Let the ‘horses and bayonets’ meme begin Aaron Hutchins calls the first meme of the third debate Aaron Hutchins October 22, 2012 Follow @hutchins_aaron Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email 17 [View the story “Let the “horses and bayonets” meme begin” on Storify] Let the "horses and bayonets" meme begin Storified by Maclean’s Magazine · Tue, Oct 23 2012 02:49:48 When discussing military spending at the third presidential debate, Governor Mitt Romney spoke about how the U.S. Navy needs more spending and that the amount of ships they had was higher before 1920. Obama came back with a quick zinger, told with such sarcasm that it is sure to become the next political debate meme. POTUS: "You mentioned the Navy and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets."Obama 2012 And so it began. Then the candidates started debating horses and bayonets… http://twitpic.com/b6lo5fBuzzFeed Horse And Bayonettes premieres this fall on The History Channel. #debates #Obama2012Adrian Hickman I couldn’t resist… #bayonets #legos @MittRomney http://pic.twitter.com/77r9OUdMKris Castner Hey if we’re outfitting everyone with bayonets, can I have a Klingon ba’tleth? #debate #klingonsLorenzo Sierra Romney leads the horse-drawn charge! #Obama: We also have fewer horses and bayonets #debates #ImAGlobalist http://pic.twitter.com/B2BpqzzmSeaGlobalist We can win any war with Binders full of Bayonets.Wayne Bridges Junya "More horses! More bayonets! Romney/Ryan 2012" #debate http://pic.twitter.com/RuCb6t5UKatie Klabusich Fact: Iran has been stockpiling horses & bayonets. #debateDane Cook #debate2012 HORSES AND BAYONETS http://pic.twitter.com/9UyZjuOYMegan King @BuzzFeed Romney likes horses and bayonets http://pic.twitter.com/uaMew7QuMikey S "We also have fewer horses and bayonets." #presidentialdebate http://pic.twitter.com/tRp8U9n5Mohana Chakrabarti A vote for Romney is a vote for more horse drawn buggies full of bayonets #debate #dnc #rnc http://pic.twitter.com/3Ud5kQwoǝǝ˥ ʎɐſ Donkey team 6, Fix bayonets!!! http://pic.twitter.com/jGwtFrZqWilsonWilson "Yes and we have fewer horses and bayonets than in 1916!" Smack!Michael Moore Horses and bayonets! http://pic.twitter.com/Qntk5HwEThinkProgress "Governor,you mention we have fewer ships than in 1916. Well we also have fewer horses and bayonets."-President Obama http://pic.twitter.com/Ehw5Vw06Joe Rod CHART: At 106k TPM, "Horses & Bayonets" most-tweeted moment of #lynndebate. Total debate 6.5 million. #debates http://pic.twitter.com/X09VglWaTwitter Government Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Filed under: U.S. election 2012 Advertisement About this author Aaron Hutchins Macleans.ca editor Aaron Hutchins writes about business, culture and the lives of Canadians. He once wrote a story about One Direction too, which makes him the resident boy band expert (reluctantly). Other articles Where everybody knows your name—because your name's Chewbacca Bitcoin: A new fixture at one Canadian university + 2 more posts this week Advertisement Post navigation Previous A peek at Maclean’s 2015 Newsmakers issue Next Read the best we have to offer with the new Maclean’s app.