Obama-Romney Debate: Hollywood's Best Tweets About Binders, Libya, Guns

The Hollywood Reporter
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The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, moderated by Candy Crowley, took place Tuesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. -- and as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow called it, the debate was a "rollicking" 90 minutes.

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Unlike the previous presidential debate, which produced a rather lopsided match-up, this affair was in a town hall setting, with undecided voters asking the two candidates questions ranging from gun control and immigration to women's issues and budget deficits. As the debate wore on, Obama was notably more aggressive and Hollywood noticed, praising the president on his performance. Many also noted Obama's strong debate finish, when he brought up Romney's 47 percent remarks.

There were also several phrases and moments from the debate that stood out, including Romney's "binders full of women" remarks -- sparking several Tumblr and Twitter accounts to pop up even before the debate finished -- and Obama calling out Romney for his assertion the president waited two weeks to call the Libya attack an act of terror. (Crowley gave Romney some credit, not ruling it totally inaccurate.)

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Here is how Hollywood reacted during the 90-minute debate:

HOW long did Romney prep? #notlongenough

— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) October 17, 2012

mitt's a MOP & the Pres is wiping The FLOOR WITH HIM ! Your"Car Elevator"is going DOWN in FLAMES & So R U MR.Heartless Tax Dogger! X the 47%

— Cher (@cher) October 17, 2012

Okay. I'm convinced. If Romney wins we're going to war.

— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) October 17, 2012

I predict tonight's debate has a DRAMATIC impact on predictions for the next debate.

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) October 17, 2012

Obama inner monologue: "I am aggressive, therefore smart."

— Adam Baldwin (@adamsbaldwin) October 17, 2012

Welcome back, Black Ninja.

— Bill Maher (@billmaher) October 17, 2012

This is the Obama I voted for.#debate

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 17, 2012

The only minority in the town hall is President Obama.

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) October 17, 2012

Mitt Romney is a bully & totally disrespecting the format, once again, to which he agreed. How he does something, is how he does everything.

— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) October 17, 2012

Let me stop lol don't forget to vote!!! This debate is making my eyes bleed

— JWOWW (@JENNIWOWW) October 17, 2012

Both #Romney and the president bringing their A Game!

— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) October 17, 2012

Obama was just asked a question by his 30 years-from-now LOOPER self. #debate

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 17, 2012

All this deficit talk makes me feel like Bruno Mars wasn't thinking big enough... #Iwannabeatrillionaire

— Wilson Bethel (@WilsonBethel) October 17, 2012

Candy: "Don't go away, President" POTUS: "I'M HERE." To stay. #Gobama

— Eliza Dushku (@elizadushku) October 17, 2012

They just keep calling each other liars... Where are those cheez its? I haven't had enough

— mary lynn rajskub (@rajskub) October 17, 2012

Romney is now giving the POTUS financial advice.Someone step in there and bitch slap him, please?

— Sally Jessy Raphael (@SJRaphael) October 17, 2012

Currently waiting for Bill Hader to get up and say "I have a question. LIVE FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!" #debate

— Justin Halpern (@justin_halpern) October 17, 2012

Oh, I thought this was a "Town Hall" debate. Turns out it's the "Thunderdome."

— Alex Sepiol (@ASepiol) October 17, 2012

“Romney wins 2nd debate!” - Person who measures debate success by number of times a candidate blinks

— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) October 17, 2012

When Romney mentioned the phrase "binders full of women" during a discussion about women in the workplace and jobs, a Tumblr and a Twitter account were created quickly thereafter. Hollywood also had a field day with that particular debate moment:

I'm starting a binder

— mary lynn rajskub (@rajskub) October 17, 2012

The "binders full of women" thing is scaring me.I'm scared for the women stuck in binders.#debates

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 17, 2012

Near the end of the debate, Romney said it took Obama weeks to call the Libya attack an act of terror. Obama replied, "get the transcript," which prompted Crowley to weigh in and say that the president did indeed call it an act of terror early on, which caused numerous tweets in reaction:


— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) October 17, 2012

Spank! #Debate

— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) October 17, 2012

At one point during the debate, Obama discussed his stance on immigrants, saying that he wanted to crack down on "gangbangers" and not illegal immigrants in the U.S. not causing any harm.

Obama just lost the Gang Banger vote.

— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) October 17, 2012

OMG!!!!! Did Romney just say the kids of emigrants should be able to stay, isn't that what Obama put in place and got heat because of it?

— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) October 17, 2012

If there is one issue where @barackobama is on the right side and @mittromney is offering a #SketchyDeal, it’s immigration. End of story.

— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) October 17, 2012

Man. The President is on FIRE. He is actually lauding Bush's immigration stance right now. Way to play against type, sir. #debate

— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) October 17, 2012

On the topic of gun control, Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan weighed in on the candidates' stances:

So tragic that both candidates are afraid of sane gun control.

— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) October 17, 2012

The answer to gun violence is no single moms. Thanks Romney. #Douche #debate

— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 17, 2012