It would have been a great night for Mitt Romney except for one thing; he had to go and mess with Big Bird. No one could have predicted that President Barack Obama’s presidency would be dependent upon a yellow bird. But after reviewing some of the remarks on Twitter it looks increasingly likely that the thrashing Obama took from Mitt Romney during the Presidential Debate Wednesday night might be completely erased by a Twitter gaffe on the part of the challenger. You just don’t mess with Big Bird. That’s the message the Internet sent Wednesday night when the GOP candidate confirmed that he “loves Big Bird,” but would cut subsidies for PBS. And Twitter responded, you don’t mess around with Big Bird let alone PBS.
The comment generated 17,000 tweets per minute for “Big Bird” and 10,000 tweets per minute for “PBS,” according to @gov. Within minutes, parody Twitter accounts began popping up, including @FiredBigBird and @BigBirdRomney
Perhaps a song from the 70s that would adequately describe what happen tonight during the debates would be the Jim Croce song – “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” with a slight change in the lyrical message provided below.
You don’t tug on Superman’s cape; You don’t spit on a nerd.
You don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger; And you don’t mess around with Big Bird.
Perhaps you’re wondering how we got here?
It all began to unravel for Romney after the candidates were asked the following question: “Governor… it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. It’s – it’s math. It’s arithmetic,” Obama said.
Romney denied he wanted to cut $US5 trillion in taxes, speaking instead of a 20 per cent across the board cut.
He said he would make up the difference by closing tax loopholes and reducing government programs, while boosting revenues by creating more jobs.
One program he would cut would be subsidies to the Public Broadcasting Sytem (PBS), which broadcasts popular children’s program Sesame Street.
“I love Big Bird … But I”m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it,” Romney declared.
The handle FiredBigBird was quickly created on Twitter and amassed some 13,000 followers before the end of the debate.
The gaffe sent folks on Twitter nuts and may have sort of given Obama and indirect victory.
So if you see or hear tweets resembling that old Jim Croce song, know this, Mitt Romney did himself no favors during the debate, because “you don’t tug on Superman’s cape; You don’t spit on a nerd. You don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger; And you don’t mess around with Big Bird.”