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PHOTO: Donald Trump May Go Down into History As the US President With the Hottest First Lady If Elected

Donald Trump and MrsDonald Trump may talk a lot of political bollocks but he surely does not have to say a thing in the women department to get as much votes as possible over all the people up to grab the Republican candidacy.

If Trump is elected as a US president, he surely will go down history as the president with the hottest first lady and this one beats Michelle Obama—hands down.

Last night, Donald and Melania were spotted leaving the Polo Bar in NYC after eating some grub. “They walked a block, back to their pad at Trump World Towers,” reports TMZ.

Is she not hot?

‘Showbiz Tonight’ and Celebuzz Countdown The Top 5 Buzzmakers of the Week

A beauty queen steals the spotlight from her QB boyfriend at his own football game, Taylor Swift gets her heart broken (again), Kimye buy an $11 million crib, a Teen Mom star sparks controversy over what she did to her 3-year-old daughter, and a rapper catches backlash for his 10 baby mamas.

Kicking off the new year for Celebuzz, AJ Hammer from HLN’s Showbiz Tonight gives us the scoop on the top 5 buzzmakers of the week.

5. Katherine Webb – This relatively unknown beauty queen stole the show while cheering on her University of Alabama QB boyfriend, AJ McCarron, at college football’s National Championship game. She’s gone from just a few hundred Twitter followers to more than 200,000 after the game, and Donald Trump wants her to judge the Miss USA pageant.

4. Taylor Swift – Another ex-boyfriend and possibly another hit break-up song for her. Taylor and Harry Styles — or Haylor — officially split earlier this week. The two have been dating since November.


3. Kim Kardashian & Kanye West – Kimye have reportedly bought an $11 million home in the fancy neighborhood of Bel Air in Los Angeles, Calif. where they’ll be settling down ahead of the arrival of their first child.

2. Farrah Abraham – The MTV Teen Mom star sparked controversy after revealing that she waxed her three-year-old daughter’s unibrow.

1. Shawty-Lo – The rapper is seeing huge backlash over his upcoming Oxygen TV special, All My Babies’ Mamas, which features Shawty-Lo and his ten, yes TEN, mothers of his eleven children.

Tune in to Showbiz Tonight Mon. – Thurs. at 11pm ET/PT on HLN. And be sure to check back every week for AJ Hammer’s countdown of the top 5 buzzmakers right here on Celebuzz.

‘Showbiz Tonight’ and Celebuzz Countdown The Top 5 Buzzmakers of the Week

A beauty queen steals the spotlight from her QB boyfriend at his own football game, Taylor Swift gets her heart broken (again), Kimye buy an $11 million crib, a Teen Mom star sparks controversy over what she did to her 3-year-old daughter, and a rapper catches backlash for his 10 baby mamas.

Kicking off the new year for Celebuzz, AJ Hammer from HLN’s Showbiz Tonight gives us the scoop on the top 5 buzzmakers of the week.

5. Katherine Webb – This relatively unknown beauty queen stole the show while cheering on her University of Alabama QB boyfriend, AJ McCarron, at college football’s National Championship game. She’s gone from just a few hundred Twitter followers to more than 200,000 after the game, and Donald Trump wants her to judge the Miss USA pageant.

4. Taylor Swift – Another ex-boyfriend and possibly another hit break-up song for her. Taylor and Harry Styles — or Haylor — officially split earlier this week. The two have been dating since November.


3. Kim Kardashian & Kanye West – Kimye have reportedly bought an $11 million home in the fancy neighborhood of Bel Air in Los Angeles, Calif. where they’ll be settling down ahead of the arrival of their first child.

2. Farrah Abraham – The MTV Teen Mom star sparked controversy after revealing that she waxed her three-year-old daughter’s unibrow.

1. Shawty-Lo – The rapper is seeing huge backlash over his upcoming Oxygen TV special, All My Babies’ Mamas, which features Shawty-Lo and his ten, yes TEN, mothers of his eleven children.

Tune in to Showbiz Tonight Mon. – Thurs. at 11pm ET/PT on HLN. And be sure to check back every week for AJ Hammer’s countdown of the top 5 buzzmakers right here on Celebuzz.

