This is total gold, sledging at its best:
The exchange started with Romney challenging his Democratic opponent by saying the Navy is too small and has fewer ships than it did in World War I.
Obama’s response: “Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. … We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships.”
The online reaction was swift.
On Twitter, the hashtag “horsesandbayonets” immediately began trending in the United States and became the top trend in the country and third worldwide, even an hour after the debate ended.
On Facebook, users created more than 50 pages named “Horses and Bayonets.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also pounced, posting a meme declaring “Obama just sank Romney’s battleship” that generated more than 84,000 likes and was shared more than 16,000 times in an hour.