Word to the wise: If you’re a politician, it’s not a good idea to pose anywhere near a sign, because meme. The Internet is unrelenting. Just ask the latest victim of unwitting meme-ification, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).
Ryan is having a moment, after an image of him explaining the GOP’s health-care plan via PowerPoint (read, a blank screen) went viral.
Here he is, as it actually happened, explaining why the Trump administration wants to nix Obamacare. Innocent enough, right? Just wait.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) March 9, 2017
Here’s Ryan explaining the NBA finals.
I can't believe Paul Ryan's PowerPoint presentation on the Republican's new health care plan. Stunned. pic.twitter.com/o8wgRpy3Eu
— Alec White (@alec_wh1te) March 9, 2017
Some took the opportunity to get political.
— Stop the Speaker (@StopTheSpeaker) March 9, 2017
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) jumped in.
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) March 9, 2017
Some enjoyed just flat-out making fun of Ryan.
Paul Ryan just gave a PowerPoint Presentation… pic.twitter.com/iOqvtglEhe
— President Goodtime (@SethGoodtime) March 9, 2017
While others just … wanted to photoshop lipstick onto a pig?
But who doesn’t love a little Dr. McDreamy.
I am LOVING Paul Ryan's healthcare presentation right now pic.twitter.com/JNfl36QwEE
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 9, 2017
You people have too much time on your hands.
Ryan isn’t the first political type to get trolled with Photoshop. It happened to former first lady Michelle Obama in 2014 when she joined the online campaign to free enslaved girls who were captured by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Obama shared a sullen-faced image of herself holding a white sign that read “bring back our girls.” Meme generators were created, and it wasn’t long before the photoshopping began.
— First Lady- Archived (@FLOTUS44) May 7, 2014
— HDG (@hdgremix) May 10, 2014
The meme was revived in 2016 after Melania Trump delivered an RNC speech that was humorously similar to Michelle’s DNC speech in 2008.
— andarin (@uandarin) July 19, 2016
You’ve been warned.