USMagazine, Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 11:10am (PDT)
Tuesday's debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney covered everything from Libya to gun control to health care -- but the biggest takeaway from the night wasn't related to policy or politics. It was a single, simple phrase: "binders full of women."
Responding to a question about gender income inequality, Governor Romney told the moderator that he had made a point of seeking out female applicants for his gubernatorial cabinet in Massachusetts.
"We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet," the Republican candidate explained. "I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks?' And they brought us whole binders full of women."
Those last four words -- "binders full of women" -- set the Internet abuzz, spawning countless tweets, Tumblr posts, and Photoshopped pics of women in binders. Celebs weighed in, too -- some with jokes, others with political statements.