Bernie and his mittens raise funds for charity | Inquirer News
Close  

Bernie and his mittens raise funds for charity

/ 05:04 AM January 26, 2021

COOL AMID THE COLD This snapshot of US Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) sitting nonchalantly in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20 has spawned memes that had people in stitches. —AFP

American Sen. Bernie Sanders, the famed curmudgeon photographed at US President Joe Biden’s inauguration wearing mittens and a scowl behind his mask in an image that instantly became a meme, said on Sunday he was happy it might help raise millions for charity.

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 II Yalta Conference in 1945, seated next to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin Roosevelt, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 mask, and trademark glower could be turned into gold for needy Americans.

‘A good thing’

“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.

FEATURED STORIES

“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 she gifted Sanders the mittens, which she knitted from repurposed wool sweaters, two years ago.

Featured since in everything from Japanese animé 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 Senator Sanders would have dressed exactly the same to his own inauguration had he won,” said one Twitter user. —REUTERS

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Bernie Sanders, Charity, mittens
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.