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This image of Willie Geist may be used as a reaction face, typically edited into an image of a famous or political person to express that an apology is in order for some related event.
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, On June 30 2011, Mark Halperin made a televised apology to President Obama after Halperin said Obama acted like “a dick” during a recent press conference. During Halperin’s apology, he was inexplicably accompanied by a silent, glaring, Willie Geist, co-host of Morning Joe.
The memetic possibilities of Geist’s stare were first demonstrated on the June 30th episode of “The Daily Show” in which the “disapproving glare” was analyzed and the image was overlayed on apologies made by Former NY Representative Anthony Weiner, Tiger Woods, Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, President Bill Clinton, President Richard Nixon, and a scene from “Blair Witch Project.” Stewart described the glare as “a perfect mix of disappointment, it has a dash of sadness, a smidgen of disbelief, all with just a hint of ‘Why the f**k am I in this shot?!’”
Daily Show: Mark Halperin Calls Obama a Dick
Shortly after, pictures started showing up with Willie Geist’s stare in them. And within two hours of the episode of the Daily Show showing, the first video of the meme was uploaded to YouTube by the user YourMomBakesPies titled “WILLIE GEIST DOES NOT APPROVE”