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Memes: Politics
Yes we can Pierce the Heavens!
That's right, even politics can be a great source of memes, though it's not that surprising considering the kind of stuff that escape the lips of certain politicians.

We've got binders full of memes for you below.


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    UK Politics 
  • Ed Balls.note 
  • Tony Blair, in a very real sense, promised to be tough on memes, and tough on the causes of memes.
  • Activate the Queen!
  • "Did you threaten to overrule him?"
  • "I agree with Nick." note 
    • Sorry!: "Mr Long Legged Cleggy Weggy!"
    • The Sun's headline for the announcement of the Conservative/Liberal coalition was "Nick Agrees with Dave" note 
  • Education, Education, Education.
    • It's an inexact quote from Vladimir Ulyanov, A.K.A Vladimir Lenin.
    • I've never voted Tory before, but...
  • In a very real sense, Tony Blair could become Prime Minister within 45 minutes, with the three priorities of education, education, and education, and being tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.
  • William Hague drinks 14 pints a day.
    • Nick Clegg's slept with no more than 30 women.
  • Crisis? What crisis?
    • Actually a Beam Me Up, Scotty! — Jim Callaghan didn't actually say it, it was just the headline.
      • James Traficant was quite fond of Beam Me Up, Scotty!
      • Jim Traficant's toupee is self-aware and plans on running in the next election.
  • British PM Gordon Brown saves the world.
  • We shall fight them on the memes...
  • As Harold Wilson often pointed out, "they" were out to get him. note 
  • Because that is the right thing to do.
  • I've never voted Tory before...
  • These memes are not fit for purpose.
  • Je ne regret rien. note 
  • The River Tiber blah blah blah foaming with blood blah blah blah....
  • Muslamic ray-guns. note 
  • John Major: "Back to Basics", "Bastards" (referring to some of his colleagues).
  • His predecessor Margaret Thatcher: "The lady's not for turning", "No! No! No!", "We are a grandmother" (apparently adopting the royal personal pronoun, there), "Ten more years!".
  • This page is the only thing David Owen hasn't left yet.
  • Nicholas Ridley made the expression NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) into his own meme while Secretary of State for the Environment.
  • The Reverend Ian Paisley and his, "I denounce you as the Anti Christ!" rant.
    • NO SURRENDER!!!
  • Bigoted woman. note 

    US Politics 
  • I LIKE IKE!
  • Memetic-mutate one for the Gipper.
  • Any number of "Bushisms" during the early days of Dubya's presidency.
    • And the earlier Quayleisms, to which many of the "Bushisms" look remarkably similar.
    • He is also "the decider", but Kanye West is mad at him because he "doesn't care about black people".
      • You have to give him some credit. Bush did not "forget Poland".
      • The best part of it was how unflappable Mike Myers was by the comments.
    • "Thank you. ...now watch this drive." *golf swing*
    • The, uh... Internets and The Google.
    • Defining Bush's Memetic Mutation in one word: "Strategery"
    • "Fool TV Tropes once: shame...shame on you. You fool TV Tropes you can't get fooled again."
    • Palinisms are also popular, you betcha.
    • "Is our children learning?"
    • I know how hard it is to put food on your family.
  • Joe Biden on Healthcare passage: "This is a big fucking deal!"
  • Sue Lowden made headlines by saying people should pay for healthcare by bartering with chickens.
  • "Release the Kagan!"- A meme referring to Supreme Court nomine Elena Kagan and taking inspiration from a meme from the Clash of the Titans remake.
  • Ross Perot is a walking, talking generator of memes.
  • Bob Dole. You know it, I know it, and the American people know it.
    • Bob Dole knows that Bob Dole is a meme machine.
    • Viagra is the shit. You know it, the American people know it, and most especially Bob Dole's pocketbook knows it.
  • "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
    • One cartoon during the 2008 campaign featured Sarah Palin being told, "Governor, you're no Dan Quayle."
  • Rudy Giuliani didn't 9/11 have to time to think about 9/11 memes when he was mayor 9/11. Cause that was 9/11 when 9/11 happened, you know?
    • It was even funnier when he went on Fox and said that no terrorist attacks had happened during the time George Bush was president, seemingly having forgotten about 9/11.
    • "[T]here's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb: a noun, a verb, and 9/11."—Joe Biden. Everyone else, too, but Biden first.
  • Good God, Nancy Pelosi, did someone put a bug zapper on your chair? Sit down and stop clapping!
