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Politics are a great source of memes (which is not that surprising considering the kind of stuff that escape the lips of certain politicians), but there's something about American politics that makes memes about it require its own page.

We've got binders full of memes for you below. When adding an example, please write the meme, then add the explanation of the meme inside a labelnote titled "Explanation." Explanation  Explanations are not optional, on this page or any other.


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    In General 
  • Democracy Explanation 
  • How quickly Presidents age.Explanation 
  • #SlatePitch. Explanation 
  • Privilege-Denying Dude. Explanation 
  • Social Justice Sally. Explanation 
  • (((Memes)))Explanation 
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     Pre–2000 

Pre–1950

1950–1959

  • Harry Truman:
    • Dewey Defeats Truman! Explanation 
    • "Give 'em hell Harry!" Explanation 
    • "That ain't the way how I heard it!" Explanation 
    • The buck stops here! Explanation 
  • "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" Explanation 
    • “Have you at long last no sense of decency?” Explanation 
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower:
    • I LIKE IKE! Explanation 
    • ...military industrial complex... Explanation 

1960–1969

  • John F. Kennedy:
    • John Fitzgerald Kennedy would like to say... Ich bin ein Berliner! Explanation 
    • Pay any price! Bear any burden! Explanation  (You listening, Michael Malone?)
    • "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Explanation 
    • "We chose to X, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard!" Explanation 
  • Lyndon Johnson:
    • "In your heart you know he's right... but in your guts you know he's nuts." Explanation 
      • Even more pointed was the twist on the phrase that attacked Goldwater's hawkishness and expressed willingness to use atomic weapons: "In your heart, you know he might."
    • Further to that, Johnson's running mate, Hubert Humphrey, gleefully came up with a refrain that all of the legislation that had been widely supported in a bipartisan fashion had been supported by most Americans... But not Senator Goldwater!

1970–1979

  • Richard Nixon
    • Only Nixon could go to China Explanation 
    • "I am not a crook." Explanation 
    • Similarly - "Well if the President does it, that means that it is not illegal."Explanation 
    • The Watergate Scandal was so famous that it has led to virtually any subsequent politics-related scandal having the suffix "-gate" appended to it. Or even non-politics-related scandals.
    • [expletive deleted]! Explanation 
    • Saturday Night MassacreExplanation 
  • Gerald Ford:
    • As mentioned on his page, he had a reputation as The Klutz due to slipping on the stairs of Air Force One when disembarking.
    • "Our long national nightmare is over." Explanation 
    • "The Soviet Union does not dominate Eastern Europe." Explanation 
    • Ford to City: DROP DEAD Explanation 
  • Jimmy Carter: "I have lusted in my heart..." Explanation 

1980–1988 (Reagan Era)

  • Ronald Reagan:
    • Memetic-mutate one for the Gipper. Explanation 
    • Saint Reagan Explanation 
    • "I'm in control." Explanation 
    • To impress Jodie Foster... Explanation 
    • And Then I Said... Explanation 

1988–1992 (George H.W. Bush Era)

  • George H. W. Bush:
    • "Read my lips: No new taxes."Explanation  (Even in the Animaniacs presidents song: "And President Bush said 'Read my lips'...")
    • "We should be more like The Waltons and less like The Simpsons."Explanation 
  • Dan Quayle
  • The 1991 election for the seat of governor of Louisiana became well-publicized after Edwin Edwards, a well-established figure with a growing reputation for being a fairly "standard" crooked politician, ended up 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!"

1992–2000 (Clinton Era)

  • Bill Clinton:
    • "It's the economy, stupid." Explanation 
    • "I smoked, but I didn't inhale." Explanation 
    • I hope you don't mind where I put this cigar, kiddo....
    • He did not have sexual relations with that woman ... lipbite Miss Lewinsky.Explanation 
    • That depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is. Explanation 
    • This meme feels your pain.
    • Did somebody say... political memes?
    • "Vast, right-wing conspiracy..." Explanation 
    • VINCE FOSTER Explanation 
  • Ross Perot is a walking, talking generator of memes.
    • "Giant sucking sound." Explanation 
  • 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.
    • "And if you really want to get involved.... (looks mildly annoyed) just tap into my... homepage: www, dot, dolekemp96, org."
  • Jews for Buchanan! Explanation 
  • The racist spam "The Long March" in general. Helps that it seemed to hit every inbox in America at once in 1995.
  • James Traficant:
    • "Beam me up."Explanation 
    • James Traficant's toupée is self-aware and plans on running in the next election.Explanation 
  • Nice to have a Long Dong Silver fan on the bench. Explanation 
  • While being arrested in a sting for cocaine use and possession, DC Mayor Marion Barry uttered the classy line: "Bitch set me up!"

