Obama's 'horses and bayonets' remark goes viral
By Glenn Chapman, AFP
October 24, 2012, 12:17 am TWN
SAN FRANCISCO--Cavalry comments galloped online as a shot by President Barack Obama about "horses and bayonets" became the most talked about moment of the final presidential debate on Twitter.
Online sparring between supporters of Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spiked during Monday's debate after Romney derisively remarked that "our Navy is smaller now than (at) any time since 1917."
Obama countered that Romney didn't understand the modern military, saying "we also have fewer horses and bayonets" to laughter from the audience.
"We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines," he said, adding that analyzing military capabilities was not "a game of Battleship."
The exchange quickly trended on Twitter as #horsesandbayonets and within minutes of the debate's close a CavalrymenForRomney.com website featured a forlorn warrior on horseback holding a Romney banner on a pike.
"So much sass I was not ready to handle," one online comment read. "OMG, that's a double burn."
Obama's shot echoed at Tumblr.com where artists posted cartoons and playfully doctored images poking fun at a Romney military based on outdated equipment like horses.