  • "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! [insert name/issue here] has got to go." Heard at every rally every time everywhere.
  • 'Axis of Evil' - George W. Bush via David Frum.
  • Aretha Franklin's ludicrously impressive hat from Barack Obama's inauguration has taken on a bit of a life of its own.
  • Nobody messes with Joe. Joe Biden, Memetic Badass!
    • Good God, Joe Biden is a living Internet meme.
    • Rahm "Rahmbo" Emanuel (former Illinois congressman and now Obama's Chief of Staff candidate for Mayor-elect of Chicago) has a Chuck-Norris-like website dedicated to facts about him. And they're completely true, too!
  • This Fucking Election, for all your campaign memes.
  • From the crowd behind MSNBC's Democratic convention desk, "BRING BACK CRYSTAL PEPSI!"
    • The image with that and a sign right next to it saying "I SHAVED MY BALLS FOR THIS!?"
  • Pete Hoekstra's comparison between the Iranian student revolution and the Republican shutdown of the House quickly became Snark Bait on Twitter (e.g., "I took one Tylenol and had a nap. Now I know what is was like for Heath Ledger.").
  • Former senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) is known for denying being gay ("I am not gay; I never have been gay.") after trying to deny a guilty plea to soliciting sex (by tapping his foot) in a Minneapolis airport men's bathroom, where his hand and foot were close to the stall divider because he had a "wide stance".
  • Former representative Bill Jefferson (D-Louisiana-2nd) is probably best known for having a wad of cash found in his freezer.
  • South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (R) created a meme when he lied to his staff about going "hikin' on the ole Appalachian Trail" while he was actually in Argentina visiting his mistress.
  • The one word that dethroned George Allen: "macaca".Explanation 
  • "I am not a crook."
    • Technically, this is true. He wasn't a crook; he was just spying on people, making lists of enemies, and firing people if they didn't do exactly what he wanted them to do, regardless of the legality of the order. But he wasn't stealing from anybody.
  • Related to the above, the Watergate Scandal was so famous that it has led to virtually any subsequent politics-related scandal having the suffix "-gate" appended to it.
  • By the end of his term(s?) TV Tropes will need an entire Memetic Mutation page just for the lines that have sprung out of the anti-Obama protests.
    • Descent is the highest form of patriotic.
    • BIRTH CERTIFICATE WHERE OBAMA WHERE
      • "NOBAMA!" "Yes Bama did."
    • Birthers want to see Obama's penis! In a totally not gay way. ...Really, they should take him out to dinner first.
    • Joe Wilson: You lie!
      • Do we really not have "teabag" yet?
    • GET A BRAIN MORANS!
    • "Well, I think Obama was kinda a dick."
  • As a commentary on Fox News' general style of reporting, people will often work the phrase Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990 into longer paragraphs, never actually making the libelous claim that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990, but rather refuting, probing, or questioning the idea that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990, while still working the phrase Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990 into the paragraph as often as possible, using Bold Inflation to ensure the first phrase that catches the eye is "Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990."
    • Wait, I think I missed that. What did Glenn Beck do in 1990 again?
      • Somebody told me once Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl, although I'm not sure when. It probably was in 1990.
      • Oh, you mean the same way Laura Bush killed a guy?
    • It was actually taken from a roast of Bob Saget where Gilbert Gottfried kept calling out against the supposed rumors that 'Bob Sagat raped and killed a girl in 1990.
      • He didn't say Bob Saget raped and killed a girl in 1990. He said Bob Saget RRRRRRRAAAAPED AND KILLED A GIRL IN 1990.
    • In a similar example, before it was confirmed, Slate columnist Mickey Kaus said John Edwards obviously had to comment on the rumors he was having an affair; otherwise, it would be absolutely suspect. The liberal blogosphere responded by saying that Kaus needed to confirm the rumor that he blows goats; otherwise, it would be absolutely suspect.
    • Did Glenn Beck rape and kill a girl in 1990? America wants to know?note 
  • A well-publicized election for the seat of governor of Louisiana saw Edwin Edwards, a well-established figure with a growing reputation for being a fairly "standard" crooked politician, running against David Duke, a Neo-Nazi and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Before long, the election made nationwide attention, with such signs as "Vote for the crook -- it's important!" and "Vote for the lizard, not the wizard!"
    • Fool me once, shame on... shame on you... you fool me, I can't get fooled again.
