There was a lot of fashion news happening at Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. A string of purple outfits caught America’s eye, as did Lady Gaga’s massive bird brooch, Jennifer Lopez’s signature nude lip, and poet Amanda Gorman’s yellow coat.
But naturally, what did social media care about? Bernie Sanders and the memes that could be made around his arrival at the inaugural festivities.
The longtime Vermont senator, former presidential candidate, and certified outfit repeater delivered a look like no other. At the historic swearing-in ceremony, Sanders possessed unmatched dad energy. He wore a “falcon”-colored Burton jacket that’s now sold out online and a stellar pair of mittens crafted by a Vermont native. In his hand, he carried a yellow envelope that reportedly held his inauguration tickets.
Sitting on a black plastic chair, hands folded, mask on, eyes squinted, Bernie’s curmudgeonly pose set the internet on fire. Only a day later, there are hundreds — if not thousands — of altered photos of the sitting Sanders at national moments, on city streets, and even in movie scenes.
In a much-needed act of public service, one tech-savvy Twitter user, @nick_sawhey, created a rudimentary site that allows people to insert the senator into a photo of any address or location. Here are the results from several notable spots around Boston, at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, and next to Trump Tower (plus a healthy dose of other inauguration memes to entertain you all day):
This is Bernie near Fenway Park.
...at the Copley Square Boston Public Library.
....at Boston City Hall.
....at Faneuil Hall.
...in the Boston Common.
...in Downtown Crossing.
Or maybe Sanders is better suited to lounge around Washington D.C. (Also to note, he also wore this jacket in another long-loved meme, “I am once again...”)
Hordes of people online had fun with the feature.
If you’re wondering what you missed on the Bernie meme front at large, these are a few sitting Sanders creations crafted outside the DIY app.
Not enough? The Web had some thoughts about what Donald Trump wrote in his outgoing note for the new commander-in-chief. Biden said the message was “very generous,” but the public guessed otherwise.
One meme included a note from an infamous “Jersey Shore” scene that wreaked havoc on one of the show’s most well-known couples.
In other meme news, national anthem singer Lady Gaga, who wore an enormous gold bird brooch to the ceremony, looked very close to volunteering herself for tribute á la “The Hunger Games,” the widely-popular teen book and movie series about a province-wide fight to the death (and a scathing critique of capitalism).
we’re missing one of our mockingjay pins, has anybody seen it?— The Hunger Games 🔥 (@TheHungerGames) January 20, 2021
In the end, all that matters is that Bernie likes the memes.