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They were talking in code about Big Bird

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Submitted by Abu Nudnik (Canada), Oct 12, 2012 at 16:28

The weirdest part about the debate last night was the battle for Bibi Hill. Ryan started it, calling Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bibi. It's questionable whether or not high officials in the US government should be calling Netanyahu a nickname that Israelis use. It seems undiplomatic. Biden was quick to engage Ryan in the pissing contest, each vying to show the love for Bibi. You can't blame anyone for thinking that, Romney having pronounced the death sentence on the important security asset known as Big Bird last week, Ryan was trying to walk that back and Biden was in the rumble til the last drop of blood was shed. Big Bird, Bi Bi... get it? Between them, Ryan and Biden invoked the magic name, Bibi eight times. I wonder if Prime Minister Netanyahu's feathers were ruffled.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Not sure about the code for Big Bird but the competition to assert closer relations with "Bibi" was both dismaying (that use of the nickname) and heartwarming (glad they weren't competing over being BFF with Erdo─čan).

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