I'm surprised that the media is touting Obama's bayonets and horses line as a high-point "gotcha" rather than a gaffe.
Romney's point was "this is the number of ships that the Navy -- not me -- says it needs to do its job".
Obama's response stuck me as a huge swipe against America's navy and the men and women who serve in it. Here was their commander-in-chief saying in effect, "you're obsolete". That should boost morale.
As another commentator noted, if ships are so obsolete, why is China building them like crazy?
I should also point out that for decades the US has used its ships to keep the shipping lanes of the world free and open to trade. It has done this without fanfare, and without cost to the rest of the world. When it comes to the US or the UN to get the job done, who ya gonna call?
Each and every one of us has reason to be thankful for the US Navy -- it has helped secure whatever prosperity each of us currently enjoys.
A strong navy or remaindered reset buttons -- America's choice.