Memes / Politics

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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.

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    UK Politics 
  • Ed Balls.Explanation 
  • 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." Explanation 
    • Sorry!: "Mr Long Legged Cleggy Weggy!"
    • The Sun's headline for the announcement of the Conservative/Liberal Coalition was "Nick Agrees with Dave" Explanation 
  • Education, Education, Education.
  • 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.
  • 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. Explanation 
  • The River Tiber blah blah blah foaming with blood blah blah blah....
  • Muslamic ray-guns. Explanation 
  • 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!!!
  • Gordon Brown: "Bigoted woman."Explanation 
  • Alex Salmond and his "Solero girl".Explanation 
  • 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.
  • This meme is a trigger for IndyRef2.Explanation 
  • David Cameron and the Bae of Pigs Affair.Explanation 
    • Charlie Brooker's a psychic! Explanation 
  • Camp Stupid.Explanation 
  • Dandygate. Explanation 
  • Civic and joyous. Explanation 
  • Brexit. Explanation 
    • The term, while itself a snowclone of Grexit has inspired a variety of snowclone names for theoretical other countries' and states' departures from their respective unions, such as Frexit (France) and Calexit (California), the latter of which has been gaining ground since the election of Donald Trump later within the same year.
    • "Brexit means Brexit." Explanation 
    • The fantastically efficient way the Brexit negotiations are going are a frequent target of mockery.
      • Theresa Maybe Explanation 
    • Hard Brexit? Soft Brexit? Grey Brexit? White Brexit? "Red, White, and Blue Brexit" Explanation 
      • We're not that patriotic Explanation 
    • Legs-it Explanation 
  • Project Fear. Explanation 
  • Enemies of the people. Explanation 
  • Openly Gay Ex-Olympic Fencer. Explanation 
  • "He's lying to you" Explanation 
  • "You're joking! Not another one?!" Explanation 
  • June Is The End Of May Explanation 
  • The Magic Money Tree Explanation 
  • Lord Buckethead Explanation 

    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!"
    • Hawke sculls an entire glass of beer.
  • 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."
    • "Now there's a salmon that actually jumps on the hook for ya!" [After baiting opposition leader Alexander Downer]
    • "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."
    • "This is a political shitstorm." Explanation 
  • 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."Explanation 
    • After she was forced out in the Labor Party leadership spill and was replaced by Kevin Rudd (again), there were claims of a "Rudd Wedding" in social media. It didn't hurt that Gillard was known to be a GoT fan.
  • Tony Abbott (Australian Prime Minister, 2013-2015):
    • "Shit happens." Explanation 
    • Tony Abbott's red speedos.
    • "I'm not the suppository of all wisdom..."
    • All hail the Lizard King!
    • And now, one can play the same drinking game as mentioned before for K-Rudd with the phrase "Great big tax".
    • "Stop the boats." Explanation 
    • Knights and dames.
    • "#MorePopularThanAbbott", after his drop in the polls following the ill-received 2014 budget.
    • Malcolm Turnbull practically invented the Internet in Australia.
    • His threat to "shirtfront" Vladimir Putin.
    • "Efficiency dividend" Explanation 
    • "Good government starts today." Explanation 
    • Eating a raw onion. #putoutyouronions Explanation 
    • Prime Sinister. Explanation 
  • Malcolm Turnbull (Australian Prime Minister, 2015-)
  • Don Chipp, in support of the Australian Democrats Party during the 1980 election: "Keep the bastards honest!"
    • The statement was revived while the Democrats were imploding in the mid 00's with the caveat that they had become the bastards themselves.
  • Pauline Hanson: "Please explain."
    • Sitting in parliament covered in a burka in order to make a bizarre protest.
    • Also: "I don't like it." (...when you turn my words about...)
    • "Fellow Australians, if you are seeing me now, it means I have been murdered." Explanation 
  • Alexander Downer's fishnets.
  • Peter Costello's smirking.
    • "You should have one for the father, one for the mother and one for the country."
      • One example of the previously mentioned Bob Hawke sculling a beer at a cricket game in the 2010's was prefaced by his being handed the beer along with a shout of "One for the country Robert!"
  • Julie Bishop's Death Glare.
  • Senator John Madigan: "Submarines are the spaceships of the ocean."
  • The War On Terrier Explanation 
  • Bronwyn Bishop and helicopters. Explanation 
  • Bill Shorten: Zinger! Explanation 
  • The instability of the position of Prime Minister in itself, pointing out the High Turnover Rate of the top job; it has earned comparisons to the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher's position in Harry Potter. The Examiner, a Tasmanian-based newspaper, made reference to the unpopular budget as Game of Groans and they were far from the first to make comparisons of Canberra to Westeros, Abbott to Joffrey, Palmer to Daenerys (!); and the leadership spills are even jokingly referred to as "the national sport" of Australia.
  • This picture of Peter Dutton. Explanation 
  • Christopher Pyne: "I'm a fixer. I fixed it." Explanation 
  • Bob Katter and crocodiles. Explanation 