  • George H.W. Bush: "Read my lips." (Even in the Animaniacs presidents song: "And President Bush said 'Read my lips'...")
  • 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is going to Washington, DC to take back The White House! Yeeeaaaah!!
  • All fist jabs must from now on be called terrorist fist bumps.
  • Ted Terbolizard in California. We don't know what he's running for and we're not sure about his platform, but isn't that an awesome name?
    • Unfortunately, an Idaho guy named Pro-Life (formerly known as Marvin Richardson, but who legally changed his name just to be on the ballot) didn't seem to get much traction.
  • Someone made a write-in vote for "Lizard People" in Minnesota in 2008. At least, that's what the judges ruled.
  • This land is your land...
  • RON PAUL REVOLUTION.
    • Google Ron Paul!
    • And his amazing hypno-blimp!
    • RON PAUL 2012! WHOOO!!
    • Why isn't anybody paying attention to Ron Paul?
    • "Should we let that person die?" [crowd screaming yes]
    • YOU COULD HAVE STOPPED IT!
    • IT'S HAPPENING!
  • Theodore Roosevelt would've come up earlier in the page but he was too busy beating a grizzly bear to death with his bare hands. Perhaps the source of every Chuck Norris meme out there
    Thomas Marshall: Death had to take him sleeping. For if Roosevelt had been awake, there would have been a fight.note 
    • And just to provide proof of his toughness... well, just look at the CMOA section of his TV Tropes page.
  • Now let me be clear. Hope. Change. More hope. Change we can believe in. Have I made myself clear?
  • Dennis Kucinich's UFO sightings went pretty memetic during the primaries.
    • Hell, everything about him was a cartoon character at some point. Typical of a Congressman from California. Oh wait, he's from Ohio?
  • Let's talk about how memes affect Joe the Plumber.
  • On yer bike!
    • Which was actually first coined by British hyperconservative Norman Tebbit, as a response to unemployment: "Get on yer bike and find work."
  • Ralph Nader receives 3% of popular vote
  • It's the economy, stupid.
  • For five-and-a-half years, John McCain couldn't enjoy memes because he was a POW in Vietnam. FIVE AND A HALF YEARS, ALAN.
  • John Kerry was for this meme before he was against it.
    • You may not be aware, but John Kerry served in Vietnam.
    • He also wishes to know who among us does not love NASCAR.
    • He forgot Poland!
      • HE BOTCHED IT!
      • MR. KERRY!
      • Believe it or not, there was an entire set of memorabilia being sold around the internet that had to do with Bush not forgetting Poland.
    • And he won three Purple Hearts!
  • "The internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes." Thank former senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) for this gem.
    • Did Ted Stevens ever come up with a meme? NO!! No he did not!
    • If only he had gotten that "an Internet" that his staff tried to send him...
    • Dagnabbit.
  • Al Gore invented the internet.
    • From a lockbox.
    • He also let us know that sometimes global warming means global cooling.
    • He didn't invent the internet, but he did invent global warming.
  • Sarah Palin Tina Fey can see Russia from her house.
    • Gosh-o-golly...
    • Sarah Palin hunts moose and wolves from her helicopter.
    • Levi Johnston: he is a f** kin' redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But he lives to play hockey. He likes to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some sh* t and just f** kin' chillin' I guess. Ya f* ck with him he'll kick ass.
    • You betcha!
    • What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick!
    • We're not the party of no. We're the party of Hell No! (although she was quoting Boehner)
    • Can we count on your support for the The Sarah Palin Hookworms Conjecture?
    • Refudiate... Shakespeare liked to coin new words too!
    • Look at the mama grizzly brown bear. She's showing her cubs that nobody's gonna do it for you, you have to go do it for yourself. And that's what we're trying to do with the American people.
      • Well, Todd built on the fence to keep the neighbors from looking in. We built the fence ourselves. I think that's what we should do with the border.
    • Don't retreat, reload!
  • Bill Clinton smoked, but he didn't inhale. He also did not have sexual relations with that woman ... Miss Lewinsky. (Replace the ellipsis with a comma, and it changes the statement to sound like he's addressing Monica. Hilarity Ensues.)
  • Ford to City: DROP DEAD
  • Mr Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my comments on this flawed politics meme.
  • "I wish the news media would do a deep investigation into the views of members of Congress and find out: Are they pro-America, or anti-America?"—Congresswoman Michele Bachman (R-MN)
  • Shelley DraculaCunt Sekula Gibbs
  • DEMON SHEEP.
