The first presidential debate is officially over, and even though most of it was mind-numbingly boring, there were a few amusing upshots—courtesy of the media and the web community—that make it all worthwhile. Here, 4 of the best.
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In what almost certainly marks both the first and last time the media will ever be talking about KitchenAid, the appliance brand has come under heat after the dummy who runs its social media account posted an offensive mid-debate tweet about Obama’s dead granny:
"Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! 'She died 3 days b4 he became president'."
Christ. Come on, guys—the only thing worse than KitchenAid suggesting that the president’s grandmother purposely died because she saw the impending shit-storm of his presidency, is KitchenAid expressing any opinion about politics, period. The tweet has since been removed and replaced with a bunch of awkward apologies from the company, so now we can all get back to not paying attention to what a microwave company thinks about anything.
The Gregory Brothers—aka, the dudes who brought the world Auto-Tune the News—are at it again, this time with a video that incorporates the debate highlights into a snappy 2-minute compilation song. If only the actual debate had been this entertaining, we might not have been forced to gouge out our eyes and ears.
Apparently MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was none too pleased with the president’s performance, and while the liberal-skewing network isn’t known for its impartiality, as a journalist, Matthews’ reaction borders on extreme. He rants, “Where was Obama tonight?” blasting the president and suggesting that he and his co-anchors would have been more effective debaters than the commander-in-chief: “We have our knives out. We go after the people and the facts. What was [Obama] doing tonight?” So, America, you’ve been warned: If Obama doesn’t get it together soon, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell are coming after you—and they’ve got shanks.
Romney may have won the first debate, but last night’s biggest loser wasn’t necessarily President Obama—it was PBS moderator Jim Lehrer, who came out of
a coffin retirement to serve as moderator. The backlash against the 78-year-old, who seemingly allowed himself to be bullied by both candidates from beginning to end, has been fierce, inspiring fake Twitter accounts and criticism from both parties. But no matter where you stand on this election, I think we can all agree that everything that sucked about last night’s debate can be blamed on old people.
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