2012 Year in Review: 10 Most Jaw-Dropping Moments (PHOTOS)

We’re pretty jaded, we consumers of celebrity culture. Lady Gaga? Been there, seen that. Honey Boo Boo? Stranger people have become sudden stars than the zaftig 7-year-old beauty pageant contestant and her self-styled redneck clan. Nicki Minaj feuding with her new co-worker Mariah Carey? Color us unsurprised.

It took a lot more than that to make our jaws drop this year. In order for us to star slack-jawed at our screens or text, “WTF?” to our friends, we needed to see stars acting out of character, people going off the rails, or just general good old-fashioned betrayal.

The things that shocked us this year include the events that even shocked the people involved in them. That someone would cheat on international heartthrob Robert Pattinson with their older movie director? That the very classy Kate Middleton would be embroiled in a topless scandal? Or that Angus T. Austin would go religious on us and start trashing the show that made him a multi-millionaire?

Click through the gallery above for our list of the 10 most jaw-dropping moments of 2012.

Are you still stunned? Are there any astonishing moments we should have included but didn’t. Go ahead and tell us; our delicate sensibilities can handle it.

           

Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo Says She ‘Was Always Just Friends’ With Ryan Lochte (VIDEO)

Attention, gentleman: Olivia Culpo is officially single — despite being linked to Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte in September.

The Rhode Island native, who was crowned Miss Universe 2012 on Wednesday, had been spotted with the gold medalist during New York Fashion Week. At the time, Lochte E! News, “She is beautiful. I love hanging out with her.”

But Culpo told Celebuzz she and Lochte definitely aren’t a couple.

“That ended. We were friends and we were never [in the same city],” she explained. “We were always just friends.”

 

So who has a shot with the gorgeous 20-year-old?  “I like tall, dark and handsome,” she said with a smile.

Meanwhile, there’s one man Culpo will always stand by: Donald Trump.

“He’s such a great businessman,” she said of mogul, who owns the Miss Universe Organization. “So I admire him for that. I see him as a normal person and not somebody to be intimidated by.”

 

 

Next up for Culp: after a busy pageant schedule this year, a blissfully restful holiday season. The brunette beauty says she’s planning to go to Rhode Island — “and just chill with the family.”

Who do you is the perfect man for Culpo? Send your suggestions below.

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Tom Cruise, Donald Trump (Impersonators) Team Up for ‘Not Another Celebrity Movie’ (VIDEO)

Just when it seemed like gossip magnets Tom Cruise and Donald Trump couldn’t attract any more attention with their unexpected and generally unconventional antics, the celebrities have teamed up to co-star in a new movie together — well, sort of.

In Not Another Celebrity Movie, Cruise (Cole Downing) and Trump (John Di Domenico) are two of the famous figures that Charlie Sheen (Dave Burleigh) recruits to help him meet up with none other than Justin Bieber, whom he believes is his illegitimate son.

The duo joins George Clooney (Joey Sagal), Brad Pitt (Reed Thompson), Angelina Jolie (Nicole Lari-Joni), Robert De Niro (Roger Kabler), Ashton Kutcher (Chandler Rylko) and Lady Gaga (Cheryl Lyone) among a cast of dozens of iconic public figures.

Produced and directed by Emilio Ferrari (I Know What You Did Last Winter), the film falls in line with genre spoofs like Epic Movie, Date Movie and The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It.

Watch a montage of footage of Cruise impersonator Cole Downing above, and a clip of Trump impersonator John Di Domenico below. Not Another Celebrity Movie is scheduled to premiere at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

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Donald Trump’s Attorney Fires Back at Petitioners Trying to Oust Him from Macy’s: ‘It’s Ironic’

Petitioners urging Macy’s to dump Donald Trump have reached their 500,000-signature goal, but the multi-millionaire’s camp isn’t taking the move lying down.

“What I find incredulous is that the creator of the petition is protecting his First Amendment right to free speech while simultaneously trying to impede upon Mr. Trump’s,” Michael Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Trump, told Celebuzz. “It’s ironic.”

 

 

“I question the legitimacy and accuracy of the website and the number of signatures claimed to have joined this petition,” he added. “Regardless, The Trump Organization values its longstanding relationship with Macy’s and looks forward to many more years of continued success.”

Almost 503,000 people have signed the online petition, asking the department store to cut all ties with the mogul and citing his “unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior.”

