Bernie Sanders happy his mittened meme may raise millions for charity
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the famed curmudgeon photographed during the inauguration of President Joe Biden with gloves and a haircut behind his face mask in an image that immediately became a meme, said Sunday he was glad it could help to raise millions for charity.
As the ruler of the world has a convivial thrill, the meme depicts everything from Sanders’ gloves touching Michelangelo’s Hand of God in the Sistine Chapel, to his sitting at the Yalta Conference of World War II in 1945, next to the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin Roosevelt, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
Asked by CNN on Sunday whether he enjoys the meme as much as the rest of the world, the 79-year-old gave an uncharacteristic grin and said he was delighted that his hand-woven gloves, blue face mask and brand glow could be transformed in gold for needy Americans.
‘Not only are we having fun, but what we’re doing here in Vermont is selling our sweatshirts and T-shirts across the country, and all the money that’s going to be raised – which I expect to be a few. million dollars – go to programs like ‘Meals on Wheels’ that feed low-income senior citizens, ”Sanders said.
“It actually turns out to be a good thing, and not just a fun thing,” he said.
Vermont teacher Jen Ellis said on Twitter that she donated Sanders the gloves she knitted from recycled wool sweaters two years ago.
As Sanders performed in everything from Japanese anime art to copies of the album cover in the 1960s, Sanders performed during the ceremony for his gloves, a snowboard jacket manufactured by the Vermont company Burton, and with ‘ a large manila envelope.
“I’m convinced Senator Sanders would have dressed exactly the same as his own inauguration if he had won,” one Twitter user said.