The unexpected star from Inauguration Day? The Bernie at inauguration meme.
The inauguration was a joyous moment for the USA, full of hope and symbols of unity. From the celebratory playlist (opens in new tab) to Kamala Harris’ powerful pre-inauguration outfit (opens in new tab), it was exactly what we all needed. But nothing seems to have captured the hearts of the world quite like Bernie Sanders and his mittens.
The Vermont Senator, and President Biden's toughest rival in the Democratic presidential nominations, attended the Inauguration in Washington DC. He paired a simple grey coat with a pair of knitted, patterned mittens. The image of him in his coat and mittens, sitting socially distanced in his chair swiftly caught the eye of fans and became a viral meme almost instantly.
And following the success of the Bernie Inauguration meme, one Twitter user got to work and created a website that you can use to put Bernie in places using google maps street view. The devil works fast, but the internet...
I made a website where you can put bernie in places using google maps street view. Enjoy!https://t.co/UfY5g9xU2k pic.twitter.com/8rstiEXOHfJanuary 21, 2021
Bernie at Inauguration meme: the best reactions
Bernie is wearing his I am once again asking you jacket pic.twitter.com/mtkm7Sx7l8January 20, 2021
Fans have been using it as a meme ever since and have now started using it alongside his inauguration pictures. One fan wrote: “Bernie is wearing his I am once again asking you jacket.”
Many have said his clothing made him look like he had errands to run, as he was pictured with what looked like an envelope to post. Fans love how unbothered he looks in the photo as if the inauguration was just one of the many things he had to do that day. One fan said: "Bernie dressed like the inauguration is on his to do list today but ain’t his whole day.”
Bernie dressed like the inauguration is on his to do list today but ain’t his whole day. pic.twitter.com/wCRyoxU3V2January 20, 2021
The image of Bernie and his mittens is a hilarious contrast to the suits and dresses surrounding him. One user wrote: “I've never related to an energy more.”
Personally, we think the slightly wonky mask is what really makes it.
i've never related to an energy more pic.twitter.com/9FcKU4dcXUJanuary 20, 2021
Twitter fans have even started editing him into famous paintings, film scenes, and even into other memes. His sitting pose blends perfectly, from sitting on a bench next to Forrest Gump to riding the subway. One wrote: ‘Blessed with my Friends’ and edited him into the famous Friends couch scene.
Blessed with my “Friends”! #BernieSanders #berniesmittens #Bernie pic.twitter.com/Eb9By0TWfTJanuary 21, 2021
Bernie Sanders will start to have a bigger role during Biden's Presidency and we cannot wait for many more memes to come...
Naomi is a trainee News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life and is training for an NCTJ Qualification.
Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.
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