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Scowling Bernie Sanders happy his mittened meme may rai...



Scowling Bernie Sanders happy his mittened meme may raise millions for charity

epa08951937 Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont arrives prior to the inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 20 January 2021. Biden won the 03 November 2020 election to become the 46th President of the United States of America. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
By Reuters
24 Jan 2021 1

Jan 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the famed curmudgeon photographed at President Joe Biden's inauguration wearing mittens and a scowl behind his facemask in an image that instantly became a meme, said on Sunday he was happy it may help raise millions for charity.

By Barbara Goldberg

Lifting spirits around the world since it went viral, the meme depicts everything from Sanders’ mittens touching Michelangelo’s Hand of God in the Sistine Chapel, to the Vermont Democrat helping actor Demi Moore mold clay at the pottery wheel from the film “Ghost,” to Sanders joining the World War Two Yalta Conference in 1945, seated next to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Asked by CNN on Sunday whether he was enjoying the meme as much as the rest of the world, the 79-year-old gave an uncharacteristic grin and said he was overjoyed that his handwoven mittens, blue facemask and trademark glower could be turned into gold for needy Americans.

“Not only are we having fun but what we are doing here in Vermont is we’re going to be selling around the country sweatshirts and T-shirts, and all of the money that’s going to be raised – which I expect will be a couple of million dollars – will be going to programs like ‘Meals on Wheels,’ that feed low-income senior citizens,” Sanders said.

“So, it turns out actually to be a good thing, and not only a fun thing,” he said.

Vermont teacher Jen Ellis said on Twitter that she gifted Sanders the mittens, which she knitted from repurposed wool sweaters, two years ago.

Featured since in everything from Japanese anime art to 1960s album cover copies, Sanders stood out among the designer garb at the ceremony for his mittens, a snowboarding jacket made by Vermont company Burton, and carrying a large manila envelope.

“I’m convinced Sen. Sanders would have dressed exactly the same to his own inauguration had he won,” said one Twitter user. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Daniel Wallis)


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  • It seems that Bernie has absorbed the message of teenage savant Greta Thunberg, not to give in to the lure of ostentation (even when you can ‘afford’ to) and the waste of resources. He was probably inclined that way long before she was born ! What a pity… so many of the other ‘stars’ of that occasion have not gotten the message yet and flaunted their ‘style’ and pomp with disregard of those lining up for food parcels ! Not unlike those white ‘politicians’ (including a supreme court judge) who think that ‘adopting’ a child/children of colour somehow confers non-racialism on them.

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