...— Silent Jim Lehrer (@SilentJimLehrer) October 4, 2012
But the issue that struck a chord above and beyond talk of entitlements and taxes, Obamacare and unemployment, was the fate of beloved Sesame Street character Big Bird. Speaking of items he would cut from the federal budget, Romney looked right at the moderator, a former news host on the publicly supported PBS network (that also produces Sesame Street) and said, "I'm sorry Jim, I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS, I'm gonna stop other things. I like PBS, I like Big Bird, I actually like you, too, but I am not going to keep spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."Lo and behold, Big Bird spent over a day on Twitter’s trending list, and another mock account, @FiredBigBird, racked up some 30,000 followers (despite being ).
...er...okay so...now...— Silent Jim Lehrer (@SilentJimLehrer) October 4, 2012
Thanks Mitt... twitter.com/shkennedy/stat…— Fired Big Bird (@FiredBigBird) October 5, 2012
denouncing Romney’s comment.Tweets of the Week:
"I worked with Big Bird. I served with Big Bird. You, sir, are no Big Bird,"— Fired Big Bird (@FiredBigBird) October 4, 2012
Big Bird: My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7! Did I miss anything last night?— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) October 4, 2012
In most debate contexts the Big Bird comment would be considered a major gaffe (analysts note that Sesame Street is popular, and eliminating the roughly .01 percent of the federal budget devoted to funding PBS would only take a drop out of the sea of US debt), but in the face of Obama’s drab performance, Romney still won the debate handily - a fact reflected in the polls.Next Media Animation, a Japanese outlet that sets news stories to strange (and often hilarious) animations, presented Romney’s “knockout” performance in its own special way, depicting Romney literally punching Obama.Viral Video of the Week:But Obama has proven time and again that even when he missteps, luck intervenes. Just two days after the disastrous debate, new jobs numbers indicated that unemployment had fallen below 8% for the first time in his presidency, giving a boost of optimism for both the economic outlook and Obama’s reelection odds.Yet not everyone was pleased by the jobs numbers; several conservative commentators wondered aloud whether there was political interference in the numbers. Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch found himself in some hot water for expressing that sentiment on Twitter.
PBS Statement Regarding October 3 Presidential Debate: to.pbs.org/SKhnho— PBS (@PBS) October 4, 2012
While the conspiracy theory was tempting, like so many accusations lobbed in an election year, it did not hold up to scrutiny.But reality is secondary in politics. The storm of faulty numbers, facts, accusations and, of course, gaffes is likely to only intensify in the coming week, as Joe Biden and Paul Ryan meet up for the only scheduled US vice presidential debate on Thursday.#USelections2012 offers weekly insight into the US presidential election through a social media lens, tracking candidates as they try to reach 270 electoral votes in 140 characters or less. The writer is a Breaking News editor and blogger at The Jerusalem Post. Read his blog ‘The Bottom Line’ here.
Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) October 5, 2012