The presidential debates kicked off yesterday night and a surprising amount of Democrats (and Republicans of course) agreed that Obama appeared sleepy and disconnected. In the words of Roger Ebert, “Romney won on style and performance, Obama won on facts.”
Romney is quite the misguided charmer. During the most viral/meme friendly moment, he said:
“I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS, I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually, [I] like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”
Besides Sesame Street’s signature feathered yellow friend, Romney is referring to moderator Jim Lehrer who has worked for PBS and PBS NewsHour since 1973 (check out this Gotye meme).
Barack joked about the Big Bird/PBS comments at a Denver rally saying, “Thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird, we didn’t know that Big Bird was driving the federal deficit.”