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'Horses and Bayonets' the Winning Meme from the Third and Final Presidential Debate


Mitt Romney has been using the same asinine Navy line throughout the campaign, and Obama was prepared to answer it.


"I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You — you mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets — (laughter) — because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.

"And so the question is not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships. It’s — it’s what are our capabilities.

"And so when I sit down with the secretary of the Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we determine how are we going to be best able to meet all of our defense needs in a way that also keeps faith with our troops, that also makes sure that our veterans have the kind of support that they need when they come home. And that is not reflected in the kind of budget that you’re putting forward, because it just don’t work."


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  1. This has got to be one of the best campaign posters I have ever seen.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 23, 2012 8:22:50 AM

  2. As a Sailor, I loved this. "Whaaaa, our Navy is smaller than it was, whaaa."

    "That's because just one of our Aircraft Carrier groups could take on an entire continent by itself.... Idiot."

    Posted by: HM2 Matt | Oct 23, 2012 8:29:13 AM

  3. Burrrrrn!

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 23, 2012 8:59:01 AM

  4. Look at the expression on Mitt's face. Like a schoolboy caught lying.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 23, 2012 8:59:09 AM

  5. It was by far the best line of the night.

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 23, 2012 9:00:49 AM

  6. Are those carbines Photoshopped in to replace sabers?

    Posted by: gregory brown | Oct 23, 2012 9:38:25 AM

  7. at HM2

    yeah, last night kerry popped on afterward and mentioned when he served we had 680 navy ships and I instantly thought

    "yeah, and 1 modern day nuke sub would destroy the entire US fleet from the vietnam war era"

    Posted by: Moz's | Oct 23, 2012 11:43:03 AM

  8. I served on a Navy Destroyer in the late 1950's yea, I'm old, and a dozen of them were not as lethal as one Guided Missle Destroyer in today's Navy. There is just no comparison.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 23, 2012 4:33:09 PM

  9. To follow up on HM2 Matt's comment, a quick check showed that the U.S. Navy has fewer ships than the Imperial Roman Navy had roughly 2000 years ago.

    Things have changed a lot since you had some mean looking dude beating a drum while an even meaner dude cracked a whip to make sure all the slaves rowed as hard as they could.

    I can imagine the scene:

    Mittens: We're going to lose - we are outnumbered.

    Obama: Sink a couple so they get the message and if they don't turn back, sink the rest. And fire the missiles from a distance that keeps our personnel out of range of bows and arrows.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 23, 2012 11:51:45 PM

  10. 12 Million new jobs… http://qkme.me/3rgp2k

    Posted by: zidartha | Oct 24, 2012 6:47:40 PM

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