'Binders Full of Women' and Other Presidential Debate Humor
With the scrappy second debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama came a flood of humor on social media.
- October 16, 2012
What some news outlets called one of the most contentious presidential debates in history sparked an equally intense reaction on social media, much of it rooted in humor.
During a question on how the candidates would rectify pay disparity for women, GOP candidate Mitt Romney touted his effort to hire women at the top levels of state government when he was Massachusetts governor.
"I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks,' and they brought us whole binders full of women," Romney said.
The comment immediately went viral on social media.
By the time the major networks ended their coverage of the debate there were 13 Facebook groups dedicated to Binders Full of Women, one of which had 70,000 "likes."
In another attempt at humor, Shelby White, a visual designer from Portland, OR, was at it again. Founder of Designspiration, he swapped the politicians' hair using Photoshop at the time of the first debate. This time he put each of the candidates' own wives hair on their heads in a split-screen shot.
There were plenty of other attempts at political humor, some more tasteful than others.
Did the debate Facebook and Twitter laughs go too far? Was Maryland amused? And, were you in on the re-tweeting? Tell us in comments.
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