Election 2012 winner: The Internet meme
Within minutes of Gov. Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" comment in the second Presidential Debate, the meme had already been immortalized with a Tumblr blog featuring photos like this one.
Trending: Empty chair Whose day did Clint Eastwood make during his speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.? The creators of all those election memes. Eastwood's speech featured a now-infamous prop: “I've got Mr Obama sitting here... I was just going to ask him a couple questions.” Of course, the president wasn’t there -- it was just an empty chair. And with his speech, Eastwood provided one of the most-talked about moments to emerge from the final night of the RNC.
Trending: 47% On September 17, Mother Jones released excerpts from a video showing Mitt Romney speaking at a private fundraiser saying, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That's an entitlement. The government should give it to them.”
Trending: Big Bird During the first presidential debate Mitt Romney ruffled a few feathers when he told debate moderator Jim Lehrer, executive producer for PBS NewsHour: “I’m sorry Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I like PBS, I actually love Big Bird. I like you too, but I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.” The assault on PBS funding -- and Big Bird -- led to a flood of Internet memes. Even Marketplace obliged with a report that examined where each of the Sesame Street characters fit on the 99% scale.
Trending: Laughing Joe Biden During the VP debate, many in the media focused on Vice President Joe Biden’s laughing and smirking. His behavior generated some amusing online content, including a few animated gifs, the Twitter handle @LaughingJoeBiden, and hashtags like #malarkey and #thingsthatmakejoebidenlaugh.