The basis of the petition, organized by Angelo Carusone, points to claims about Trump’s “sexist behavior” and his “long record of personally attacking women he disagrees by calling them ‘unattractive,’ ugly or fat.”

It goes on to state Trump “perpetuated the racially charged birther conspiracy, repeatedly arguing that President Obama has been lying and was not born in the United States.”

The petition has even received support from the likes of Cher. The Oscar winner  spoke up via Twitter, criticizing Trump as a “loudmouth” and “racist cretin.” “I’ll NEVER GO TO MACY’S AGAIN! I didn’t know they sold Donald Trump’s Line!” she tweeted.

Right now, any legal action on Trump’s part regarding the petition remains to be seen.

“Mr. Trump will take [any future legal action] under advisement if it’s necessary,” said Cohen. “I don’t think everything has to turn to litigation.”

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Kristen Stewart, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lawrence: Top 10 Celebrity Quotes of the Week (GALLERY)

“I’m going to just let people watch whatever little movie they think our lives are … Keep ‘em guessing, I always say.”

Which high-profile celebrity remained very hush-hush about her personal life this week?

Was it Kristen Stewart, Cameron Diaz or Jennifer Lawrence?

Find out in Celebuzz’s top quotes of the week.

Who is the Hollywood starlet that dodged questions about her private life?

It was Kristen Stewart!

Mum was the word for this Twilight star when fielding relationship questions from Today Show host Savannah Guthrie in a recent interview.

Stewart and her on and off-screen boyfriend, Robert Pattinson, have been victims of intense media scrutiny since KStew admittedly had an affair with her Snow White and the Hunstman director Rupert Sanders. The two are rumored to have gotten back together since the scandal, but continue to keep quiet.

Pattinson played it equally coy in an interview with Guthrie the next day. When asked about Stewart’s response to the “relationship question,” he turned the spotlight right back to her saying, “I want to ask, because we get asked it all the time. Who is actually asking? Is it in your contract?”

After dancing around the subject, he finally settled on the vague answer.

“It doesn’t have to be (personal). It only becomes personal if you answer it,” he said.

Looks like they aren’t breaking their poker faces about this one.

Do you think the vampire duo will last? Sound off in the comments below.

Find out what else your favorite celebs had to say this week in Celebuzz’s Top 10 Quotes of the Week.

Election 2012: Donald Trump Fires Back at Brian Williams, Calls Him a ‘Dummy… Never a Smart Guy’

Mark Twain is supposed to have warned against fighting the media by saying, “Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel.” But how do you referee a media war between a man with unlimited airtime and another with a never-idle Twitter feed?

That’s the delicious dilemma facing those who would pick sides between NBC News anchorman Brian Williams and fellow NBC-er Donald Trump. Williams’ atypical on-air editorializing against the Celebrity Apprentice guru over his apocalyptic tweets of despair after President Barack Obama‘s re-election victory Tuesday night has prompted a response from the real estate mogul. Well, actually, more like seven responses, a barrage of angry tweets insulting Williams, calling him a “dummy” who is probably overpaid  and who should be jealous of Trump’s ratings.

During last night’s election coverage, Williams said, “Donald Trump, who has driven well past the last exit to relevance and peered into something closer to irresponsible here, is tweeting tonight,” then read some of the Obama-hating tycoon’s most dire election reactions. Among Trump’s defeatist tweets: “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!” And, “Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.” And, “This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!” And, “Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble…like never before.”

Even Trump himself seemed to think some of his own tweets were extreme. He deleted a couple of them, including one that read, “Phoney electoral college made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser one!” And one reading, “Votes equals a loss… revolution!”

Nonetheless, Trump is not one to let a slight go unanswered. Williams’ few seconds of condemnation of his fellow NBC star led on Wednesday to a fusillade of 140-character fury from The Donald. Among his anti-Williams tweets: “.@bwilliams knows that I think his newscast has become totally boring so he took a shot at me last night.” Then, “The only thing more boring than @bwilliams newscast is his show Rock Center which is totally dying in the ratings—a disaster!” And “@bwilliams–wouldn’t you love to have my ratings?” (Probably not, actually. Trump’s most recent Apprentice season averaged 7.2 million viewers an episode. Williams has the top-rated nightly newscast, averaging 10.2 million viewers a night as of last week. He also boasted the top-rated election coverage last night.)

