“Lay off the horses, Mr. Obama.” That is the referenced article’s title, not ours. However, neither of the presidential candidates seem to have a clue about horses. How sad, considering how much equines have benefited mankind. Horses also fought, injured and died in battle by the millions in the U.S., and are still used in critical strategic maneuvers.
What’s all the fuss about? President Obama’s reference to “horses and bayonets” lit up Twitter last night.
Cross-posted from Washington Post blog
Written by MARTIN AUSTERMUHLE
During yesterday’s debate on foreign policy, President Obama scored what may have been the zinger of the night when he mocked Republican challenger Mitt Romney for thinking that when it comes to military hardware, quality matters more than quantity. “Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed,” Obama quipped.
Sure, but how about the nature policing the capital? Officers are more and more likely to be seen on bikes, motorcycles, cars and even Segways, but that doesn’t mean that local police forces have rid themselves of the horses that used to be part and parcel of maintaining order in District.
In fact, the Metropolitan Police Department went in exactly the opposite direction in 2001, when Police Chief Charles Ramsey reinstated the House Mounted Division that had been abandoned some 70 years earlier.
Then there’s “About those horses and bayonets“, over at the New York Times >>
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