During the third presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney discussed various topics related to the Obama presidency. Obama has clearly defended his actions against a series of critics, some valid, emanating from Romney. However, the moment that triggered one of the first political memes of this decade was provoked by Romney’s ridiculously silly “accusation”:
Our navy is smaller than ever since 1917. It said it needed 313 ships to carry out its mission. We are now at less than 285. … We are heading down to 200s if we proceed by sequestration. This is unacceptable to me.
If I were debating Romney and being the current president of the United States, I would probably say that our global dominance by the navy is now asserted and that we do not necessarily need all our ships to tell.
I am not Barack Obama, who fought back with this scathing comment that became the first political meme of this decade:
You talk about the navy, for example, and the fact that we have fewer ships than in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. We have these things called aircraft carriers and planes land on them. We have ships going underwater, nuclear submarines. It’s not a battleship game where we count the ships, it’s “What are our priorities?
If you were noticing a paragraph about factual accuracy, brevity, and sheer savagery, I do not think you can get anything better than what Obama just said. Not only did he completely destroy what Romney was saying, but he also explained to him what an aircraft carrier and a submarine were. I think we need a new nickname for Obama: the chief roaster. He burned Romney so much that Mitt looked like one of his steaks during a barbecue. Romney did not even know how much he was ruined at that time. It was glorious.