Trump continued: “Brian–Thanks dummy–I picked up 70,000 twitter followers yesterday alone. Cable News just passed you in the ratings. @NBCNightlyNews” Also, “Brian, I hope @NBCNightlyNews isn’t paying you too much–look at what’s happening to nightly news.” Plus, “Brian Williams was never a smart guy but always passes himself off as such. People will learn the truth! @NBCNightlyNews

Still, Trump did find a way to turn the negative attention from Williams (and every election watcher who agreed with him) into a compliment to himself. Posting on Facebook, Trump wrote, “Amazing, various celebrities were far harsher than me with political statements— but media doesn’t care about them. It is a great honor to have the media so focused on my statements when they don’t cover others.” And back on his Twitter page, he taunted Williams one more time: “Brian, if I’m ‘well past the last exit to relevance’ how come you spent so much time reading my tweets last night? @NBCNightlyNews

Actually, Williams may have taken that last point to heart. So far, he has yet to respond to Trump’s bashing, at least on his Twitter feed, which he has never actually used. But Williams does have a nightly newscast yet to air on Thursday.

Question: Will Trump feel more insulted if Williams calls him out again on the air… or if Williams ignores him completely?

Which side are you on: Team Williams or Team Trump? Defend your favorite in the comments below.

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Election 2012: 21 Memorable Moments of the 2012 Presidential Campaign

The 2012 presidential campaign has played like a couple of very long seasons of American Idol – only with, you know, actual consequences for the audience of voters who are watching.

The first season was a year-long series of Republican debates (20 of them!) and primaries, winnowing down a cast of colorful characters to find a winning challenger to compete against President Barack Obama.

Season 2 was the nearly-as-long battle of words and memes between the president and his eventual Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

Like any good reality show, this one produced some memorable moments — bizarre gaffes, witty zingers, tactical victories and missteps, even outright smears — that went viral, producing instant eruptions of pundit commentary, late-night parody, and snark on Twitter and Tumblr.

Now that the show is just about over, with Election Day fast approaching on Tuesday, to be followed by the victor’s applying himself to the dreary duty of cleaning up America’s extravagant messes, it’s easy to forget that watching this whole spectacle was actually sort of fun and entertaining.

So here’s a list of the 21 most unforgettable, eye-rolling, knee-slapping, heartstring-pulling moments of the 2012 presidential campaign.

1. Newsweek runs a cover featuring a photo of crazy-eyed candidate Michele Bachmann, with a story titled “The Queen of Rage.” The magazine is criticized for sexism and bias for running the unflattering cover, though detractors of the often factually-challenged, conspiracy-minded candidate suggest the magazine is just telling it like it is. (Aug. 7, 2011)

2. At a Republican debate in Tampa, moderator Wolf Blitzer asks a hypothetical question about a young man who lets a life-threatening condition go untreated for lack of health insurance. Audience members are heard shouting, “Let him die.” Democrats cite the moment to paint the GOP and its supporters as heartless extremists. (Sept. 12, 2001)

3. No candidate was more entertaining than Godfather’s Pizza CEO-turned-GOP dark horse Herman Cain. Alas, such meme-friendly Cain-isms as the ridiculously simple 9-9-9 tax plan and his unique pronunciation of Uzbekistan (“Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan”) came to a halt when old sexual harassment allegations surfaced and forced him to drop out of the race. (May-December 2011)

4. During a GOP debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry suffers a brain freeze and is unable to name three federal government departments he would shut down as a budget-slashing president. The ensuing ridicule leads voters to stop taking him seriously as a candidate. (Nov. 9, 2011)

5. At a debate in Des Moines, when Perry confronts Mitt Romney on his flip-flopping (claiming he revised a line in reprints of his book, eliminating reference to his Massachusetts health plan as a model for the nation), the former Mass. Governor bets Perry $10,000 that the revision never happened. The expensive wager is supposed to be a rhetorical zinger, but it backfires on Romney, making him look like a wealthy, out-of-touch elitist. (Dec. 10, 2001)

6. At a fundraiser at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, President Obama does an impressive imitation of Al Green (who is present at the event), crooning a few bars of Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Within days, the YouTube video of the brief karaoke routine has streamed 4 million times and sent Green’s decades-old ballad soaring up the singles chart.(Jan. 19, 2012).

