“It’s Only Bernie To Be Bernie” – How a photo of Sanders wearing mittens on inauguration day went viral

“It’s Only Bernie To Be Bernie” – How a photo of Sanders wearing mittens on inauguration day went viral
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One of the most enduring and endearing photos of Joe Biden’s inauguration doesn’t show the president at all. Rather, a picture of independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made waves on the internet and sparked thousands of memos on social media.

In the picture, Sanders is wearing oversized mittens and a practical brown coat, sitting socially distant on a folding chair with crossed legs and arms. It is this photo of the former Democratic presidential candidate transposed in time and place and transposed into historical moments, movie scenes, famous paintings and more.

Brendan Smialowski, a Washington-based photojournalist who covers politics for the news agency Agence France-Presse, shot the picture of Sanders.

“The picture is really not that great,” said Smialowski.

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