Mitt Romney and Barack Obama
In this election cycle, the Monday morning quarterbacking that takes place after major political events consists less of determining a winner than it does exploring what new Internet memes were birthed.
Nowhere has that been more evident than after Tuesday's debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney — the second of three verbal contests between the two presidential candidates before the election on Nov. 6. (The final debate will be held next Monday, Oct. 22).
When Romney opted to use the unfortunate wording "binders full of women" to illustrate his efforts to create a diversified Cabinet when he was governor of Massachusetts, the Internet latched onto the phrase faster than Felix Baumgartner plummeted to earth earlier this week. By the time the debate was even over, Romney's description had spawned a Facebook page (which had more than 275,000 "Likes" by mid-morning on Wednesday), a Twitter handle and, perhaps best of all, the website bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com, which features parody photos of everything from Paula Deen riding on a binder to Romney and Paul Ryan holding Carly Rae Jepsen hostage in a file folder.
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney met for the second of three debates Tuesday night at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y. The debate was a town hall format, with the candidates taking questions from undecided voters from the New York area and follow-ups from the moderator, CNN's Candy Crowley.
President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will meet in the second of three debates Tuesday evening at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y., with Obama looking to even the score after the general consensus from both parties was that Romney won the first debate.
The debate, which will be moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley, will be a town hall format, meaning the candidates will answer questions from undecided local voters, who were chosen by the Gallup Organization, on foreign and domestic policy.
President Barack Obama
With the big day only a few weeks away, President Barack Obama has finally taken time to address the most important issue of the election: Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey's American Idol feud.
During a call-in interview to The Yo! Show, Obama told radio DJ Michael Yo...
Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha
Norman Lear's ears must be burning. Rather than shy away from the most contentious presidential race in recent memory, a handful of TV shows are addressing the November election head-on — all while using Lear's groundbreaking 1970s sitcoms, like All in the Family, as a template for how to incorporate politics....
Kyle Chandler, Mitt Romney
Clear eyes, full hearts ... cease and desist?
Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg has requested that Mitt Romney stop using the show's slogan "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" in his presidential campaign — and even accused the Republican candidate of plagiarism in a harshly worded letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
"Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series," Berg writes.
Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan came out swinging in Thursday's one and only debate between the V.P. candidates, trading political and personal barbs in a 90-minute conversation that became heated at several points.
Immediately notable about the debate format was that the candidates did not stand behind podiums, but rather were seated behind a desk in office chairs, facing moderator Martha Raddatz at Centre College in Danville, Ky. The combative tone of the debate was markedly different from last week's meeting between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, with Ryan and Biden frequently interrupting and speaking over each other to clarify their positions on domestic and foreign issues including taxes, health care, and the removal of troops from Afghanistan.
Our top moments of the week:
13. Best Surprise, Part I: When Mindy and her co-workers decide to go out for a night on the town on The Mindy Project, it's the practice's wet-blanket doctor, Danny (Chris Messina), who has a big trick up his sleeve: He can bust quite a move on the dance floor -- to the shock of his female colleagues. The only thing that could make his slick moves like Jagger even cooler? He tells Mindy that his mom put him in dance classes as a kid because he was getting into lots of fights. A guy who can throw a left hook and bump it? Oh, doctor!
12. Most Romantic Engagement: Although Shania's pretend wedding to Wilbur on...
Big Bird, Barack Obama
Forget D.C. This year's presidential election is taking place on Sesame Street (and Big Bird & Co. aren't happy about it).
The Sesame Workshop, which produces the PBS series, released a statement Tuesday asking the Obama campaign to take down a new ad that uses Big Bird to mock Mitt Romney.
President Barack Obama, Martin Sheen
Critics and supporters alike have said that President Barack Obama gave a lackluster performance in his first debate against Republican challenger Mitt Romney last week — and now a (fictional) former Oval Office resident has stepped in to help.
The Newsroom's Aaron Sorkin resurrected his beloved West Wing commander-in-chief, Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) this weekend, penning a scene between Bartlet and Obama for The New York Times.