7. Newsletters published in the 1990s under Republican candidate Ron Paul‘s name come under fire for their racist content. Paul, who had initially refused to apologize for the bulletins, now disavowed them, saying he had lent his name to the publications without having read them.  (Jan. 2012)

8. Romney campaign advisor Eric Fehrnstrom uses an analogy to suggest that the extreme positions his candidate espoused during the primaries wouldn’t repel moderate voters in the general election: “It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.” Romney detractors in both parties use the Etch A Sketch meme to criticize Romney’s seeming opportunism and lack of core principles. (March 21, 2012)

9. Democratic advisor Hilary Rosen criticizes Romney’s wife Ann as out-of-touch with wage-earning women, noting that the wealthy housewife and mother of five has “never worked a day in her life.” Republicans and feminists alike pounce on the comment, arguing that it devalues the work done by stay-at-home moms. Rosen is forced to apologize, as Democrats are forced to cede some of their moral high ground on women’s issues to the Republicans. (April 10, 2012)

10. The Daily Caller website unearths an excerpt from Obama’s memoir Dreams of My Father in which he mentions eating dog meat as a child with his stepfather in Indonesia. There’s even an audio clip of the president reading the words, from the book-on-tape version. Obama dog-meat recipe jokes abound, as the Republicans use the meme to counter the animal-cruelty story of how Romney strapped the family pooch to the roof of the car during a Romney clan road trip. (April 17, 2012)

11. Obama says “The private sector is doing fine” in terms of improving non-government job creation numbers. Republicans seize on the first six words to claim that the president is out of touch with the harsh economic realities of the suffering middle class. (June 8, 2012)

12. Obama gives a speech saying that businesses thrive when taxpayers and government help by (among other things) building infrastructure, so if your business succeeds while making use of public roads and bridges, you can’t claim sole credit for your success because “you didn’t build that.” Republicans glom onto those four words, claiming the president is saying that the government deserves all the credit for the success of private enterprise. It even makes “We Built That” the theme of the following month’s Republican National Convention. (July 13, 2012)

13. Discussing the dangers of deregulation, Vice President Joe Biden tells Virginians that the GOP wants “to unchain Wall Street,” which is “going to put y’all back in chains.” Insulted Republicans detect a reference to slavery and claim black voters should be offended by Biden’s rhetoric, but he refuses to apologize for his remarks.

14. At the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood upstages all the politicians with an improvised routine mocking Obama, represented onstage by an empty chair. Some observers find the 82-year-old actor/director’s speech baffling or embarrassing, but no one can stop talking about it. It may, in fact, be the single most memorable moment of the whole campaign.(Aug. 30, 2012)

15. At the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton upstages the nominee with a barn-burner of a speech, one that lays out the case for Obama’s re-election in simple, lay-person’s terms. Obama jokingly suggests that Clinton should be appointed Secretary of Explaining Stuff, but as Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers jokes, that’s supposed to be Obama’s job. (Sept. 5, 2012)

16. Mother Jones magazine leaks a secretly taped video of Romney at a May fundraiser writing off “47 percent” of the electorate as people who won’t vote for him because they don’t pay federal income taxes, think of themselves as “victims,” and demand government services. Democrats capitalize on what may be the biggest Romney gaffe of the campaign, saying he’s insulted nearly half of America and that Obama wants to be president of 100 percent of the people. (Sept. 17, 2012)

17. The first presidential debate features a robust Romney outdoing a listless, barely there Obama. Nonetheless, the evening’s most memorable meme – Romney saying that, despite Big Bird’s popularity, he’d defund PBS – backfires against him, with Democrats and late-night comics ridiculing him for cracking down harder on Sesame Street than on Wall Street. (Oct. 3, 2012)

18. The Vice Presidential debate, between VP Joe Biden and Romney running mate Paul Ryan, is dominated by an aggressive Biden, who is nonetheless criticized for his rudeness in laughing at and interrupting Ryan. Biden’s smirk becomes such a big meme that it generates its own fake Twitter account. (Oct. 11, 2012)

19. A town hall-style debate between the presidential rivals reveals a more vigorous Obama. The most memorable soundbite is Romney’s remark about his affirmative-action hiring practices in selecting a cabinet in Massachusetts, saying he had “binders full of women” to choose from. Opponents snicker at the comment as evidence of Romney’s maladroitness on women’s issues. (Oct. 16, 2012)

