Big Bird, the lovable yellow “Sesame Street” resident, became a symbol of the 2012 presidential election after Mitt Romney famously threatened to fire him during the first presidential debate.
Romney inspired a myriad of memes, an Obama attack ad, and a visit by the character to “SNL” when he said, “I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I love Big Bird … But I’m not gonna keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
After all that, Big Bird had to weigh in at the polls. On election day, John Kelso of the Austin Statesman waited in line to cast his ballot in a Big Bird costume.
“I didn’t pull this stunt because I’m a big fan of Big Bird. Nope, this one is Mitt Romney’s fault,” writes Kelso. “If the Mittster hadn’t said during one of the presidential debates that he loves Big Bird, not likes but loves, I might have rented a Daffy Duck or a Tweety Bird suit instead … But when Romney said he would cut off funding to PBS, Big Bird’s boss, I decided to go to bat for the yellow guy.
Kelso as “Big Bird” was accompanied by a “Secret Service” bodyguard, Edd O’Donnell, who told bystanders, “I’m here to take a bullet for the Bird.”