Bernie’s mittens have more memes than Joe has executive orders

This may be my favorite -- Bernie's mittens discussing Chicken McNuggets with the guys from "The Wire."/@turd_fergusson

This may be my favorite — Bernie’s mittens discussing Chicken McNuggets with the guys from “The Wire.”/@turd_fergusson

You’ve seen the original, which is Bernie sitting at the inauguration using that unmistakable Bernie body language that has charmed so many, seeming to say:

Of course, everybody talks about the mittens — which were apparently made by a Vermont schoolteacher who has now run out of all those she had to sell.

But it’s not the mittens that grab us. It’s the attitude. There was another picture of Bernie apparently arriving at the inauguration, burdened with other stuff he had to do: a manila folder, and what looked like a check he had to take to the bank when this dumb thing was done. One wag tweeted that with the caption, “Bernie has places to be after this.”

You know, that inimitable Bernie charm.

On some of these posts, you’ll see debates as to whether folks are making fun of, or criticizing, Bernie for his lack of social grace, or praising his unaffected naturalness. But the memes seem to have appeal across the spectrum, from people who voted for him to those of us who are amazed that anyone thinks this guy, whatever his virtues, could persuade a majority of voters to make him president.

Anyway, the most popular image is of him sitting crabbily in the chair. Here are some of the alternative images this inspired. I’ve included under each image my best info as to where they came from.

Here you have the first solo album Bernie's Mittens put out when the band broke up./@neutral_milk_airbnb

Here you have the first solo album Bernie’s Mittens put out when the band broke up./@neutral_milk_airbnb

@Notorious_ARC_

Remember the mittens from that weird movie Sandra Bullock was in? @Notorious_ARC_

@newyorknico

@newyorknico

@Puptheband

@Puptheband

@djjkim

@djjkim

Found this on the feed of @madeline__carl

Found this on the feed of @madeline__carl

Well, you get the idea. There are loads of them out there. I’d like to credit each and every Photoshop artist whose work I cited, but the best I could do on most was show you where I found it.

Now, go out and find your own…

12 thoughts on “Bernie’s mittens have more memes than Joe has executive orders

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Note that Bernie was exhibiting the very same affect when he was here to ask us for our votes. (So Joe and Kamala shouldn’t take it personally.)

      Meanwhile, note that the “billionayuh” next to him was smiling to beat the band, trying to ingratiate himself…

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  1. Bryan Caskey

    Authenticity is hard not to like. In a world with so many politicians who will say whatever they think people want to hear, the ones who say what they really think (and damn the torpedoes) are few and far between.

    I don’t agree with Bernie Sanders on a lot of issues, but I certainly respect him for his honest advocacy. It’s not hard to see his appeal if you’re inclined towards his world-view.

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    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Yeah, I disagree with him a good bit myself. But I think if I agreed with him on everything, I’d still like him to try just a little to be less unpleasant in his manner.

      I mean really — how hard is it to make a tiny effort not to push people away?

      Hey, I know! Let’s watch it again!

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        1. Brad Warthen Post author

          Those of you who are too young to remember won’t be familiar with the theme of “The Patty Duke Show.”

          You should check it out. It will make you feel less bad about having missed the ’60s…

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              1. Bob Amundson

                “It will make you feel less bad about having missed the ’60s…”

                I REALLY enjoyed the late 60s and 70s. :-)

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