Horses and Bayonets

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.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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