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Bernie Sanders Wearing Mittens Sitting in a Chair

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Updated Feb 08, 2022 at 06:13AM EST by Rose Abrams.

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Bernie Sanders Wearing Mittens Sitting in a Chair refers to the numerous jokes and photoshops made from pictures of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' attending the Inauguration of Joe Biden in a parka and mittens. In particular, a picture of Sanders sitting bundled up in a chair became an image macro and exploitable series.

Origin

At the Inauguration of Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders attended in a coat and mittens,[1] which stood in stark contrast to other attendees who had more formal wear. That day, Getty photographer Brendan Smialowski published the image of Sanders seated at the inauguration in his parka and mittens.

Many shared the image online, including New Yorker writer Rachel Syme, who tweeted[2] the image with the caption, "i need this picture to become the new 'i would prefer not to' stand in." The post received more than 20,000 likes and 4,000 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below, left). BuzzFeed political reporter Ruby Cramer tweeted[3] about the mittens' origins, "Bernie’s mittens are made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vt. She gave them to him 2+ years ago and was surprised when he began wearing them on the campaign trail. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles." The post received more than 230,000 likes and 46,000 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below, right).


rachel syme @rachsyme i need this picture to become the new "i would prefer not to" stand in 8:08 AM • Jan 20, 2021 • Twitter Web App Ruby Cramer @rubycramer Bernie's mittens are made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vt. She gave them to him 2+ years ago and was surprised when he began wearing them on the campaign trail. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined

This was parodied in a post by Twitter user @CamBNewton[5] that gained over 2,400 retweets and 20,000 likes (shown below). They wrote, "Everyone else: wearing giant, dressy black and grey coats Bernie: This is my good jacket, and it keeps me warm. I’m wearing it."


Cameron Newton 00 @CamBNewton Everyone else: wearing giant, dressy black and grey coats Bernie: This is my good jacket, and it keeps me warm. I'm wearing it Capitol Hill 10:36 AM Voice of Evan Osnos | Biden Biographer LIVE CN THE INAUGURATION OF JOE BIDEN CNN INAUGURATION 7:38 AM · Jan 20, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone

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Throughout the day, people joked about Sanders' wardrobe online (examples below). Twitter[4] published an events page on the reaction, writing "Cozy and casual Bernie Sanders makes a fashion statement on Inauguration Day."


Chandra Steele 000 @ChanSteele In Jewish yoga this pose is: waiting for my wife at Loehmann's 8:21 AM · Jan 20, 2021 · Twitter Web App astasia 000 @AstasiaWill Bernie has places to be after this 7:44 AM · Jan 20, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone astasia 000 @AstasiaWill Bernie has places to be after this 7:44 AM · Jan 20, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone

That day on Reddit, the photo of Sanders reached the front page of /r/MemeEconomy and the top 100 posts overall. Redditor droplit_ posted the image in the /r/MemeEconomy subreddit[6] received more than 6,000 points (97% upvoted) and titled the thread "Invest in Bundled up Bernie."

Several media outlets covered the image, including Vogue,[7] GQ,[8] NJ.com,[9] The Cut,[10] The Daily Beast,[11] People,[12] New York Post,[13] BuzzFeed,[14] Mic,[15] Ebaumsworld[16] and more.


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Various Examples


Vulture 00 VULTURE @vulture The pose. The mittens. The social distance. 8:09 AM · Jan 20, 2021 · Twitter Web App Anne T. Donahue @annetdonahue me long after the pandemic, happily mingling at a party 8:13 AM Jan 20, 2021 Twitter Web App Reeezy @MsReeezy Bernie dressed like the inauguration is on his to do list today but ain't his whole day. 8.•OO AM • Jan 20, 2021 • Twitter for iPhone
Alan Johnson @TheAlanJohnson Wait, is Bernie is wearing the same jacket from his meme at the inauguration? 7:41 AM Jan 20, 2021 Twitter for iPhone Elahe Izadi 00 @Elahelzadi me going on dates during a panny 8:33 AM · Jan 20, 2021 · TweetDeck Kona e @Kozza Bernie with zero sartorial consideration. Just full Vermont grandfather Capitol Hill 10:21 AM BREAKING NEWS BIDEN TO TAKE OFFICE FACING DEADLY PANDEMIC, HISTORIC DIVISION INAUGURATION CONDITIONS THE WEATHER IS BREEZY AND 40 DEGREES IN WASHIN


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