The bird’s the word. Big bird has been caught in a presidential crossfire. Coming out of last night’s debate a lot of people are just thinking about Big Bird’s lack of job security. I’m going to stop the subsidies to PBS, I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird He loves Big Bird so much, he wants to fire him. Look at this sad face behind me. Awwww It was one of the few memorable moments of the debate and everybody jumped on it. Turns out lots of people love Big Bird, and Romney’s promise really set them off. “I’m glad to be the way I am. So glad to be the way I am.” The mere mention of cutting funds to Big Bird sent the social media world into high gear. The term Big Bird generated about 17,000 tweets every minute. Can you tell me how to the unemployment line? Organizing a million muppet march against Mitt. Today is brought to you by the letter U for Unemployed. One viewer tweeting, “I worked with Big Bird. I served with Big Bird. You, sir, are no Big Bird.” I love Big Bird. Really? While the idea of cutting government always appeals, when you start talking about programs that people like they start to get really twitchy. There are a lot of people in this country don’t have cable television. They can’t afford it. And, so, you know, many of these families may not have books. So that’s the point that you hear PBS making. Which is, for many kids, particularly young kids from low income families, Sesame Street is where they get their first introduction to things like phonics, and the alphabet, and the numbers, and so forth. Firing Big Bird is not going to close the gaps in the numbers he’s talking about. PBS says what they receive is less that a hundredth of a percentage point of the federal budget. The fact is, Governor Romney’s math just doesn’t add up. The math doesn’t add up? Hmmmm Maybe Mr. Romney needs a little Sesame Street.