`Horses, Bayonets:’ Smart or Snark?

Horses and bayonets.

The No. 1 search phrase on Google during the final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

This is the debate in which Romney pointed to an American Navy with fewer ships than it had heading into World War I.

“You mentioned the Navy,” Obama told his rival, “and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well 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.”

The exchange lighted up Twitter as well. It was one of the peak moments for Tweets during the 90-minute debate: 105,767 per minute.

The question remains: Was it a smart put-down of a candidate lacking foreign policy credentials, or an over-the-top bit of sarcasm from a president lacking respect for his opponent?

That’s one of the questions that will be lighting up social media today.

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