20. In the final debate, when Romney criticizes Obama for allowing Navy ship counts to fall to their lowest level since World War I, he retorts that the nature of warfare has changed, and that we also have fewer “horses and bayonets.” That becomes the comic sound bite of the end of the campaign. (Oct. 22, 2012)

21. Donald Trump teases at a bombshell announcement that will change the election. It turns out to be an offer to donate $5 million to charity if Obama will release his college and passport applications. Amid the bitter partisan bickering of the bitter end of the campaign, the tycoon provides all Americans with something they can agree on at last: that Donald Trump is a self-serving publicity hound. (Oct. 24, 2012)

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Election 2012: 21 Memorable Moments of the 2012 Presidential Campaign

The 2012 presidential campaign has played like a couple of very long seasons of American Idol – only with, you know, actual consequences for the audience of voters who are watching.

The first season was a year-long series of Republican debates (20 of them!) and primaries, winnowing down a cast of colorful characters to find a winning challenger to compete against President Barack Obama.

Season 2 was the nearly-as-long battle of words and memes between the president and his eventual Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

Like any good reality show, this one produced some memorable moments — bizarre gaffes, witty zingers, tactical victories and missteps, even outright smears — that went viral, producing instant eruptions of pundit commentary, late-night parody, and snark on Twitter and Tumblr.

Now that the show is just about over, with Election Day fast approaching on Tuesday, to be followed by the victor’s applying himself to the dreary duty of cleaning up America’s extravagant messes, it’s easy to forget that watching this whole spectacle was actually sort of fun and entertaining.

So here’s a list of the 21 most unforgettable, eye-rolling, knee-slapping, heartstring-pulling moments of the 2012 presidential campaign.

1. Newsweek runs a cover featuring a photo of crazy-eyed candidate Michele Bachmann, with a story titled “The Queen of Rage.” The magazine is criticized for sexism and bias for running the unflattering cover, though detractors of the often factually-challenged, conspiracy-minded candidate suggest the magazine is just telling it like it is. (Aug. 7, 2011)

2. At a Republican debate in Tampa, moderator Wolf Blitzer asks a hypothetical question about a young man who lets a life-threatening condition go untreated for lack of health insurance. Audience members are heard shouting, “Let him die.” Democrats cite the moment to paint the GOP and its supporters as heartless extremists. (Sept. 12, 2001)

3. No candidate was more entertaining than Godfather’s Pizza CEO-turned-GOP dark horse Herman Cain. Alas, such meme-friendly Cain-isms as the ridiculously simple 9-9-9 tax plan and his unique pronunciation of Uzbekistan (“Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan”) came to a halt when old sexual harassment allegations surfaced and forced him to drop out of the race. (May-December 2011)

4. During a GOP debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry suffers a brain freeze and is unable to name three federal government departments he would shut down as a budget-slashing president. The ensuing ridicule leads voters to stop taking him seriously as a candidate. (Nov. 9, 2011)

5. At a debate in Des Moines, when Perry confronts Mitt Romney on his flip-flopping (claiming he revised a line in reprints of his book, eliminating reference to his Massachusetts health plan as a model for the nation), the former Mass. Governor bets Perry $10,000 that the revision never happened. The expensive wager is supposed to be a rhetorical zinger, but it backfires on Romney, making him look like a wealthy, out-of-touch elitist. (Dec. 10, 2001)

6. At a fundraiser at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, President Obama does an impressive imitation of Al Green (who is present at the event), crooning a few bars of Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Within days, the YouTube video of the brief karaoke routine has streamed 4 million times and sent Green’s decades-old ballad soaring up the singles chart.(Jan. 19, 2012).

7. Newsletters published in the 1990s under Republican candidate Ron Paul‘s name come under fire for their racist content. Paul, who had initially refused to apologize for the bulletins, now disavowed them, saying he had lent his name to the publications without having read them.  (Jan. 2012)

8. Romney campaign advisor Eric Fehrnstrom uses an analogy to suggest that the extreme positions his candidate espoused during the primaries wouldn’t repel moderate voters in the general election: “It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.” Romney detractors in both parties use the Etch A Sketch meme to criticize Romney’s seeming opportunism and lack of core principles. (March 21, 2012)

