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Obama’s “Horses and Bayonets” Top Trending Topic from Debate

THE PHRASE now joins “Big Bird” and “binders of women.”

The “horses and bayonets” line soon became the debate’s viral catchphrase, following “big bird,” “marlarkey” and “binders full of women” as the pull-out refrain that set the internet afire. The term followed the now-familiar routine of trending on Twitter (hashtag #horsesandbayonets), followed by a debate-inspired tumblr and a Facebook page . The creations mostly featured the inscrutable image of Romney mounted on a unicorn. [CNN]

Full quote from President Obama:

“You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them, we have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines, and so the question is not a game of battleship where we’re counting ships, it’s what are our capabilities. And so when I sit down with the Secretary of the Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we determine how are we going to be best able to meet all of our defense needs in a way that also keeps faith in our troops that also makes sure that our veterans have the kind of support that they need when they come home, and that is not reflected in the kind of budget that you’re putting forward because it just doesn’t work. We visited the web site quite a bit, and it still doesn’t work.” — President Barack Obama

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3 Responses to Obama’s “Horses and Bayonets” Top Trending Topic from Debate

  1. Cujo359 October 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    start quote:

    Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them, we have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines, and so the question is not a game of battleship where we’re counting ships, it’s what are our capabilities.

    end quote

    I like this response. Most of what goes on in these debates is a muddle, like the assertion Romney made that triggered this response, but this is a reasonable answer. Romney’s assertion is blatantly irrelevant for any number of reasons. There are logistical, economic, political, military, and technological reasons why U.S. naval requirements are different now from what they were back in 1916. Obama chose to explain one of them, which is probably all the reasoning this debate format can handle.

  2. Taylor Marsh October 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    You’re going to love this, Cujo359, but I heard from several people, all independents, who reviewed that response by Obama and found it too snarky.

    • Cujo359 October 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      I stand corrected. It clearly was too much reasoning for this debate format.

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