Obama Vs. Romney: Celebrities Tweet Responses to First Presidential Debate
During Wednesday night’s 90-minute face-off — moderated by PBS’ Jim Lehrer — the candidates tackled all things domestic policy, from taxes and job growth to education and health care. As the president and his challenger touted their opposing stances, celebrities sounded off in the Twitterverse.
And they weren’t the only ones. According to Twitter, Americans lit up the social media site all night, making the debate the most tweeted-about U.S. political event ever — even beating out both of the parties’ much-talked-about national conventions earlier this year.
So what were the stars saying about the presidential stand-off?
President Obama of course garnered much praise from the left-leaning Hollywood crowd, with politically-active celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Eva Longoria, Samuel L. Jackson and many more tweeting their accolades for the Commander-in-Chief. And Romney collected his own commendations, from out-spoken conservatives like Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Ivanka Trump.
But the politicians weren’t the only ones making waves on Twitter during the debate. After Romney revealed that he plans to cut funding for PBS — even though “I love Big Bird,” he said — Twitter exploded with talk of the beloved Sesame Street character, spurring comedic commentary and parody accounts (such as @FiredBigBird, which had over 26,000 by Thursday morning).
Take a glimpse at the thoughts Tinseltown was spewing into the social media sphere.
Olivia Wilde: “Fact checkers, GO! Let’s see if Mitt said anything true.”
Samuel L. Jackson: “What future generations is Mitt the guardian of?! I think dude just wants to add Leader Of The Free World to his resume’!”
Whoopi Goldberg: “Social Security is money I put away from every job HELL Yea I’m entitled to that money!!”
Chris Rock: “Mitt Romney reminds me of the guy in high school who only has friends because his parents have a swimming pool.”
John Cusack: “Romney wants to cut health care Pre existing conditions —-privatize social security privatize everything — why didn’t Obama fight ?”
Bill Maher: “ok, this drives me nuts when Mitt says healthcare works at state level but not federal – do people get sick differently by state? NO!!!”
Alec Baldwin: “Obama is a potentially great man who remains mildly uncomfortable in public life. Mitt is a gifted off-shore money tycoon and tax preparer.”
Aubrey O’Day: “If you put you money where your heart is then Mitt left his heart in the Cayman Islands.”
Tracy Morgan: “Obama Said EDUCATION… Romney Keeps Saying JOBS… Who Wants A Job? I Don’t… I Want A CAREER… Which Involves EDUCATION.”
Ray J: “just because Romney is a better debater than McCain doesn’t mean u should vote for him.”
Molly Tarlov: “I know who I’m voting for for President but I’m still not sure if I’m going to clean my room tonight.”
Lady Gaga: “I believe its important to note before this begins that Romney is a millionaire and paid well below the average tax rate, paying only 13.9%.”
Ashanti: “Wow is this dude serious???”
Talib Kweli: “I was at Barclays for show 5 last night. Only debate I caught was ‘who the best, Biggie, Jay-Z or Nas.’”
Tyrese: “After Obama won the debate he sent this picture out on FaceBook.. Wow..”
Jessica Capshaw: “Oh, the debate…what are you all thinking?”
Eva Longoria: “I’m in New Zealand watching the presidential debate! Obama is killing it on health care! #Obama2012.”
Piers Morgan: “WINNERS: Romney, Trump LOSERS: Obama, Jim Lehrer, Big Bird”
Rob Lowe: “Watched a lot of debates, that was a real blood-letting. #POTUSwiffs #Mittenssticks.”
Vivica A. Fox: “Tweeps! Stand strong w Obama! Don’t be a fair weathered supporter! We have made it way too far 2 turn back now! BELIEVE! #Forward2012 ;-)”
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: “It’s not about LIKING @BarackObama Obama ( And I do) It’s about NEEDING @MittRomney Romney ( and we all do) #Debate2012 #debate #Debate2012.”
Albert Brooks: “Next debate will be moderated by Miss Piggy before she loses her job.” And: “Between these two explanations of health care I don’t know what the f–k is happening.”
Sherri Shepherd: “@ehasselbeck OR… how about instead of lying and stretching the truth …when you get in that booth just #dotherightthing & vote Obama xoxo.”
Gabrielle Union: “Did The President just say ‘Math, common sense and history…’ #POTUS #Debates Bring it!”
Ivanka Trump: “Wow! How many times are the candidates going to mention my father this debate?!? What an honor!”
Adam Shankman: “A 10 year old asked me tonight about the future of marriage equality, and economy. I said with grt confidence. Honesty = Obama.”
Dave Chappelle: “#romney just brought up Food stamps. And Obama looked like he wanted to Punch him in the face.”
Michael Moore: “Ok, here’s my optimistic tweet: Romney didn’t convince a single Obama voter to change their vote. But O needed to fire up the base. Not done.”
Sarah Silverman: “Mitt has Republican good looks.”
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