9. Democratic advisor Hilary Rosen criticizes Romney’s wife Ann as out-of-touch with wage-earning women, noting that the wealthy housewife and mother of five has “never worked a day in her life.” Republicans and feminists alike pounce on the comment, arguing that it devalues the work done by stay-at-home moms. Rosen is forced to apologize, as Democrats are forced to cede some of their moral high ground on women’s issues to the Republicans. (April 10, 2012)

10. The Daily Caller website unearths an excerpt from Obama’s memoir Dreams of My Father in which he mentions eating dog meat as a child with his stepfather in Indonesia. There’s even an audio clip of the president reading the words, from the book-on-tape version. Obama dog-meat recipe jokes abound, as the Republicans use the meme to counter the animal-cruelty story of how Romney strapped the family pooch to the roof of the car during a Romney clan road trip. (April 17, 2012)

11. Obama says “The private sector is doing fine” in terms of improving non-government job creation numbers. Republicans seize on the first six words to claim that the president is out of touch with the harsh economic realities of the suffering middle class. (June 8, 2012)

12. Obama gives a speech saying that businesses thrive when taxpayers and government help by (among other things) building infrastructure, so if your business succeeds while making use of public roads and bridges, you can’t claim sole credit for your success because “you didn’t build that.” Republicans glom onto those four words, claiming the president is saying that the government deserves all the credit for the success of private enterprise. It even makes “We Built That” the theme of the following month’s Republican National Convention. (July 13, 2012)

13. Discussing the dangers of deregulation, Vice President Joe Biden tells Virginians that the GOP wants “to unchain Wall Street,” which is “going to put y’all back in chains.” Insulted Republicans detect a reference to slavery and claim black voters should be offended by Biden’s rhetoric, but he refuses to apologize for his remarks.

14. At the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood upstages all the politicians with an improvised routine mocking Obama, represented onstage by an empty chair. Some observers find the 82-year-old actor/director’s speech baffling or embarrassing, but no one can stop talking about it. It may, in fact, be the single most memorable moment of the whole campaign.(Aug. 30, 2012)

15. At the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton upstages the nominee with a barn-burner of a speech, one that lays out the case for Obama’s re-election in simple, lay-person’s terms. Obama jokingly suggests that Clinton should be appointed Secretary of Explaining Stuff, but as Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers jokes, that’s supposed to be Obama’s job. (Sept. 5, 2012)

16. Mother Jones magazine leaks a secretly taped video of Romney at a May fundraiser writing off “47 percent” of the electorate as people who won’t vote for him because they don’t pay federal income taxes, think of themselves as “victims,” and demand government services. Democrats capitalize on what may be the biggest Romney gaffe of the campaign, saying he’s insulted nearly half of America and that Obama wants to be president of 100 percent of the people. (Sept. 17, 2012)

17. The first presidential debate features a robust Romney outdoing a listless, barely there Obama. Nonetheless, the evening’s most memorable meme – Romney saying that, despite Big Bird’s popularity, he’d defund PBS – backfires against him, with Democrats and late-night comics ridiculing him for cracking down harder on Sesame Street than on Wall Street. (Oct. 3, 2012)

18. The Vice Presidential debate, between VP Joe Biden and Romney running mate Paul Ryan, is dominated by an aggressive Biden, who is nonetheless criticized for his rudeness in laughing at and interrupting Ryan. Biden’s smirk becomes such a big meme that it generates its own fake Twitter account. (Oct. 11, 2012)

19. A town hall-style debate between the presidential rivals reveals a more vigorous Obama. The most memorable soundbite is Romney’s remark about his affirmative-action hiring practices in selecting a cabinet in Massachusetts, saying he had “binders full of women” to choose from. Opponents snicker at the comment as evidence of Romney’s maladroitness on women’s issues. (Oct. 16, 2012)

20. In the final debate, when Romney criticizes Obama for allowing Navy ship counts to fall to their lowest level since World War I, he retorts that the nature of warfare has changed, and that we also have fewer “horses and bayonets.” That becomes the comic sound bite of the end of the campaign. (Oct. 22, 2012)

21. Donald Trump teases at a bombshell announcement that will change the election. It turns out to be an offer to donate $5 million to charity if Obama will release his college and passport applications. Amid the bitter partisan bickering of the bitter end of the campaign, the tycoon provides all Americans with something they can agree on at last: that Donald Trump is a self-serving publicity hound. (Oct. 24, 2012)

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