On election day, this photo popped up on Facebook, proving that memes, and political snafus, aren’t always easily forgotten.
“Saturday Night Live,” Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, the “Today” show and “Good Morning America” all asked for appearances from the “Sesame Street” character after he was unexpectedly thrust into the presidential campaign by Mitt Romney.
During the first presidential debate with President Barack Obama, former Governor Mitt Romney called for cutting federal funding to PBS, despite saying, “I love Big Bird.” It renewed a long-running debate over subsidies to public broadcasting.
“I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS,” the former Massachusetts governor, a Republican, said during a deficit-cutting discussion. “I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too, Jim (Lehrer, PBS newsman and debate moderator). But I’m not going to … keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
Big Bird costumes were reported to be a big seller during Halloween as well.