Wednesday night's first presidential debate of 2012, in which President Barack Obama and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney duked it out, inspired a lot of, well, debate!
Moderated — some say poorly — by PBS' Jim Lehrer, the much-anticipated discussion covered the candidates' views on the economy, health care, the role of government and more. Much of Hollywood weighed in on the debate via Twitter, with widely-ranging views on Obama and Romney's notably different debate styles, Lehrer's difficulties and some of the more memorable sound bytes of the evening (including Romney's Big Bird mention!).
Here, Us Weekly rounds up a handful of the celeb tweets from Wednesday's debate.
John Cusack: "Watching the debates — it's so strange the president seems almost apologetic about his policies that help people and didn't call out Romney"
Trevor Donovan: "I think Clint Eastwood's empty chair showed up tonight in Denver……"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: "Is that a tiny distant violin telling me to wrap up my speech? Oh no, it's just Jim Lehrer."
Kate Walsh: "Mitt Romney will abolish PBS…but he DOES like Big Bird and Jim Lehrer. Thank God The Count's not alive to see this."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: "Both are good men. #Debate2012 but we need a great president. #It's not about liking Obama – It's about needing Romney"
Lisa Vanderpump: "Wow presidential debate was pretty interesting,but think @BravoAndy should host the next one,then we could really get into it #hearthetruth"
Kathy Griffin: "Aww s**. Romney did the Nixon upper lip wipe. I think his "I'm taking away Big Bird" statement just sunk in"
Ivanka Trump: "#Romney really rose to the occasion tonight! #BigNight #Debate2012 #debate #CantAfford4More"
Gilles Marini: "Just watched the #Debates . Well I wish they were saying what they really think! Way to blurry and walking on eggs. I wanted more!"
Aubrey O'Day: "#debate: I didn't learn anything new. Romney was solid (but my expectations were low). Obama didn't come hard enough, he seemed listless. :/"
Sherri Shepherd: " If you were for Mitt b4 the #debates you're still w Mitt… if you're #TeamObama then despite tonight's weaknesses your mind hasn't changed"
Kirstie Alley: "Not usually this politically general… but debate was lack luster at best… Bill Clinton.. show em how it's done!!!"
Joy Behar: "Romney was aggressive and still not likeable. #current2012"
Rob Lowe: "Worst moderator ever."
Sarah Silverman: "U can't say we have religious freedom AND that we're all children of the same God, Bro!!"
Olivia Wilde: "We know you'd rather have a private plan, Mitt, to go with your private plane, and your private planet when your battery dies. #debate2012"
Bob Saget: "I'm really enjoying these debates. I can't wait til they have the swimsuit competition."
Eva Longoria: "I'm in New Zealand watching the presidential debate! Obama is killing it on health care! #Obama2012."
Lady Gaga: "I believe its important to note before this begins that Romney is a millionaire and paid well below the average tax rate, paying only 13.9%."
Albert Brooks: "Next debate will be moderated by Miss Piggy before she loses her job . .. Between these two explanations of health care I don't know what the f–k is happening."
Mark Ruffalo: "#Romney Okay. This is a great performance. I almost believed that Mitt cares about the hurting 47% that he said he didn't care about. Oscar?" And: "What I think is going to be awesome to see is how Obama deals with tonight. The next debate is going to rock. Rocky Balboa??"
Chris Rock: "Obama is waiting for the right moment to pull out Bin Laden's skull from behind the podium. Wait for it. Wait for it… #debate#PresDebate."
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