    Canadian Politics 
Canadian politics is full of this stuff; TOW has a more comprehensive list. In particular:
  • Stephen Harper eats babies.
  • Dalton McGuinty is an evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet Explanation 
  • Anything related to Jean Chretien's way of speaking
  • Former Alberta Health Services President Stephen Duckett just wants to eat his cookie.
  • Pierre Trudeau's (arguable) Crowning Moment of Funny, Fuddle Duddle.
    • Also "Just watch me," pirouetting behind the Queen on national TV, sliding down the bannisters at Buckingham Palace, and Flipping the Bird to a bunch of Western Canadians lobbing francophobic insults at him. And much else.
  • "You had an option, sir."Explanation 
  • New Brunswick Liberal legislator T.J. Burke said opposition leader David Alward got caught with "his pants down". He then sang, "Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin' like a fool with yo' pants on the ground!"
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is happily married and has more than enough to eat at home.Explanation 
    • "Toronto's crack-smoking mayor."explanation 
  • The 2015 election campaign was almost 3 months long, so it gave rise to plenty:
    • "You lying pieces of shit" Explanation 
    • Peegate Explanation 
    • Old-stock Canadians Explanation 
    • "Nice hair, though" Explanation 
    • Angry Tom and Mulcair-bear Explanation 
    • "Let me be clear" Explanation 
    • Elizabeth May's sassy peace sign Explanation 
    • The debate translators: Hugh Jacklator and Glinda the Good Witch Explanation 
    • "I endorse X, but not Y" Explanation 
    • He's just not ready. Explanation 
    • Mon amour. Explanation 
  • "Because it's 2015."Explanation 
  • #TrudeauEulogies Explanation 
  • Trudeau/Macron Explanation 