    • Tom Campbell is a FCINO?
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy would like to say... Ich bin ein Berliner!
  • From the Tennessee Gubernatorial election, we get: "Hi, I'm Basil Marceaux Dot Com. VOTE FOR ME AND IF I WIN I WILL IMMUNE YOU FROM ALL STATE CRIMES FOR THE REST OF YOU LIFE! (Except violating a citizen rights this would be a special punishment)
  • ANTHONY WEINER WILL NOT YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN. THE GENTLEMAN WILL OBSERVE REGULAR ORDER.
    • THE GENTLEMAN WILL SIT. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT IN SITTING.
      • Now Anthony Weiner has become another meme...for all the wrong reasons.
      • Anthony Weiner? I think you mean CARLOS DANGER. note 
  • "I got this thing and it's fucking golden ..." - Rod Blagojevich
  • Christine O'Donnell:
  • "I represent the Rent Is Too Damm High Party... My main job is too provide a roof over your head, food on your table, and money in your pocket."
  • Thanks to Alvin Greene, we now know that Jim DeMint started the recession.
  • While being arrested in a sting for cocaine use and possession, DC Mayor Marion Barry uttered the classy line: "Bitch set me up!"
  • And the winner of the Alaska election is Lisa Mulkowsky Murbrowlsky Murkrowski Mullberrski Colbert Markowski Mellelski Murkowski.
  • Fuck it! We'll do it live!
    • Sun comes up, sun goes down. Never a miscommunication. You can't explain that.
      • Tide goes out, tide comes in. Never a miscommunication. You can't explain that.
      • Put even number of socks in dryer, pull out odd number. You can't explain that.
      • Put garbage on curb in morning, come home and find it gone. You can't explain that.
    • Oh yeah? Well, who put the sun there? Who put the moon there? You can't. You can't explain it.
  • Recently, a picture was taken of congressman David Wu, while he was dressed like this.
  • Jews for Buchanan! note 
  • The racist spam "The Long March" in general. Helps that it seemed to hit every inbox in America at once in 1995.
  • Nice to have a Long Dong Silver fan on the bench. note 
  • Not intended to be a factual statement. note 
  • Harry Truman: "That ain't how I heard it!"
  • ....military industrial complex....
  • Pay any price! Bear any burden! (You listening, Michael Malone?)
  • In your heart you know he's right... but in your guts you know he's nuts.
  • [expletive deleted]!
  • Gerald Ford: "The Soviet Union does ''not'' dominate Eastern Europe."
  • Jimmy Carter: "I have lusted in my heart..."
  • ....well....
  • Until George W. Bush came along, Dan Quayle was the standard-bearer for mis-speaking in public.
  • I hope you don't mind where I put this cigar, kiddo....
  • Jon Kyl's comment was not intended to be a factual statement.
  • "I'm in control." note 
  • To impress Jodie Foster...note 
  • What does Roy McDonald say about Gay Marriage in New York? "FUCK IT, I'M TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING."
    • Football makes you an expert on homosexuality, what with all those tight ends. note 
  • Anthony's weiner note 
  • Corporations are people! note 
  • "Job creator/death tax" is not a meme. note 
  • Yeeha! Explanation 
  • I just Googled Santorum...
    • A paper towel is not a napkin.
  • Today, Rick Perry shot a coyote to death on his morning jog.
  • Miserable failure. note 
  • Herman Cain says it's your own damn fault for being poor. note 
    • Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan is so simple, anybody can understand it.
      • We're dealing with apple and oranges. Just very apple-like oranges and very orange-like apples.
    • We'll build an electrical fence on the border. (Just kidding (Unless you're into that kind of thing, in which case, totally)).
    • Who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan? Herman Cain doesn't know either.
    • Imagine there's no pizza.
    • I believe it comes from the Poekeemon movie. note 
      • Jon Stewart's coverage has also added the phrase "Shellder Of Knowledge" to the world's vocabulary.
  • Privilege-Denying Dude. Popular on feminist and social justice blogs to satirize clueless white guys.
  • Much like the Tea Party movement, the shenanigans of, and responses to, the Occupy movement have spawned a lot of these.
    • "It's just food product, essentially." note 
    • I am a troper. I joined this website because I didn't know what it was. Every post I make is deleted or will get me edit-banned, even if I'm right. I am not among the tropers who are well-known. I am the 99%. note 
    • OCCUPY TV TROPES note 
    • The many Forced Memes of the movement's screeching cliches/platitudes.
