Every election introduces new characters and catchphrases to popular culture. But this one seemed to have more than its fair share. From Joe the Plumber to the infamous fist bump, let’s take a look back at some of the people and words we saw and heard during this campaign:Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, was an Ohio man looking to buy a plumbing business who came to symbolize the middle class during the final presidential debate. After meeting and speaking with Barack Obama at a rally, John McCain sited him as an example of someone who’d be hurt by Obama’s tax increases on those making more than $250,000. The problem? Joe’s not a licensed plumber, and he’s not interested in paying taxes at all, which is why he has several tax liens against him.
Before Joe the Plumber, the McCain campaign invoked Joe Six Pack, the ubiquitous everyman in America. His wife, naturally, is Jane Wine Box.
Obama girl showed up early in the campaign season, declaring her love for the “dreamy” Senator from Illinois, and drawing some unwanted fangirl attention to the campaign.
There were hockey moms.
There was Wall Street, and Main Street.
It’s been wild and at times, quite silly. But then, most elections are. I just hope all these words and characters didn’t cloud what’s truly important: The issues.