The “Sad Joe Biden” meme on social media has gone viral after the photo first surfaced online over the weekend. The photo that shows Vice President Biden looking sad as he stood at a window in the White House has people talking, and many are adding their own personal captions to the photo, according to NBC News.
The photo of Joe Biden was taken back on September 18 during a meeting with President Barack Obama and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The photo shows Biden taking a break from the meeting to look out the window.
Most of the captions used for the photo are fun and mean no harm. Some joke about Biden’s love for ice cream, and others include references for everything from Star Wars to Beyonce. The NFL was even poked at by one meme contributor.
Nobody upvoted my reddit post about that three-bladed lightsaber pic.twitter.com/5Qz7w1ZzeU
— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) December 8, 2014
Goodnight, Moon. pic.twitter.com/t1KKklwAx9
— M. Mehan (@MTMehanPublic) December 8, 2014
Why doesn’t the ice cream truck come by? pic.twitter.com/yu48Q1vVMj
— Feminists’ bêtenoire (@lamblock) December 7, 2014
However, at least one person used the meme on Twitter to make reference to the Eric Garner case that has been at the center of protests in New York City since the verdict in that case came down last week. The photo was taken more than two months before that verdict was even released, so Joe Biden’s somber gaze out the window is not related to this case in any way. Ron Fournier later apologized for using the sad Joe Biden meme to mention the Eric Garner case, according to Medialite. The journalist from the National Journal apologized for the action on his Twitter account on Monday.
What happened to #EricGarner was not funny. It was horrible. I was wrong to use his last words in a Joe Biden meme. I am sorry.
— Rn Forner (@ron_fournier) December 8, 2014
Who started this new Biden meme? According to UpRoxx, Michael Doran from the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution started the meme when he posted the photo to his Twitter account. He asked people to caption the photo, and that is when the meme kicked into high gear.
This is not the first time a photo of Biden has kicked off a meme, and it is not the first time the American public has poked a little good-natured fun at Biden’s expense. The Inquisitr reported back in October that Joe Biden was in the lead for a poll about the next installment of the Sharknado franchise. Part of the television film will take place in Washington D.C., and people were asked which Washington political figure they would like to see in the film. It is possible the person would become dinner for one of the sharks, but that is not yet known.
What do you think of the sad Joe Biden meme? How would you caption the photo?
[Photo: Official VP Twitter]