  • Pizza is a vegetable. note 
  • Chris Matthews gets a thrill up his leg when listening to Obama's speeches.
  • Al Sharpton so eloquently said "Resist we much".
  • Harry Reid on Obama: He's a light-skinned black man with no black dialect.
  • Harry Truman: Dewey wins election! note 
    • "Give 'em hell Harry!" By Harry Truman supporters, before he won most of the media thought he'd lose, but Truman went campaigning all 50 states and was cheered on by that slogan.
  • George W. Bush did have some Badass dodging skills when he went up against that shoe. Perhaps he's a ninja?
  • Donald Rumsfeld and the difference between known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns.
  • Racist!
  • Barbara Boxer: "Don't call me ma'am!"
  • Hank Johnson: "It looks like Guam is about to tip over".
  • There have been a number of Unusual Euphemisms spawned from political sex scandals.
    • Foot-Tapping in the Men's Room.
      • Wide stance.
    • Lifting his luggage.
    • Hiking the Appalachian Trail (in Argentina!).
  • Rick Santorum's two racial fuck-ups. "I don't want to make black people's life better" (as well as his ridiculous excuse, that he just said "blah people"), and - talking about Obama - "anti-government nig-...uh..."
  • Mitt Romney's kind of like an Etch-a-Sketch. You can shake it up and he starts all over again. note 
  • Todd Akin's comments about rape have become VERY well-known.
  • Invisible Obama Explanation 
  • COAL FIRE OBAMA Explanaton 
  • Get Republicans Elected Every November Explanation 
  • White People Mourning Romney
  • Karl Rove's breakdown. Explanation 
  • YES WE CAN! Explanation 
  • If you like your Health care plan, you can keep your health care plan!
  • BENGHAZI Explanation 
  • Thanks, Obama! Explanation 
  • Oh, and one more thing, Jesus told me to make Randall Terry gay.
  • If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.
  • "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" Catch Phrase of the Red Scare investigators of the 1950s. To say the line properly, you should combine a humorless bureaucrat voice with a slightly aggressive redneck accent. Now often spoofed as a Mad Libs Catchphrase.

    Australian Politics 
  • Gough Whitlam (Australian Prime Minister, 1972-1975): "Well may we say God Save the Queen... because nothing will save the Governor General."
  • Malcolm Fraser (Australian Prime Minister, 1975-1983):
    • Not wearing pants, in reference to an incident in Memphis, 1986.
    • "Life wasn't meant to be easy."
  • Bob Hawke (Australian Prime Minister, 1983-1991):
    • "No Australian child will be living in poverty by the year 1990!"
    • "Any boss that sacks somebody for not turning up to work today is a bum!"
  • Paul Keating (Australian Prime Minister, 1991-1996): "This is the recession we had to have."
    • Keating is also remembered for his comment when Andrew Peacock became leader of the opposition for the second time: "A souffle doesn't rise twice."
    • [explaining to Opposition Leader John Hewson why he wouldn't call an early election] "I wanna do you slowly."
    • "This is the sweetest victory of all."
    • [on the senate] "Unrepresentative swill."
    • Keating! The Musical (oh yes) is basically a long list of these set to music, with a little bit of filler.
  • John Howard (Australian Prime Minister, 1996-2007): "There will never, ever be a GST."
    • Is that a core or non-core promise?
    • "We will decide who comes to this country, and the circumstances in which they come!"
  • Kevin Rudd (Australian Prime Minister, 2007-2010, 2013):
    • 'Fair shake of the sauce bottle mate.'
    • 'In due season.'
    • 'HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA' from Kevin Rudd, PM.
    • I think you're all forgetting about his 'detailed programmatic specificities'.
    • 'Working families'. Before he became PM, one could play a drinking game whenever he appeared on the news based around how often he uttered that phrase.
    • Kevin '07.
    • "...long-term prosperity without (pointing behind him with his thumb) throwing the fair go out the back door."
  • Julia Gillard (Australian Prime Minister, 2010-2013):
    • "Moving Forward", "Moving Australia Forward" and all associated slogans. To the point the Twitter hashtag is "#mofo"
    • The "REAL Julia Gillard" (generally parodied with queries as to who or what the "old Julia" was)
    • [on rolling Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister] "A good government had lost its way."note 
    • "I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man!"
    • "There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead."
  • Tony Abbott (Australian Prime Minister, 2013-present):
    • "Shit happens."
