There was plenty to focus on during Wednesday night's presidential debate, from Mitt Romney's aggressive demeanor and sly smile to President Obama's downward gaze and sighs of annoyance. But as the two candidates faced off in Denver at the first of three debates, another physical detail caught our eyes: Romney and Obama's flag pins.
Those little metal American flags adorning each of the candidate's lapels flashed under the lights, but one more brightly than the other. From the start of the debate, viewers tweeted about the size of Romney's pin -- our own Arianna Huffington noted, "Romney's American flag lapel pin bigger than Obama's" -- then took it one step further. "Romney's got a bigger flag pin, Game Over" tweeted Reuters' Anthony De Rosa. "Romney's flag pin is 47% bigger than Obama's. #debate" tweeted another viewer.
But it wasn't just the size that drew attention. From a distance, Mitt's pin seemed to have a small black blob on it. Was it the shape of a heart? A star? The Illuminati Pyramid and All Seeing Eye? (Um, probably not.)
Turns out it was a particularly special star. The Associated Press tweeted, "Romney's lapel pin has the Secret Service logo - a star - on it. The Secret Service agents who protect him gave it to him. #Election2012" (Romney's personal aid, D.G. Jackson, confirmed the same via Twitter.)
Mystery solved -- but not before dozens and dozens of chatty viewers got a word in edgewise. Check out photos of the pins in question as well as our favorite tweets on the topic. What did you think of Romney's flashy accessory?