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A photo of Bernie Sanders at the inauguration is making its way into every videogame

A photo of Bernie Sanders at the inauguration is making its way into every videogame

(Source) (Image credit: Reddit user FaydingAway.)

Why is a photo of US senator Bernie Sanders bundled up on a folding chair so popular? Perhaps it’s his look of resignation at being out in the cold, or the sense that he stopped by the inauguration of President Joe Biden on his way to do something else—like picking up bread and milk, maybe. His preparedness for the chilly, but not frigid, Washington DC weather, especially his big mittens, conveys a relatable preference for comfort over formality, and it helps that his big coat previously appeared in the much-edited “I am once again asking you for” photo. 

The appeal of the image is perhaps greater than these parts, though. It evokes a sort of stoicism that seems to suit the moment. It says, “Here I am, sitting on a folding chair. Here are we all.” 


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