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Thu Oct 4, 2012, 03:23 AM

Twitter: Romney's 'Big Bird' reference explodes online

Source: The Hill

According to Twitter, two of the most popular moments in the first 40 minutes of the debate were both references made by Romney, while discussing some of the federal subsidies he would cut as president.


Looking directly at moderator Jim Lehrer, the host of PBS's "NewsHour," Romney said he would cut subsidies for PBS, even though he likes Big Bird.

"Big Bird" and "PBS" each earned 17,000 tweets per minute, Twitter reports. That's nowhere near the high Twitter traffic during Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention, which hit 52,757 tweets per minute, but it's more than Romney earned during his nomination acceptance speech at the GOP Convention, which hit a high of 14,289 tweets per minute. None of those numbers indicate whether users were for or against Romney on the "Big Bird" subsidies.


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/twitter-room/other-news/260161-twitter-romneys-big-bird-reference-explodes-online



Big Bird is exploding. Perhaps that's the "zinger" that Romney didn't count on resonating. Well, it has!

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Reply Twitter: Romney's 'Big Bird' reference explodes online (Original post)
FrenchieCat Oct 2012 OP
Tx4obama Oct 2012 #1
VespertineIconoclast Oct 2012 #5
lalalu Oct 2012 #10
Liberalynn Oct 2012 #15
PossumSqueezins Oct 2012 #2
gordianot Oct 2012 #3
chelsea0011 Oct 2012 #6
wordpix Oct 2012 #12
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #4
BlueStreak Oct 2012 #7
flamingdem Oct 2012 #18
qanda Oct 2012 #8
lalalu Oct 2012 #9
Bluenorthwest Oct 2012 #11
Sunlei Oct 2012 #13
krawhitham Oct 2012 #14
magical thyme Oct 2012 #16
FemaleDemfromMass Oct 2012 #17
flamingdem Oct 2012 #19
kiranon Oct 2012 #20
Monk06 Oct 2012 #21
budkin Oct 2012 #22
BigBird- official Oct 2012 #23
Don Keebols Oct 2012 #24
tabasco Oct 2012 #25

Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 03:25 AM

1. Here is Big Bird's response to Romney

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 06:01 AM

5. Thanks for the link!

I needed a good laugh.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:30 AM

10. LOL

 

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:18 AM

15. This one is my personal favorite

Thanks for sharing and making me laugh!

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 03:26 AM

2. Mittens loves a big bird

I have a big bird for him.

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 03:37 AM

3. If it takes Big Bird so be it, never mind..........

Trashing Social Security, public education, Medicare/Medicaid, placing tax burden on Middle Class, starting neocon wars, health care out of control, deteriorating infrastructure etc.

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Response to gordianot (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 06:10 AM

6. Yea, if Big Bird keeps showing up at Rmoney/Ryan rallies.

it is OK with me even if Rmoney debate lies go unnoticed. Big Bird with a "Save Me" sign may go far as the debate is forgotten.

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Response to chelsea0011 (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:40 AM

12. great idea, pass it on

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 03:50 AM

4. I saw that trend too.

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:28 AM

7. The tone on NPR was decidedly different this AM

In recent months, they have fallen into this BS false equivalence crap.

This morning, they did an extended fact check segment. I didn't hear all of it, but the part I heard essentially said Obama was accurate in everything he said and Romney was lying and misrepresenting almost continuously.

Of course, their audience is much more likely to support Obama already, so that segment may have limited impact. It will be interesting to see how others size up the facts today.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:33 AM

18. great! This is a chance for them to fight

in spite of their critics and sponsors

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:35 AM

8. I was trying to tell people this last night

All the political people who follow this stuff day in and day out care about the style and the delivery but every day folks are talking about Big Bird today. Anecdotally, I was driving in the car this morning and the guy on the satellite Christian music station says, "We don't discuss politics here, but I have to say that I really like Big Bird. If you don't know what I mean go watch the debate from last night." Well, most people who didn't watch but want to know what he meant won't go watch the debate, they will look it up online and just in case they look here: Mitt Romney wants to kill Big Bird!

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:29 AM

9. I love it

 

These are great. I want them as bumper stickers.

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:36 AM

11. He wants to fire Big Bird, right after Paul Ryan told Seniors to get a job and pay taxes

Big Bird has always been played by an actor named Caroll Spinney, who is now in his 70's and pays Big, Yellow Taxes every year. Big Bird, Big Star....also a liberal.

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:16 AM

13. Romney makes his cuts into a joke - he wants America to be a 3rd world country, 2 channel free TV

Gov funding is only 15% overall though PBS is the only quality TV in areas where people can't afford pay TV or internet.

Federal Funding of PBS is explained here. "Federal funding is critical seed money for PBS’ member stations -- which are locally owned and operated -- supporting mission-driven programming and initiatives, particularly among underserved groups like rural populations who would not otherwise be able to access what public television stations provide. This includes content that expands the minds of children, documentaries that open up new worlds, non-commercialized news series that keep citizens informed on world events and programming that brings the arts, theater and music to people wherever they live.

These dollars are particularly important to smaller stations. While the appropriation equals about 15% of our system's revenue, this is an aggregate number. For many stations, the appropriation counts for as much as 40-50% of their budget. "

http://www.pbs.org/funding




Americans need free access to history shows like this, it's educational
http://www.pbs.org/tpt/slavery-by-another-name/watch/

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:51 AM

14. Watching Mike & Mike on ESPN

ESPN tries to stay away from politics but on the show for about a minute they talked about the debate

Only thing said was the moderator got ran over and Romney wants to kill Big Bird


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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:24 AM

16. That's what happens when you have nannies to raise your children

You are oblivious to how very many middle class and low income families depend on a Big Bird to help them raise their children while they're taking care of home business in between working...

Dumb move on Romney's part and hopefully that will be the takeaway from this debate

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:48 AM

17. Get rid of the turd,

and save the bird!!!

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:33 AM

19. What Rmoney has planned for us

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:39 PM

20. Maybe Obama can wear a Big Bird lapel pin in the next debate. n/t

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:46 PM

21. He just lost the vote of every parent with children between 3 and 5 years old. What a stupid prick.


Sesame Street is very popular with Hispanic families. He is going to find that remark in a few ads.

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 02:38 PM

22. I knew it would end up biting him in the ass

I was shocked that he said that in the debates.

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Response to FrenchieCat (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 03:59 PM

23. JOIN THE SAVE BIG BIRD OFFICIAL PAGE

Join the cause !
http://www.facebook.com/theofficialsavebigbird



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Response to Don Keebols (Reply #24)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:29 PM

25. Well, isn't this a cute little

republicon chickenhawk?

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