After the third and final presidential debate of 2012 the most popular search on Google was "horses and bayonets," according to the search engine giant, which referred to President Barack Obama mocking Mitt Romney for saying that the Navy needed more ships.
"You mention the Navy, and how we have fewer ships than 1916. We also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed," Obama said.
The follow is the full list of the words searched for each candidate, courtesy of Google:
Top 5 Rising Searches of the Night
1. horses and bayonets
The Top Terms Associated With Each Candidate
1. obama’s apology tour
2. obama bin laden
3. obama 2008
4. horses and bayonets
5. pink bracelet
1. auto bailout
2. what is on romney’s flag pin
3. budget plan
4. what kind of car does mitt romney drive
5. mitt romney governor
Right after the debate had ended a meme was created with Mitt Romney sitting on top of a horse. The image read, “Romney, horses and bayonets.”
After the debate, when Politico correspondents spoke to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., he expressed that he “almost fell off his seat” when Obama made the snide comment, which is quickly being famous, about “horses and bayonets.”
The full context of Obama’s battleship quote was:
“Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines,” he said. “And so the question is not a game of Battleship where we're counting ships. It's — it's what are our capabilities.”
It wasn’t the only zinger that Obama threw at Romney, he also told the former governor that all of his foreign policies were really, really old.
“And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War's been over for 20 years,” Obama said, reviving a bit of snark he’s used on the campaign trail. “But, governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.”
After Romney agreed with most of what Obama had done as far as foreign policy was concerned, it seemed Obama won the third and final debate of 2012. CBS' instant poll of undecided voters agreed, giving Obama the win by 53 to 23 percent, with 24 percent calling it a tie.