By NBC’s Pete Carril
While last night’s final debate may not have generated a quote as repeated as Gov. Romney’s “binders full of women” line from their previous debate, President Obama did have some zingers on military spending and the so-called Twitter-verse took notice.
The president jabbed at Romney’s criticism on budget cuts by saying “we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed.”
According to Twitter, at 9:45 PM ET, when the President mentioned “horses and bayonets”, tweets per minute reached 105,767, more than at any other point during the debate. Total overall tweets sent during the 90 minute debate reached 6.5 million, and the topic #horsesandbayonets was trending a half hour after the debate ended.
This morning on TODAY, Chuck expanded on the bayonet issue with some research, noting that while bayonets are rightfully thought of as weapons of yesteryear, the U.S. military still asserts they are effective within 500 yards and become the “weapon of choice” when shots can’t be fired.