The Presidential debate 2012, which was held last night between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, became the most Tweeted political event ever in U.S. history. The initial president debate generated more than 10 million tweets.
Twitter posted a blog post this morning, giving out stats and issues which got the most tweets. The issues and quips reported by Twitter include questions about fact-checking, discussions about medicare or Obamacare, and general dissatisfaction with moderator Jim Lehrer.
Twitter posted a few of the special moments of the debate, which were:
“Moderator Jim Lehrer quips “Let’s not” when Governor Romney requests a topic”, “President Obama quips “I had 5 seconds” when Lehrer gives time limit”, “The discussion about Medicare and vouchers.”
“Of course, the evening’s real breakout star was a certain tall yellow Muppet,” Twitter wrote on its blog. “There were more than a quarter million Tweets mentioning Big Bird, following Governor Romney’s statement that he wants to cut Federal funding for PBS, the Muppet characters’ TV channel, even despite his stated fondness for the Sesame Street character. Ardent supporters of Big Bird (and public broadcasting) took to Twitter to create parody accounts such as@SadBigBird, @BigBirdRomney, and @FiredBigBird”. The faceoff between President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney produced no shortage of humor on Twitter, where observers cracked jokes about everything from Romney’s perceived swipe at “Sesame Street’s” Big Bird, to Jim Lehrer’s passive moderating style. Let’s have a look at some of the funniest debate related tweets:
W. Kamau Bell ?– The media is promoting the #debates like a full on sports event. People are going to be real disappointed when it’s just 2 dudes talking
Linnéa Sandström ?– Romney has a bigger US flag pin than Obama. The debate is over? #debates
Indecision ?– This campaign to re-elect Bill Clinton is going really well. #debates
Kristi Harrison ?– I have to admit they’re both pretty handsome. I’m waiting for the swimsuit competition to decide. #debates
Are You Italian? ?– The debates in my house are much louder. #2012debate
Phil Plait ?– After reading all the variations of the debate drinking games, I have decided to simply remove my liver and set it on fire.
Even the celebrities posted their tweets to make the event highest ever tweeted. Here, are some of the tweets:
Bill Maher: my rating: Romney won the debate, Obama had the facts on his side, and Lehrer sucked. Next debate, get @SethMacFarlane to host!
Alec Baldwin: Obama is a potentially great man who remains mildly uncomfortable in public life. Mitt is a gifted off-shore money tycoon and tax preparer.
Eva Longoria: I’m in New Zealand watching the presidential debate! Obama is killing it on health care! #Obama2012.
Lady Gaga: I believe it’s important to note before this begins that Romney is a millionaire and paid well below the average tax rate, paying only 13.9%.
Samuel L. Jackson: What future generations is Mitt the guardian of?! I think dude just wants to add Leader Of The Free World to his resume’!
Sarah Silverman: Mitt has Republican good looks.