Saving the World One Meme at a Time

By: Meredith Redfern

Since the recent election many things have been occurring throughout America. There have been protests, hate, anger, social media posts, loud opinions and more, but one thing may be giving the country some comic relief; meme’s of Joe Biden and Barrack Obama. These meme’s are quickly sweeping the Internet the past few weeks and bringing a smile to many people’s face.

These meme’s started a few months ago but are just now gaining traction and becoming evermore popular than before. In each of these memes, Biden is shown as the prankster and Obama as the voice of reason. These meme’s show the friendship that Obama and Biden have and how they could possibly spent some of their time together in the White House, with fake and made up conversations. Well at least we think they’re fake conversations. There are several articles showing the best meme’s that have been created over the past few weeks.

Here are some of the best ones that show up on several lists:

So who is the mastermind behind the first Biden and Obama meme? That would be 22-year-old preschool teacher, Josh Billinson. Two days after the election. Billinson, a Clinton supporter, tweeted a caption to a photo of Obama and Biden. Since he sent his original tweet, he has had over 3.3 million impressions on Twitter and it has been retweeted more than 35,000 times.

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Within days of the election, Billinson’s Twitter profile went from 300 followers to over 14,000 followers. His Twitter notifications had to be turned off due to the rapid amount of likes and retweets he was receiving.

Although he was not happy with the results of the election, with new pictures being released over the days, he was back at it again tweeting meme’s of Joe Biden. Billinson didn’t expect for this to catch on so quickly, but one man has provided comic relief in a time of confusion for so many.

 

References

Ryan Cormier, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal. “Meet the Man behind Biden-pranking-Trump Memes.” USA Today. Gannett, 17 Nov. 2016. Web. 19 Nov. 2016.

“31 Obama And Biden Memes That Are So Good They Should Get Four More Years.” Distractify. N.p., 16 Nov. 2016. Web. 19 Nov. 2016.

“Here Are 15 Of The Funniest Obama And Biden Memes Being Shared Right Now.” GOOD Magazine. N.p., 17 Nov. 2016. Web. 19 Nov. 2016.

Featured Photo: distractify.com

 

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