How The Internet Reacted to President Joe Biden’s Inauguration

After what felt like an eternity since the 2020 presidential election was called and another eon since the pro-MAGA coup at the Capitol, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was officially sworn in on Jan. 20, 2021 as the 46th president of the United States. Kamala D. Harris was also sworn in as the 49th vice president — more specifically the first female, Black, South Asian and HBCU-graduate vice president. But since COVID-19 is still very much a reality in the U.S., many Americans celebrated the historical and momentous occasion on the internet since digital is inherently CDC-approved (and celebrating in person might not have been wholly possible anyhow). While the ceremony mostly went as planned, leave it to folks on the internet to find humor in the minute and mundane.

As the adage goes: “the internet remains undefeated.” From Bernie Sanders’ mittens (and general “waiting at the post office” vibe) to Lady Gaga’s Hunger Games-esque brooch, here is a roundup of the funniest and most popular memes from the 2021 inauguration.

New Jersey Senator and former presidential candidate, Cory Booker with the wordplay (number-play?), saying “It was very cold out today. It was -45.”

 

Today’s Al Roker getting a fist bump from Biden, reenacting the gesture in 2013 during the inauguration of President Barack Obama’s second term.

 

 

Lady Gaga’s accessories and styling choices seemed to resemble iconography from popular film franchises.

 

Gaga living for the “Applause.”

 

Wishful-thinking improvisation during Jennifer Lopez’s performance of “This Land is Your Land.”

 

The internet’s true MVP, however, was a sitting, bundled-up Bernie Sanders and his mittens.

 

Many noted the casualness of Sanders’ outfit and his perceived demeanor.

 

 

Then came the inevitable Photoshopping!

 

Bernie having Lunch atop a Skyscraper.

 

Bernie in New York City.

 

Bernie vibing to some lo-fi hip hop while commuting on the MTA.

 

Bernie as the fly that landed on former vice president Mike Pence’s head during his October 2020 debate with current Vice President Harris.

 

Bernie stuck between an “entanglement.”

 

Bernie sitting with Marina Abramović.

 

Bernie sitting on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones.

 

Bernie sitting on the throne from the opening credits to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

 

Bernie sitting on the May Queen’s throne in Midsommar.

 

Bernie as an honorary member of The Golden Girls.

 

Bernie challenging you to change his mind about universal health care.

 

Bernie’s implied inner monologue.

 

Bernie’s implied inner monologue as Watchmen‘s Dr. Manhattan.

 

Bernie helping Molly (Demi Moore) with her pottery in Ghost.

 

While you’re not able to buy Sanders’ mittens, you can certainly try to “steal the look.”

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