    • Tony Abbott's red speedos.
    • "I'm not the suppository of all wisdom..."
    • And now, one can play the same drinking game as mentioned before for K-Rudd with the phrase "Great big tax".
    • "Stop the boats."
  • Don Chipp, in support of the Australian Democratic Party during the 1980 election: "Keep the bastards honest!"
  • Pauline Hanson: "Please explain."
  • Alexander Downer's fishnets.
  • Peter Costello's smirking.
  • Julie Bishop's Death Glare.

    European Politics 
  • Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former French Prime Minister: "Win the yes needs the no to win against the no."
  • King Juan Carlos I of Spain saying to Hugo Chávez, "¿Por qué no te callas?" (Why don't you [just] shut up).
  • Nicolas Sarkozy was there.
    • To elaborate: Sarkozy once posted a photo of him taking a hammer to the Berlin Wall on Facebook claiming he was there on the day the wall fell. However, some French journalists noticed there was no way he could have been there on that day and eventually found out that the photo was taken a full week later. Then some internauts started posting more photos of Sarkozy's "illustrious past"...
  • After Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi (already in his seventies) attended a 18 years old model's birthday party, some suspicious photos from the party itself leaked on the Web where some of the guests look Photoshop-inserted in them. A blog called "Brinda con Papi" (cheers with Daddy, after the nickname the model used with Berlusconi) had quite some fun inserting other special guests.
    • Let's not forget the other party Berlusconi had (on Sardinia). You know, the one with the rather protuberant Czech Prime Minister. (He lost his job for that). Stephen Colbert explains and applauds.
    • We then found out about his orgies, or whatever the hell else a "bunga bunga party" may be.
  • A recent and great Example: in the 2011 local elections in Italy, there were two main contenders for the role of mayor in Milan (the second most important city in the country): incumbent centre-right mayor Letizia Moratti (heavily sponsored by Berlusconi) and centre-left candidate Giuliano Pisapia. In a public TV confrontation, Moratti accused Pisapia of being a car thief, a communist and on friendly terms with left-wing extremists, hoping to scare people into not voting for him. This backfired SPECTACULARLY by giving birth to the "Pisapia facts" Internet meme: people on Twitter, Facebook and various websites started churning out incredibly exaggerated accusations against Pisapia, with the implicit assumption that they could have been told by Moratti. At the end of the campaign, people were laughing so much that nobody was able to consider Moratti seriously anymore, so she lost the elections against Pisapia.
    • And then someone asked Moratti on her Twitter page about what her administration was going to do against an illicit mosque in the "Sucate" neighborhood; someone on her staff answered that they were going to keep on eye on it... but there is no place called "Sucate" in Milan. This was such an epic fail for the incumbent mayor that "Sucate" became another instant meme.
      • Made more hilarious by the fact that Sucate means "Suck it" in many northern Italian dialects... including the one spoken in Milan itself.
  • Former Czech prime minister Jiří Paroubek, a singularly unattractive, froglike man, ditched his first wife for a beautiful young woman. In one of her first interviews with the press, she answered the obvious question "How is it possible that such an attractive young woman is interested in a man who isn't exactly a symbol of masculine beauty?" by saying that the main thing she finds sexy about a man is his brain. Thenceforth Paroubek became "Sexy Brain".
  • Irish PM Bertie Ahern's (in)famous misstatements: "smokes and daggers", "upset the apple tart".
  • Brian Lenihan (the older) would like to state, on mature recollection, that he has never used memes.
  • Pope Benedict XVI is Palpatine. Look at him!
  • "There is not much choice. Because we fucked it up. Not a little, but a lot." - a famous sentence from former Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany's Cluster F-Bomb of an Engineered Public Confession, often set to the tune of his electoral campaign's theme song.
    • Also, anything, and I mean ANYTHING said by his predecessor Peter Medgyessi - who's memetic status is often compared to that of a certain US president.
  • In German politics, Joschka Fischer, then a junior MP,note  infamously told the vice president of the Bundestag "Mit Verlaub, Herr Präsident, Sie sind ein Arschloch" (Translation: With respect, Mr. President, you are an asshole).
  • Related to Ian Paisley's "I denounce you as the Antichrist!" rant is the equally memetic reply by very-Catholic German MEP Otto von Habsburg: a punch to the face.
