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The Real Winner of the Presidential Debate? Big Bird ... According to Twitter | Barack Obama, Big Bird, Mitt Romney

UpdatePosted 10/04/2012 04:15PM

Presidential Debate Winner: Big Bird (According to Twitter)

Originally posted 10/04/2012 11:45AM

During the first of three presidential debates Wednesday night, the hottest topic on social media wasn't the economy. It wasn't job creation. It wasn't even the word "trillion" – although that word got thrown around a lot.

It was the 8'2" yellow feathered Muppet, Big Bird.

While debating President Barack Obama, Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would cut programs funded by borrowed dollars from China – PBS included. "I like PBS, I love Big Bird," Romney said, "but I'm not going to keep on spending money on things, to borrow money from China to pay for it."

The comment ignited a firestorm, with parody accounts for Big Bird and his fellow, presumed unemployed Sesame Street residents springing up immediately, and Twitter's best snarkologists – and celebrities – took to the social network to share their thoughts on the childhood icon's endangered status.

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Michelle Obama Helps Sesame Street Turn 40!

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Michelle Obama Helps Sesame Street Mark the Big 4-0

Originally posted 11/09/2009 08:45AM

Oscar the Grouch had better behave – and keep his political opinions to himself.

On Tuesday, to mark the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking children's program Sesame Street, some very special guests pay a visit, including First Lady Michelle Obama. According to previews circulating the Net, she meets Big Bird – who observes that the two of them are tall.

Mrs. Obama also delivers a message that may not entirely sit well with Cookie Monster.

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