    European Politics 
  • Italian Politics:
    • Speak like Riolacci.Explanation 
    • Silvio Berlusconi
      • "Brinda con Papi" parties.Explanation 
      • There's also 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.
    • Letizia Moratti
      • Pisapia facts.Explanation 
      • Sucate.Explanation 
  • German Politics:
  • Russian Politics:
    • Vladimir Putin
      • 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?"
      • Ladies and gentlemen, I am GAY! GAY! GAY!
    • 146% and Churov the Wizard.Explanation 
    • Russian people's additional chromosome.Explanation 
    • Gosduma producing laws that are absurd and nonsencical prohibitions is a constant subject of jokes. Yelena Mizulina, deputy of Gosduma is an author of many such laws is butt of many jokes as well as fanatically homophobic Vitaly Milonoov.
    • Natalia Poklonskaya.Explanation 
  • Spanish Politics:
    • Charles the Bewitched, king of Spain during the 17th 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.
    • King Juan Carlos I of Spain saying to Hugo Chávez, "¿Por qué no te callas?" ("Why don't you [just] shut up?").
    • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is legendarily hilarious despite being massively dull as a politician, thanks to his ability to mess up virtually every sentence he utters. Some lines have become legendary, such as "Los españoles son muy españoles y mucho españoles" (Spaniards are very Spanish and much Spanish) or "Somos sentimientos y tenemos seres humanos" (We are feelings and we have human beings). There is even a parody campaign ad with his greatest hits.
      • Taking lessons from her boss, the Secretary-General in Rajoy's party, María Dolores de Cospedal, talked about a "finiquito en diferido" (delayed redundacy payment) in an attempt to explain why they had been keeping their former treasurer in the party's payroll for several months after he had been indicted on half a dozen corruption charges. Her rambling press conference that day will follow her to the grave.
  • French Politics:
    • Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former French Prime Minister: "Win the yes needs the no to win against the no."
    • Nicolas Sarkozy was there.Explanation 
  • Czech Politics:
    • Czech Prime Minister "Sexy Brain"Explanation 
    • Former Czech President Václav Klaus stealing a pen.
  • Irish Politics:
    • 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.
  • Vatican Politics: Pope Benedict XVI is Palpatine. Look at him!
  • Hungarian Politics:
    • "There is not much choice. Because we fucked it up. Not a little, but a lot."Explanation 
    • "Just make sure it won't get into terrorist hands!" Explanation 
  • Slovakian Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar used self-abduction (and self-beating, self-explosion) as an explanation for beating and abduction of then Slovak President Michal Kováč's son, done by Mečiar's people in the secret service, and subsequent explosion of key witness' car. Whole deed was concluded by successful parliamentary vote for preventative self-amnesty for any and all related crimes.
  • Serbian Politics:
    • That vehicle with that hand Explanation 
    • Pakleni vozači or "Pulp Drivers." This particular picture of two Serbian Politicians, Dragan Marković and Ivica Dačić, spawned numerous photoshopped images in series/films with bike scenes.
    • "Serbia Strong"Explanation 
  • Finnish Politics: "Päivi Räsänen vastustaa" Translation and Explanation 

    Philippine Politics 
  • Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1986):
    • Marcos won the elections partly thanks to his memetic speech, "This Nation Can Be Great Again."
    • MARCOS PA RIN MGA ULOL! Translation 
    • PAYAG BA KAYONG ILIBING SI (X) SA LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI? Explanation 
    • HUKAYIN Explanation 
    • Make busina for hustisya Explanation 
    • Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, bisikleta ang kailangan. Translation and Explanation 
  • The sheer popularity of "Erap jokes" forever cemented Joseph Estrada (1998-2001) 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!
  • Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010):
    • "Hello Garci" and "I am sorry", in regards of her being accused for cheating in the 2004 elections. (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 Fernando Poe Jr., who was one of the presidential candidates, yelling, "She stole the presidency NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE!" Explanation 
    • Mr. Noted. Explanation 
    • Arroyo also started the trend of politicians facing graft and corruption charges to suddenly contract severe health problems, often represented with a wheelchair and/or a neck brace (which she promptly took off after being acquitted by the Supreme Court).
  • Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III (2010-2016):
    • In regards of his nickname, his detractors would call his incompetence as "noynoying".
    • Kasalanan na naman ni PNoy? Explanation 
    • Former transportation secretary Joseph Abaya would like to tell you that Manila's traffic is not fatal.
    • Then you have Aquino jokingly promising that he and Abaya would get run over by a train if the extension of a light rail line was not completed by the end of 2015.
    • Binay's resignation letter. Explanation 
  • Rodrigo Duterte (2016-):
    • "My gad, I heyt drags!" ("My God, I hate drugs!") Explanation 
    • Change is Coming (one of Duterte's campaign slogans) and Change Scamming (a play used by detractors on Duterte's failures).
    • OBOSEN Translation and Explanation 
    • STAHP IT! ("Stop it!") Explanation 
    • Fuck you.Explanation 
    • McDo Hotel and Sali McDoom. Explanation 
    • Critics will remind you that Duterte had promised to plant the Philippine flag at Scarborough Shoal using a jetski.
    • Like the late Santiago, anything that escapes Senator Leila de Lima's mouth has never escaped public consciousness, but for different reasons. Explanation 
    • Wiguirre. Explanation 
    • #Lumeleni challenge. Explanation 
    • Of course there's the police chief Ronald "Bato" note  dela Rosa's uncanny resemblance to Dwayne Johnson and his showbiz-like antics.
    • DILAWAN! Translation and Explanation 
    • BIAS MEDIA! Explanation 
    • What a great day!! Explanation 
    • FENTANYL! Translation and Explanation 
    • Sex blogger-turned columnist, (former) censors board member, and presidential communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson:
      • Mocha Uson is not a journalist.
      • "Anong masasabi niyo mga ka-DDS?" Translation and explanation 
      • BOBO KA! Translation and Explanation 
      • Symbolism Explanation 
  • And the rest...
    • Sottocopier Explanation 
    • Anything that comes out from the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago's mouth which earn her a memetic status for being the Only Sane Woman in the senate.
    • And a possible future President: SENATOR MANNY PACQUIAO WILL BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF CORRUPTION.
    • Ipasok si Dick! Explanation 
    • PILLS! Explanation 
    • Mar Roxas knows where to buy drugs and he will accompany you there.
    • China claims X as part of its territory. Explanation 
    • Nakaligo ka na ba sa dagat ng basura? Translation and Explanation 
    • Nognog.Translation and Explanation 
    • Patay na si X, buhay pa rin si Enrile.Explanation 
    • #RP612fic Explanation 

