This may go down in history as the Big Bird debate. Just minutes after Mitt Romney’s “I love Big Bird!” comment, the yellow bird was Twitter’s man of the hour. Parody accounts and tweets spread like wildfire, furiously rallying behind the bird, whom Romney threatened to put out of a job by cutting government subsidies for PBS. While we wait to see which morning show gets a Sesame Street character to guest star first, here are the best tweets from and about the beloved yellow bird.
Big Bird kicked off the first of many accounts with this straightforward post.
Look what Mitt Romney has done to me... twitpic.com/b0syqt— Big Bird (@FiredBigBird) October 4, 2012
Turns out Big Bird had a night job before landing a starring role on Sesame Street. Kids, avert your eyes.
Apparently ABC’s senior Washington editor, Rick Klein, took the initiative to call up Big Bird’s representative and got this straight-faced answer.
per Sesame Street, Big Bird has no comment b/c he is 6 and does not understand why he's in the news. I'm actually not making this up.— Rick Klein (@rickklein) October 4, 2012
Sounds like a pretty easy kid.
"Mitt likes coal and Big Bird." - Mitt Romney's 1st grade teacher on parent/teacher day— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) October 4, 2012
After a heartless tweet about President Obama’s deceased grandma, this Twitter user might be pointing Big Bird in the right direction.
If Big Bird is looking for a job, I heard there is a new opening for a social media director at Kitchen Aid.— Tracy Beckerman (@TracyinSuburbia) October 4, 2012
Journalist Nick Kristof had a celebratory meal option for the Romneys. Sounds disturbingly like a recent murder case.
I wonder if Mitt and Ann Romney are going to celebrate tonight by eating, say, Big Bird.— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 4, 2012
Clint Eastwood’s invisible Obama chair + Romney’s discarded Big Bird = pure magic. The two Twitter accounts bonded.
@invisibleobama It’s not that. Anne and I had something special back in the day, and Mitt just can’t get over it.— Big Bird (@BigBirdRomney) October 4, 2012
This would make a great “Road to the White House” mockumentary.
Herman Cain / Big Bird 2016— Big Bird (@FiredBigBird) October 4, 2012
If R. Kelly is less controversial than Big Bird, something’s not right.
Obama isn't doing great. but Romney said he wants to fire Big Bird. Obama could quote R. Kelly lyrics rest of the way, and still look good.— Mychal Denzel Smith (@mychalsmith) October 4, 2012
Not the replacement refs! Anything but the replacement refs!
Romney will fire Big Bird and Cookie Monster and replace them with the replacement refs #bigbird— Big Bird (@FiredBigBird) October 4, 2012
Even celebrities weighed in on the hot-button topic of the moment.
Wait. What the hell did I do? - Big Bird— Brittany Snow (@Brittanysnow) October 4, 2012
Every election season needs a hero and this one just found its very own.
Who woulda guessed that Big Bird would be this debate's Joe the Plumber? Viewers like you? #denverdebate— Andy Carvin (@acarvin) October 4, 2012
Is Romney voting against his own interests?
Romney:"I like big bird," about five seconds after saying he will cut PBS.Romney v. Romney is the best debate so far. #current2012— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) October 4, 2012
Tonight was a record-shattering debate for Twitter—the website announced it was the most tweeted about political event in Twitter history. Big Bird no doubt contributed.
17,000 Tweets per minute for "Big Bird" and 10,000 Tweets per minute for "PBS". #debates— Twitter Government (@gov) October 4, 2012