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The Best Non-Political Things to Come Out of the 2012 Presidential Debates

October 4, 2012

I’m not a political person. In fact, I hate politics. I hate it more than the Hulk hates wearing t-shirts or Snooki hates proper grammar because I firmly believe that no amount of bickering is going to change my opinion on anything and it is most definitely not going to change yours. (And that’s assuming that I have a solid grasp on my political stance in the first place, which I don’t. Social security? Medicaid? Tax cuts? They teach you all of these terms in the Life 101 class that I have yet to take.) I did, however, watch the Presidential debates last night. Not, as I said, for the politics but rather, for the humor that came out of it. The Internet has turned politics into something anyone can enjoy, even those with an elementary education on the US political system. Here’s why:

Twitter Updates/Trending Topics

This is the first time in my life that I have watched a political broadcast while also watching the Twitter live-feed waterfall and it will not be the last. Knowing how well a candidate did during the debate is as simple as reading the Twitter updates and trending topics that emerge immediately after. Here are some of my favorites:

And my personal favorite…

Who said Twitter wasn’t fun?

Snarky Quotes

There’s nothing I love more than a sassy politician. In between the political jargon that was tossed out on screen and the desperate interjections from the moderator, the candidates did manage to throw out some entertaining quotes that made the entire episode worth watching.

“Under Gov. Romney’s definition, there are a whole bunch of millionaires and billionaires who are small business. Donald Trump is small business. And I know Donald trump doesn’t like to think of himself as small… anything.” – Obama

“I’ve got 5 boys. I’m used to people saying the same thing over and over again hoping it becomes true.” – Romney

“I had five seconds before you interrupted me.” – Obama

“Expensive things hurt families.” – Romney

“You know, four years ago, I said that I’m not a perfect man and I wouldn’t be a perfect president. And that’s probably a promise that Governor Romney thinks I’ve kept.” – Obama

Can we add these debates to the weekly FOX lineup? I’m running out of funny comedians to watch.


Photoshop was the best invention of the 20th century, if you ask me. Without it, none of the pictures that surfaced on Tumblr last night would have produced a chuckle. Because who would want to look at regular screenshots of the debate when you could look at these pictures instead?

I rest my case.
In conclusion, the Internet was a good place to be last night and it will be a good place to be at the next debate (which for some reason will be at the University of Kentucky for the entire 2-person population to witness). Whether you’re a politico or not, the Presidential Debates of 2012 are worth watching, if not for the Twitter updates alone. I’m particularly excited for the Paul Ryan/Joe Biden debate because even if I don’t get some good quotes out of it, I know there will plenty of GIFs waiting for me on the interwebs the morning after. Because, ‘Murica. You know?
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