and bayonets.
Responding to an attack from Romney that the United States has fewer naval ships than in 1916, the President told the former governor that it was true — but that we also have fewer horses and bayonets. He then went on to explain the country’s modern armed forces and how they use submarines and airplanes as well.
The hashtag #horsesandbayonets, as well as other related tweets, launched 105,767 Twitter posts per minute. Watch the comment below (via The Hollywood Reporter) and expect to see a lot of horse and bayonet jokes around the internet for days to come.