Obama schools Romney: Foreign policy isn’t a game of ‘Battleship’


After outright saying Mitt Romney cribbed his policy from the 1980s, President Obama also issued a sharp response to Romney’s complaints about military spending under his administration—an attack that became an instant internet favorite.

“I think Governor Romney hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we had in 1916,” Obama said. “Well, Governor we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed.”

Obama went on to describe the capabilities of the modern military’s aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, which prompted foreign policy correspondent Laura Rozen to tweet, “Obama letting himself sound a bit derisive of Romney’s lack of direct knowledge of how military works.”

And of course, the debate isn’t yet over, but the site cavalrymenforromney.com has already been created.

Others on Twitter responded that the strategy was working for him, and unsurprisingly, the @horses_bayonets account already exists. In the space of a few minutes, the Twitter following went from a handful to over 500. And check out this effort from msnbc’s Facebook quote-generator app:

“The question is not a game of Battleship or counting ships, it’s what our capabilities are,” Obama said.

Obama schools Romney: Foreign policy isn't a game of 'Battleship'