  • Charles the Bewitched, king of Spain during the XVI Ith century, as a result of an extremely inbred family tree was short, ugly, physically and mentally disabled, and sterile. He's become a fountain of memes, from the "Charles II: why cousins shouldn't get married" to rather nonsensical things like his face photoshopped everywhere.
  • Putinisms, that is, snappy or sometimes stupid phrases said by the Russian president.
    • Мочить в сортире (Snuff 'em in an outhouse!), said about Chechen terrorists.
    • Она утонула (She sunk), a very callous Mathematician's Answer to the question "What happened to RFS Kursk?"
  • Natalia Poklonskaya, an appointed prosecutor in the established Republic of Crimea, became an internet sensation in Japan. While's she well-known among the local Russian Crimeans, the very fact that she's very attractive in Japan have spawn numerous anime-like drawings of her in the Japanese internet (right down to Moe Anthropomorphism). It also doesn't help to note that Natalia easily fits into the stereotype of a westerner in the Japanese eyes.

    Asian Politics 
  • Former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos won the elections partly thanks to his memetic speech, "This Nation Can Be Great Again."
    • Another former president: the sheer popularity of "Erap jokes" forever cemented Joseph Estrada as a memetic moron in the Filipino consciousness.
      • It has to be noted that most, if not all the so called "Erap jokes" were created by himself!
    • And a possible future President: SENATOR MANNY PACQUIAO WILL BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF CORRUPTION.
    • There's also the "Hello Garci" and "I am sorry" by former Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is accused for cheating in the 2004 elections. But the "I'm sorry" is for admitting that that's her voice on the recording not the cheating.
      • Then you got, Susan Roces, the widow of Fernardo Poe Jr. who was one of the presidential candidates, yelling, "She stole the presidency NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE!"
    • Anything that comes out from Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago's mouth which earn her a memetic status for being the Only Sane Woman in the senate.
    • Incumbent President Benigno Aquino III isn't safe from this. His detractors would call his incompetence as "noynoying".
  • NORTH KOREA IS BEST KOREA.
  • "The Japanese Agriculture Ministry is not responsible for Gundam." - From a statement issued when the Japanese Agriculture Ministry caught two of its employees editing That Other Wiki's Gundam page on government time.
  • An indirect version with the Red Army Orchestra, which some believe to be a regular orchestra and singers wearing Red Army uniforms rather than actual Chinese Communist soldiers. Their performance of "Magnificent Soldiers Crossing The Red River Four Times" (something like that) has had its video extracted and synced with one song after another, including Michael Jackson's "Beat It".

    Other Politics 
  • Muammar Gaddafi's insistent "My people love me!" despite all evidence to the contrary has acquired this status.
    • The Gainax Ending aspect of his propaganda has achieved memetic status in general.
      • His accusation that the revolution was brought about by foreign powers distributing "hallucinogenic pills" (probably meaning LSD) became memetic in the Arab world.
    • And let's not forget the government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim, the Spiritual Successor to Iraq's "Comical Ali".
    • Zenga zenga!
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hussein Sharif from Egypt has attained memetic status. He is better known as "the guy behind Omar Suleiman".
  • Egypt has several memes about its old presidents. The most famous, however, is that Hosni Mubarak is an idiot/donkey (same thing in Egyptian Arabic) obsessed with ruling Egypt forever. One joke from the '90s goes:
    So Mubarak hears that the Scots have just cloned a sheep. He immediately asks his doctors to clone him—that way, he reasons, he can rule forever! But when the job is done, the clone looks nothing like him—it's a donkey. Enraged, he fires his doctors and gets the best biologists in Egypt to try again. The second time around—another donkey. He then decides to go to the source, and hires the original Scottish team to do the job. To his delight, they produce a perfect clone of him. "How did you do it?" he asks. "Actually, we're kind of confused," the Scottish biologist replied. "This isn't your clone. We got this guy by trying to clone a donkey."
    • Another old joke (this one dating from the early 2000s, long before he appointed Omar Suleiman during the Eighteen Days):
      Abdel Nasser appointed Sadat vice-president because Sadat was stupider than him. Sadat appointed Mubarak vice-president because Mubarak was stupider than him. Mubarak never appointed a vice-president, because he couldn't find anyone in the country stupider than him.
  • Some Egyptian memes from the time around the revolution:
    • "Israeli sharks": In late 2010, there were some shark attacks in the Red Sea. The Mubarak government blamed this on Israel, with Israel trying to undermine Egyptian tourism. Most Egyptians realized this was crazy and an example of how low the government had fallen.
