Joe Biden Officially Recognizes 'Dark Brandon' As His Alter Ego During White House Correspondents' Dinner

April 30th, 2023 - 1:52 PM EDT by Aidan Walker

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Joe Biden with laser eyes Dark Brandon meme.

In remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night, President Joe Biden himself officially acknowledged the existence of Dark Brandon. This acknowledgment essentially proves that Biden has personally viewed, interacted with or at least been informed about the plethora of Dark Brandon meme content circulating online the last couple of years.

In the viral video, Biden is seen telling jokes, as is traditional at the White House Correspondents Dinner. He pulls out a pair of dark shades, puts them on and says, "I'm going to be fine with your jokes, but I'm not sure Dark Brandon will be."

This phrasing suggests that Joe Biden interprets Dark Brandon as a kind of alter ego — a Gollum to his Sméagol that he can't quite control.

This official acknowledgment perhaps completes Dark Brandon's arc as one of the first memes to become an essential part of a White House communications strategy. Already, Dark Brandon merchandise has been featured in Biden's official campaign store, appearing shortly after his announcement that he'll be running again in 2024.

In the wake of the Correspondents' Dinner clip making the rounds online, many posters were exuberant to see Dark Brandon officially acknowledged, in words, by the 46th President.

Others, notably opponents of Biden, called the official nod to the viral meme "cringe."

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