The 2012 Election Told With GIFs

It’s been a long, strange trip since I made my first Mitt Romney GIF way back in 2011. Join me for a stroll down memory lane.

1. At the Republican primary debate in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney hinted at GIFs to come.

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2. Remember when Kelly Clarkson endorsed Ron Paul?

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3. The Republican primary provided the Internet with lots of immature GIFs. (THANK YOU, GOD.)

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7. Mark Block became a star.

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8. Herman Cain’s lady friends almost made us forget about the 9-9-9 plan.

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9. Newt fist-bumped Snooki.

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10. Ron Paul had jazz hands.

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11. Obama hugging Gabby Giffords at the State of the Union was basically demanded by everyone on Twitter.

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12. Romney relaxed with some Jenga.

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13. Paul Ryan’s gun show gave some liberals awkward boners.

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14. Remember how excited you were for the DNC?

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18. And the RNC??

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19. It’s where Mitt Romney fist-bumped a guy.

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20. The Obama/Romney debates marked the moment when the Internet started taking election GIFs seriously.

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26. Mitt Romney didn’t win this debate but he definitely got a CUTE badge.

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27. Obama as Beyonce was a late surprise.

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28. And finally, the First Couple shared a tender moment on the last day of the campaign.

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