14 of the best Bernie memes and why I love 'em. Hint: it's not what you think

14 of the best Bernie memes and why I love 'em. Hint: it's not what you think

Keep those Bernie memes coming!

I love those doctored photos appearing on social media of a grumpy-faced Bernie Sanders sitting on a metal folding chair, donning a mask, heavy winter jacket and a cute pair of wooly mittens (made of recycled materials).

He looks as though he's a bored, cold husband waiting for his wife to finish shopping at Walmart.


As most of you know, the photo was originally taken at the presidential inauguration. Since then, it's been photoshopped time and time and time again, putting Bernie in a never-ending array of incongruent places and situations.

He's selling girl scout cookies.


He's on the moon next to the American flag.


At a fashion show, wedged in between Queen Elizabeth and Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of "Vogue Magazine."

On a TV news anchor desk. In a boxing ring with a young, buff Muhammad Ali. On "The Dating Game" with three hotties.


In a beauty parlor. On a roller coaster.  Attending my Facebook friend's wedding.  With the the cast of the "Golden Girls" and "Seinfeld" and "Friends."




He appears with Forrest Gump on a park bench and in "Star Wars" scenes.


Playing chess with the actress in "The Queen's Gambit."


At the beach with Chris Christie.


At an art gallery


and inserted into famous works of art such as Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthawks."



He's perched on a steel beam 69 floors above New York City in the iconic black and white photo from 1932.


And, my personal favorite, Bernie "Dibs" Sanders with his tush parked in a shoveled-out parking space on a snowy street in Chicago.


Yes, I love 'em all. Not so much because they are cute and clever and ridiculously funny. All of which is true. It's because of what they represent-- a certain lightness in the air. Since the inauguration, it's as if a 500-ton weight has been lifted from many of our collective hearts.

It feels like a return to normalcy, back to a time when we could be silly on social media instead of constantly outraged by the daily dose of something awful tasting that Trump did or said.

It's still the honeymoon period for Biden. Most likely, it won't last long. But for now, let's enjoy it. Take a deep breath. Exhale. It feels pretty, pretty, pretty good.

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