It took “Saturday Night Live’s” Tina Fey to bring a (greatly distorted) version of Sarah Palin’s “I can see Russia” line to the public consciousness, and four years later, rising political comedian John Kerry appended his own punchline: “Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia from watching ‘Rocky IV.’”
Fact checking John Kerry's speech will require asking a dead terrorist if he's better off than in 2008 and IMDBing Rocky IV
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) September 7, 2012
Kerry might have thought he was staying on message, but his one-off line sent “Rocky IV” trending up the Twitter charts in an online love-fest of cinematic cheese.
@heidimcoudal Did you notice that Rocky IV is currently trending! Ha!
— Alejandra Valera (@alivalera) September 7, 2012
Rocky IV is still trending. Ivan Drago would be proud.
— Mario Torres (@MarioLeonTorres) September 7, 2012
Rocky IV: The Greatest Cold War Movie Ever Made: http://t.co/1dNLc1xo
— Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) September 7, 2012
The degree to which Rocky does not keep his hands up in Rocky IV cannot be overstated.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 7, 2012
We need to quit tweeting Rocky IV. It's now on the trending list. Sly Stallone might get ideas for another sequel.
— trifecta (@3fecta) September 7, 2012
FACT CHECK: Rocky IV is actually the second best Rocky movie, behind the original.
— Scott Waldman (@scottpwaldman) September 7, 2012
John Kerry's reference to Rock IV is definitely among my top 25 Rocky IV references at a national political convention. #DNC2012
— Chris Molinaro (@Molinaro4Prez) September 7, 2012
Whoever wrote the Rocky IV reference in Kerry's speech deserves a promotion ASAP
— John Francis O'Brien (@johnfob) September 7, 2012
— Sean Sullivan (@WaPoSean) September 7, 2012
Romney/Drago 2012 #RockyIV
— A.I. Moore (@aimoore) September 7, 2012
Wait… what’s this about a speech? Oh, John Kerry — the guy trending several slots below “Rocky IV.”