by John Boone | Mon., Nov. 5, 2012 3:31 PM
In 48 hours the election will be over and all we'll have to remember this race to the White House by will be like some 90 million memes (and a new president, perhaps, if Mitt Romney is able to somehow unseat President Barack Obama).
Plus some other nutty, sexy and always amusing moments involving Lindsay Lohan, Clint Eastwood and...Big Bird?! So we mined the past few months of celebrity endorsements, debates and Saturday Night Lives skits to bring you the 10 most amazing moments of the 2012 election.
1. Mitt Romney Wants to Fire Big Bird: During the first debate, Romney revealed that, despite claiming to love Big Bird, he plans to cut funding for PBS should he be elected. Viewers connected the dots, realizing that cutting funding for PBS could mean the end of Sesame Street, which would effectively send America's giant feathered friend to the unemployment line.
The Internet fought back with memes and a Million Puppet March, inciting an epic battle of Mitt vs. Muppet. Which is just pure madness, especially considering there are plenty of other muppets that should get fired first.
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2. Eastwooding: Forget Mitt Romney. It was Romney-supporter Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention—just before the GOP presidential nominee took the stage to accept his bid—that everyone was talking about.
During his speech, the actor, director and outspoken conservative vented his frustrations on the current state of America to an empty chair in which an invisible President Obama was seated. And sparked arguably the biggest meme of the whole election: Eastwooding, which was mostly just people talking to empty chairs.
Gregg Segal for TIME
3. These Sexy Pictures of Paul Ryan: If the vice-presidential hopeful has to muscle the budget to get it in check, well, fear not: This Time photoshoot (taken in December) proves that he's got the biceps to do just that! That's how politics works, right?
4. Lindsay Lohan Endorses Mitt Romney: Employment is something that is "really important" to LiLo, which is why she is voting for Romney...well, at least she would, if she were actually registered to vote. Unfortunately, when discussing employment, the actress never clarified if she thought that the president had the power to cast her in her next movie.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
5. This Picture of Barack Obama: Taken after Obama dialed the wrong number while making calls from a campaign office in Florida. Hey girl, the president's calling. And you better answer.
AP Photo/ Evan Vucci
6. This Picture of Mitt Romney: Taken at Fairfield Elementary School in Virginia of Mitt with the caption "posing for photos with schoolchildren." Posing indeed! The AP apologized for the vague caption.
7. Saturday Night Live's Spoof Perfection: It's open season on both of the presidential candidates and their running mates as far as SNL is concerned. But the most LOL-worthy skit this political season came courtesy of funnylady Kate McKinnon taking on Ann Romney, the SNL spoof involved talk of Mormon Mardi Gras and this line, "Everyone's always saying I'm unrelatable because I had a horse in the Olympics. Well, let me tell you what. I would kill that horse if I could meet Beyoncé."
8. Friday Night Lights Fight: Both campaigns unofficially adopted the saying "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts Can't Lose," but only one got the support of the people behind the show. Creator Peter Berg slammed Romney for stealing the slogan while Connie Britton pointed out, "It is President Obama who has shown his values to be more closely aligned with those represented by the phrase."
You know what they say: You don't mess with Texas!
9. The Simpsons Endorse Mitt Romney: If only Springfield had some sway in the Electoral College! Because Romney—or at least the version of him interpreted by the long running Fox comedy—nabbed endorsements from both Homer Simpson (for starting Obamacare) and Mr. Burns, for something that has to do with dogs and oil drilling.
10. The Star Power: It'd probably be easier to name the celebrities that didn't get involved with this election. Because there was Miley Cyrus Neil Patrick Harris, Kathy Griffin, Joel McHale, a handful of those Glee kids, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Zac Efron, Ellen DeGeneres, Amanda Seyfried, Jonah Hill and Selena Gomez. And that was just in PSAs.
Then there's the celebs who hit the trail for Obama (like Kerry Washington, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria, Kal Penn, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney, to name a few) and Romney (Stacey Dash, Kid Rock and Meat Loaf).
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