6. Mitt Romney vs. Big Bird
Date: October 3, 2012
During the first Presidential debate, Mitt Romney told the moderator Jim Lehrer the following, "I'm sorry Jim. I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm gonna stop other things. I like PBS, I like Big Bird, I actually like you, too. But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it." This caused the Internet to go wild with memes and accusations that Mitt Romney had a problem with big bird, reminding the public that he had earlier said he would eliminate arts funding if elected.