Recap: The VP debate, according to Twitter
Was Joe Biden intent on becoming the most GIF'd vice presidential candidate, or what?
Records weren't broken
Not even coming close to the presidential debate's record 10-million-plus tweets, tonight's debate tweets peaked at 58,000 tweets per minute after Biden's "Now you're Jack Kennedy?" line, according to Twitter.
Update: Just over 4 million tweets on the night for the VP Debate. 3.5 million of them in the 92 minutes of debate time.— Twitter Government (@gov) October 12, 2012
Joe Biden clearly knows what GIFs are
The vice president's consistent laughs, Cheshire cat grins, perplexed faces and interruptions became comical really quickly, almost as if he was intent on becoming the most GIF'd candidate of the evening's debates. Some proof:
via Huffington Post
And even more proof here.
He also knows what "malarkey" means
Twitter just couldn't let it go after Biden called Ryan's statements "malarkey," which, for all of you non-good ol' boys out there, means nonsense. Here's how it went down:
The Obama-Biden campaign even managed to jump on the "malarkey" bandwagon by purchasing the trending topic--as well as "Jack Kennedy," "#vpdebate" and "Afghanistan in 2014"--which allowed their tweet-ad to float to the top of trending topic search results.
RT if you agree: Our economy grows from the middle out and the bottom up—not from the top down. twitter.com/JoeBiden/statu…— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 12, 2012
More kneejerk accounts created
Though nothing quite reached Big Bird status, there were still plenty attempts at 10-second Twitter fame: @LaughingJBiden, @LaughinJoeBiden and @BidenSmirk. My personal favorite, though--and the only one slightly funny enough to count--is @HulkBiden.
LAUGH IS ONLY WAY BIDEN KEEP RAGE INSIDE— HULK BIDEN (@HulkBiden) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz is more popular than Jim Lehrer as moderator
The ABC news reporter's moderating skills seemed to get more cheers than jeers, unlike those of Lehrer from the presidential debate, whose performance inspired the @silentjimlehrer account. In fact, some people on Twitter even expressed wishes that they could vote for Raddatz for president in November. Tone it down a notch, kids. We actually do have a president to elect soon.
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