    • "Australians distributing KFC": During the early days of the 18-day revolution the regime tried desperately to spread rumors that the protest movement was the doing of outside forces. At various times they claimed that they had caught an Australian spy (yes) directing things (the claim was ludicrous), and at another point they said that foreign agents were compensating protestors with KFC (which is a fairly expensive luxury in Egypt). Naturally, the two ridiculous concepts blended.
      • In this Egyptian cartoon (it's in Arabic), labeled "Long live the Libyan Revolution", the guy talking translates as "He says hallucinogenic pills... What, do they not have KFC in Libya?"note 
  • Ask any Chilean person if "El Mercurio miente". Go on, I'll wait for you trying to decode the possible replies.
    • The phrase is translated as "El Mercurio lies", alluding to a right-wing newspaper targeted for upper class people, which has been questioned for its obvious and rabid right-wing slant ever since The Sixties, when right-wing university students wrote the phrase on a HUGE flag during a student strike after the newspaper downright lied about their motives.
    • Ricardo Lagos's index finger has been a source of jokes for at least 20 years, after he used it during an interview to address Augusto Pinochet.
    • Sebastian Piñera's malapropisms are certainly memetic, too.
      • Being the leading authority of a country full of deadpan snarkers has made Piñera a walking, living, breathing Fountain of Memes. i.e, his supposed fame as The Jinx has brought the phrase "PIÑERA ES YETA!" (Piñera is the jinx")!
      • His malapropisms and ditz spells are now named "Piñericosas" (roughly translated as "Piñera-related stuff".)
    • "[insert a name/thing/etc.] es REGULEQUE!" note 
    • President Michelle Bachelet ran a rather low-profile campaign for reelection in 2013, giving few press interviews and speeches. This was perceived by some as her trying to dodge many criticisms for stuff that happened during her first administration. Her detractors did not take kindly to her answering a question with "paso" (literally, "pass").
  • "Just make sure it won't get into terrorist hands!" has begun to be used sarcastically in every possible context on some Hungarian forums. Seeing that they are really hostile towards US politics concerning other countries, I'd say that count.
  • Saddam Hussein was the "Mother of all" Memes.
  • Canadian politics is full of this stuff; TOW has a more comprehensive list. In particular:
  • South African politics has ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and his outburst at a BBC journalist during a press conference at ANC headquarters. That outbreak resulted in this house track. Of course, "Bloody Agent" wasn't the first meme he generated, but after this he was disciplined by his party for the first time (much to the relief of reasonable South Africans).
  • A presentation by Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa in support of the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill resulted in EAT DA POO POO becoming an internet meme within seconds.
  • Dr. Vegetable. note 
  • "Jews did 9/11." note 
  • Pippa Middleton's ass is trending on Twitter. The current theory is that the US waited a week to take out Osama Bin Laden because said ass was not available for combat until the Wills and Kate wedding was over.
  • Arguably all of World War II has become a Memetic Mutation.
  • Jews expelled Bolivar? note 
  • Antisemite! note 
  • These days, whenever uprisings against a Middle Eastern regime begin, you can bet the government will start claiming their side of the story hasn't been heard and blaming the whole thing on terrorists and 'armed gangs'.
  • Bibi bombing / Bibi Gump- in a certain photo of the return of Israeli solider Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity, he is seen hugging his father, with Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli PM, standing in the background seemingly unrelated. This led to a meme of photoshopping Netanyahu into various historical or famous images, a-la Forrest Gump. The amazing thing is, it took one day for this meme to show up!
  • Librería Peña Nieto note 
    • Peña Nieto is the Justin Bieber of Mexican Politics. note 
  • Besides that infamous Royal Shut Up, controversial late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was a living and breathing meme magnet:
    • "...el soberano mesmo..."note 
    • The vertical henhouses note 
    • "Aló Presidente"/Las cadenas note 
    • Rojo Rojito note 
    • Mission Patriotic Troping note 
    • Esteban de Jesús note 
    • "¡Déjenlo trabajar!" note 
    • ¡Mi Comandante! note 
      • Mico Mandante note 
    • Chacumbele note 
    • The long string of epithets given to oppositors: Escualidos, Apátridas, Majunches, etc. Said in Large Ham mode for maximum effect.
  • From Jamaica's political arena: "I can't recall." note 
  • Social Justice Sally. note 
  • Again from Venezuela, a recent one: "Pero tenemos Patria" note 


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