     Other Asian Countries' Politics 

    Middle East Politics 
  • Libyan Politics under Muammar Gaddafi:
    • 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.
    • Also the government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim, the Spiritual Successor to Iraq's "Comical Ali".
    • Zenga zenga!
  • Egyptian Politics:
    • 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 Mubarak appointed Omar Suleiman during the Eighteen Days):
      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 
  • Iraqi Politics:
  • Israeli Politics:
  • In Pakistani politics: Jews did 9/11.Explanation 

     Latin American Politics 
  • Chilean Politics:
    • El Mercurio miente.Explanation 
    • 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, to the point the media gave him the Fan Nickname of "Captain Planet"
    • There's a common in-joke among libertarian and far-right circles about giving "free helicopter rides" to communists, referencing Augusto Pinochet's infamous practice of throwing people out of helicopters.
    • 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!" Explanation 
    • 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").
  • Mexican Politics:
    • Peña Nieto is the Justin Bieber of Mexican Politics.Explanation 
    • Librería Peña NietoExplanation 
    • Vicente Fox isn't paying for that fucking wall.Explanation 
  • Besides that infamous Royal Shut Up, Venezuela under its controversial late leader Hugo Chávez was a Fountain of Memes, as Chávez was a living and breathing meme magnet:
    • Jews expelled Bolivar? Explanation 
    • "...el soberano mesmo..."Explanation 
    • Vertical henhousesExplanation 
    • "Aló Presidente"/Las cadenasExplanation 
    • Rojo RojitoExplanation 
    • Mission Patriotic TropingExplanation 
    • Esteban de JesúsExplanation 
    • "¡Déjenlo trabajar!"Explanation 
    • ¡Mi Comandante!Explanation 
      • Mico MandanteExplanation 
      • El GalácticoExplanation 
    • ChacumbeleExplanation 
    • Pero tenemos PatriaExplanation 
    • The long string of epithets given to oppositors: Escualidos, Apátridas, Majunches, etc. Said in Large Ham mode for maximum effect.

     Other Countries' Politics 
  • South African Politics:
  • In Ugandan politics, 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.
  • From Jamaica's political arena: "I can't recall." note 

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