5 Presidential Debate Moments That Became Instant Pop Culture Memes

To some extent, I think we all expected the first presidential debate to be a circus. We were right: It was. But historically, circuses are delightful to watch, and this particular circus was no different -- for all the important questions and politic-y talk around the answers to those questions, the Internet came out of Monday night with many, many new jokes and memes, all of which we expect to see circulated constantly at least until the next debate on October 9.


If you missed the show (or if you saw it but are still kind of in a daze from the whole thing), here's what you missed:

  1. "I prepared to be president."

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    Honestly, this moment was legendary. "Prepared to Be President" will not only be the title of every single future Clinton memoir and biopic, it'll also be the reason we elect her to office. Well, you know, hopefully.

  2. "The Cyber"

    "The Cyber" is now our favorite word to use to describe all things Internet, and we really have Donald Trump to thank. When he was asked about cybersecurity, Trump used these words in this order: 
    As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said .... So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a, it is a huge problem. I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough ... We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester, and certainly cyber is one of them.
    Cyber, yes. Cyber is unbelievable. We have to fix Cyber, Lester. 

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  3. The 400-pound hacker

    Trump's cybersecurity answer was really full of gems (we're not even getting to his 10-year-old son who "has computers, it's unbelievable"), and outside of The Cyber, we're also planning to talk about Trump's 400-pound hacker for, hmm, the rest of our lives. It's great because it displays Trump's ignorance on all things Cyber and all things body shaming and also probably all things hacking.

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  4. #TrumpSniffle

    Since everyone obsessed hard over Hillary's health a few weeks ago, it only seemed fair to obsess over Trump's health, too. So. Cue #TrumpSniffle. Was it a runny nose? Or was it something ... else? We don't know, but we do know we'll be bringing this up as often as possible from now until forever.

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  5. Hillary's shimmy

    You know how we were talking about how this debate was like a giant circus? We should have mentioned that most of the antics were coming from one side of the stage (guess whose) while the other side was absorbing everything and trying not to lose her sh*t at the absurdity of all.

    The physical evidence of this was delightful. Most notably, Hillary literally shimmed with excitement when Trump said "I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament -- I have a winning temperament" because she got to respond to it on national television, the lucky dog:

 Like we said, a circus. See you on October 9, Internet.


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