The casual appearance of US Senator Bernie Sanders ignites the internet during President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
US Senator Bernie Sanders’ bundled look set the internet on fire during President Joe Biden’s inauguration as Sanders snuggled up against the cold in a brown jacket and large diamond-patterned woolen mittens.
Some Twitter users praised the fact that Sanders, a 79-year-old progressive from Vermont who twice ran for president, looked like “the common man” even during this historic event.
The image of Sanders from the opening, taken by AFP photographer Brendan Smialowski, has since appeared in an endless array of memes on social media.
Hi-Ace Bernie pic.twitter.com/U6jZWxAppX
– Donovan Goliath (@DonovanGoliath) January 21, 2021
– Angela Kinsey? (@AngelaKinsey) January 21, 2021
Good job from Bernie pic.twitter.com/PN6RI1zVlU
– Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) January 21, 2021
That’s it. We ended up here. Stop the Internet. pic.twitter.com/YPp8mempvI
– Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) January 21, 2021
Many made fun of his appearance for looking like a ‘grandpa at the post office’, or said he appeared to go out to ‘shovel the aisle’, while others found the creative inspiration in the photo.
Render of Bernie. 10 minute sketch in Procreate by Caleb Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/9k0dtmh08X
– Dr Allison Gill (@allisongill) January 21, 2021
Others joked that Sanders, often seen during the ceremony with his arms and legs crossed, looked like he needed a heater.
Sanders remains a beloved political figure among progressive voters in the United States, despite his failure to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.
Meanwhile, other high profile political figures also saw their choice of outfit in the limelight.
It’s so hard to pick a favorite image of Bernie but I really felt this one pic.twitter.com/3LOA2zU2oI
– Jana Lynne Sanchez (@janasanchez) January 21, 2021
Former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris, wore different shades of purple for the event. Some have speculated that the choice was a nod to a mix of blue and red, the colors associated with the Democratic and Republican parties, and symbolized a call for unity.
Others noted that Harris often chose to wear purple during her presidential campaign in 2019. This was to honor late Congressman Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for President of the United States. , who also wore purple during his campaign.