Out on the town having the time of my life with a bunch of friends pic.twitter.com/Qu7UpVTKgQ
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 20, 2021
Among the history-making moments at the 59th presidential inauguration came a delightful meme care of Bernie Sanders. Like the other attendees, the Vermont senator was dressed for a cold day in Washington, D.C. (where it even snowed for a moment). He sported a sensible insulated coat with a pair of patterned “smittens”—part mittens, part sweater—made for him by a Vermont school teacher. Compared to the long, colorful coats worn by other attendees, Sanders stood out for his practicality. But he stood out for another reason, too. As he sat alone and socially distanced from others, Sanders folded his hands over his legs and the internet instantly recognized him as a whole mood.
Shortly after the now-iconic picture of Sanders appeared, people got to work placing his seated, surly-looking portrait into all sorts of funny memes. In one iteration, he’s riding the NYC subway. In another, he’s sitting alongside Guy Fieri on their way to Flavortown. But some of our favorite memes are the art-centric ones that place Sanders in Edward Hopper’s famous Nighthawks painting as well as opposite artist Marina Abramović during her famous performance called The Artist is Present.
It’s clear that by the quality, quantity, and diversity of these memes, Sanders can go anywhere. Scroll down to see our favorite iterations of the Sanders sitting meme…so far.
Bernie Sanders became the meme king of the 59th presidential inauguration when a picture of him sitting alone in a practical winter outfit. The internet went wild putting Sanders in all sorts of situations:
Bernie Sanders mood. pic.twitter.com/VdcLSsPYHI
— GOOD (@good) January 20, 2021
Not me. Us. pic.twitter.com/ec7XgfEl7b
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) January 21, 2021
— NadieMeLoConto (@Celeste_PR0) January 20, 2021
Bernie Sanders cameo in Forrest Gump pic.twitter.com/HUBejIgi1k
— єℓ ∂υ∂єяιиο (@IamSegni) January 21, 2021
Shining Bernie pic.twitter.com/LxIJjnYXLD
— alf (@TheCatronaut) January 21, 2021
Bernie on the iron throne pic.twitter.com/0uK4YvonHx
— Stimmy Hendrix (@rocczar) January 21, 2021
this is it
this is the one pic.twitter.com/wlai2ua4oQ
— Emerson Lotzia, Jr. (@EmersonLotzia) January 21, 2021
— Dave O’Connor (@daveohsee) January 21, 2021
I am now whole. pic.twitter.com/mQEE8pNrh2
— wynter mitchell rohrbaugh (@wyntermitchell) January 22, 2021
— karol hernandez (@karolitadotcom) January 21, 2021
“If I wanted to sit and watch a bunch of bad routines, I’d go back to congress!” pic.twitter.com/rl0CG0x5Tc
— Muppet History (@HistoryMuppet) January 20, 2021
Bernie on the moon pic.twitter.com/uFtw3AGG4n
— Ryan (@ryanimal34) January 21, 2021
Even classic gifs were brilliantly meme-ified.
Some of our favorite iterations of the memes include Sanders with an art history twist.
— Michael Lobel (@mlobelart) January 21, 2021
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) January 20, 2021
And finally, Interior of a room with a young man seated at a table.
And Bernie. pic.twitter.com/8sQsEfpgoh
— Ashmolean Museum (@AshmoleanMuseum) January 21, 2021
— Nayland Blake (@naylandblake) January 21, 2021
Guys I made one
One and Three Chairs
— Maura Callahan (@_maura_callahan) January 21, 2021
Okay, who photoshopped Bernie in a painting of Seurat? SAJSKSJSJS pic.twitter.com/o03PRz2tCs
— .psd | chillin like a villain (@alexthepizzaboi) January 21, 2021