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The Best Political Memes of the 2012 Presidential Election

From 'Laughing Joe Biden' to '47 percent,' here are the viral trends that went mainstream

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Big Bird's Pink Slip

During the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney said that he loved Big Bird but that if he were elected, he'd cut all funding to PBS. As a result, the unemployment of Sesame Street's tallest resident became an instant meme. Among the viral highlights: the Twitter account @FireBigBird, the valiant "Save Big Bird" Facebook page and the character's appearances on major news networks defending PBS and his efforts to put birdseed on his table.

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