TODAY | November 04, 2012
>>> this election has been pretty serious business.
>> but there have been more than few lighter moments as well. here is nbc's mike viqueira.
>> reporter: congratulations, ameri america . the grand march of democracy, our national endurance test, is finally coming to an end. a year and a half of gaffes and laughs starting with debates.
>> i'm speaking.
>> reporter: so many debates, so many fond memories.
>> it's three agencies of government when i get there that are gone. commerce, education, and the --
>> reporter: of course certain things were more memorable than others. there's been high drama.
>> and i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.
>> reporter: and high rollers .
>> i'll tell you what, $10,000 --
>> reporter: and numbers, lots and lots of numbers.
>> $5 trillion tax cut.
>> 12 million new jobs.
>> the numbers just don't add up.
>> reporter: at times the rhetoric soared, kind of.
>> and the trees are the right height.
>> reporter: other times the speeches fell flat.
>> what do you want me to tell romney ? i can't tell them to do that. can't do that to himself.
>> reporter: and there was music.
>> bruce springsteen to trace atkins and dave matthews out here on the campaign trail is music, sweet music everywhere. you make me
>> reporter: for every katy perry belt iing it out for obama -- there was a kid rock for romney . even the candidates got into the act. and i'm so in love with you america , america
>> reporter: all good until meatloaf was served. sometimes the candidates were funny on purpose.
>> it's nice to finally relax and to wear what ann and i wear around the house.
>> the unemployment rate is at its lowest since i took office. i don't have a joke here. i just thought it would be useful to remind everybody.
>> reporter: other times we wondered what are they laughing at. if you're running for office it's important not to take yourself too seriously.
>> i'm not saying each early voter gets a free cheeseburger but i'm not saying they don't either.
>> reporter: we laughed with them and, yes, sometimes we laughed at them.
>> governor romney has just said that he killed osama bin laden . would you care to respond?
>> no, you two go ahead.
>> reporter: there were timeless campaign trail predictions. when you get close to the people, people want to get close. s as always there were moments that make us cringe. but this time new media brought new kinds of ridicule.
>> brought whole binders full of women.
>> reporter: twitter with classics.
>> called an act of terror.
>> reporter: the fact checker . it was a campaign of big issues. while other issues were ignored. gun control , no. young guns , yes.
>> governor romney believes --
>> reporter: in the end, $1 billion in ads.
>> i'm mitt romney , and i approved this message.
>> reporter: their target a political unicorn, the undecided voter until the mouth of one babe.
>> i'm tired of barack obama and mitt romney .
>> that's why you're crying? it will be over soon, abby.
>> reporter: you have to wonder what do we do now to keep us entertained? for "today," mike viqueira, nbc news, washington.
>> now we focus on 2016 .
>> it feels like it's been the world's largest reality show we've been watching.
>> and it ain't over yet.
>>> up next, what erica needs