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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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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
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When the 2012 presidential election season began, it didn't promise to be the most entertaining of battles. Between the thoughtfully meticulous Barack Obama, the business-savvy Mitt Romney and the grim reality of the country's present state, the race for the White House seemed like a straightforward and serious affair.

Turns out, when it comes to memorable quotes and absurd gaffes, this was the election season to end 'em all. Neither candidate was safe from having their less-than-ideal words immortalized by everyone from talking heads to web-savvy college kids. The Tumblr memes, Facebook pages, YouTube videos and fake Twitter accounts that resulted in their missteps have been the most creative and powerful ones that we've ever seen. Click through for a look at the best of them.

By Kerry Tkacik

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