     2000–2008 (George W. Bush Era) 
  • George W. Bush:
    • Any number of "Bushisms" during the early days of Dubya's presidency. He is, after all, the decider.
    • Kanye West is mad at him because he "doesn't care about black people".Explanation 
      • Similarly - "Heckuva job, Brownie!"Explanation 
    • You have to give Bush some credit. Bush did not "forget Poland".Explanation 
    • "Thank you. ...now watch this drive." *golf swing*
    • The, uh... Internets and The Google.
    • Defining Bush's Memetic Mutation in one word: "Strategery"
    • "Fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can't get fooled again." Explanation 
    • "Is our children learning?"
    • I know how hard it is to put food on your family.
    • 'Axis of Evil' - George W. Bush via David Frum.
    • "Stay the course"/"Mission accomplished"
    • Bush did have some badass dodging skills when he went up against that shoe. Perhaps he's a ninja?
  • Ralph Nader receives 3% of popular vote
  • Ladies and gentlemen... We got him.Explanation 
  • Rudy Giuliani didn't 9/11 have the time to think about 9/11 memes when he was mayor 9/11. Cause that was 9/11 when 9/11 happened, you know?Explanation 
    • It was even funnier when he went on Fox and said that no terrorist attacks had happened on US soil 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.
    • The correct spelling of his name is actually 9iu11ani.
  • 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is going to Washington, D.C. to take back The White House! Yeeeaaaah!!
  • John Kerry:
    • 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!Explanation 
      • 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!
  • This land is your land...
  • Miserable failure.Explanation 
  • 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".
  • Al Gore:
  • Rumsfeld and the difference between known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns.
  • Former representative Bill Jefferson (D-Louisiana-2nd) is probably best known for having a wad of cash found in his freezer.
  • The one word that dethroned George Allen: "macaca".Explanation 
  • 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 have that name on the ballot) didn't seem to get much traction.
  • Ted Stevens:
    • "The Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes."
    • Did Ted Stevens ever come up with a meme? NO!! No he did not!
    • If only he had gotten that "Internet" that his staff tried to send him...Explanation 
    • Dagnabbit.
  • Shelley DraculaCunt Sekula Gibbs

     2008–2016 (Obama Era) 
  • Barack Obama:
  • Bill O'Reilly:
    • 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.
  • 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!?"
  • Someone made a write-in vote for "Lizard People" in Minnesota in 2008. At least, that's what the judges ruled.
  • Dennis Kucinich:
    • 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?
    • His height (5 foot 7 inches), which was parodied to ridiculous extremes in Late Night and The Simpsons.
  • Let's talk about how memes affect Joe the Plumber.
  • All fist jabs must from now on be called terrorist fist bumps.
  • John McCain:
  • Sarah Palin:
    • Tina Fey can see Russia from her house. Explanation 
    • 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 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!
  • Barbara Boxer: "Don't call me ma'am!"
  • The Notorious RGB.Explanation 
  • Al Sharpton so eloquently said "Resist we much".
  • Herman Cain:
    • Herman Cain says it's your own damn fault for being poor.
    • 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."Explanation 
  • Party of No.Explanation 
  • DEMON SHEEP.
    • Tom Campbell is a FCINO?
  • 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)
  • "I got this thing and it's fucking golden..."Explanation 
  • By the end of his terms TV Tropes will need an entire Memetic Mutation page just for the lines that have sprung out of the anti-Obama protests, especially the You Make Me Sic examples.
    • Descent is the highest form of patriotic.
    • BIRTH CERTIFICATE WHERE OBAMA WHEREExplanation 
      • "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!Explanation 
      • 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."
  • Nancy Pelosi:
  • "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! [insert name/issue here] has got to go." Heard at every rally every time everywhere.
  • Aretha Franklin's ludicrously impressive hat from Barack Obama's inauguration has taken on a bit of a life of its own.
  • Joe Biden. Good God, Joe Biden is a living Internet meme:
    • Nobody messes with Joe. Joe Biden, Memetic Badass!
    • Rahm "Rahmbo" Emanuel (former Illinois congressman and now Mayor-elect of Chicago) has a Chuck-Norris-like website dedicated to facts about him. And they're completely true, too!
    • Joe Biden on Healthcare passage: "This is a big fucking deal!"
    • "With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey."Explanation 
  • Pete Hoekstra's comparison between the Iranian student revolution and the Republican shutdown of the House quickly became mocked on Twitter (e.g., "I took one Tylenol and had a nap. Now I know what it was like for Heath Ledger.").
  • 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.
  • Not intended to be a factual statement.Explanation 
  • Marco Rubio's Water Break. Explanation 
  • Pizza is a vegetable.Explanation 
  • 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.Explanation 
  • Sue Lowden made headlines by saying people should pay for healthcare by bartering with chickens, often referred to as "Chickens For Checkups" (a reference to "Cash for Clunkers")
  • "Release the Kagan!" Explanation 
  • Ron Paul:
    • 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]
    • After his nomination in 2008 failed: YOU COULD HAVE STOPPED IT!
  • A picture was taken of congressman David Wu, while he was dressed like this.
  • Hank Johnson:
  • Gary Johnson just made his neighbor's dogs very famous...
  • Invisible Obama.Explanation 
  • "______ didn't believe in ______, and he/she still did his/her damn job!" 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.Explanation 
    • Obamacare
    • On that note: Death Panels.Explanation 
  • "Job creator/death tax" is not a meme.Explanation 
  • Rick Santorum:
  • Florida Governor and later U.S. Senator Rick Scott's has been compared in appearance to Mr. Clean, Skeletor, Lex Luthor (usually ties with him being a Corrupt Corporate Executive), and Lord Voldemort (this one has been used several times on The Colbert Report).
  • Mitt Romney:
    • Mitt Romney's kind of like an Etch-a-Sketch. You can shake it up and he starts all over again. Explanation 
    • Mitt Romney's taking a trip. That poor dog...Explanation 
    • If you're on the the 47% of people who can't pay income taxes, Mitt Romney doesn't care about youExplanation 
    • Mitt Romney has binders full of women.Explanation 
    • "Kiss my ass; this is a holy site for the Polish people." Explanation 
    • "Guess what? I made a lot of money."
    • White People Mourning Romney
  • Tom Wheeler: I'm not a dingo.Explanation 
  • "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down..." Explanation 
  • COAL FIRE OBAMA Explanaton 
  • Get Republicans Elected Every November Explanation 
  • Karl Rove's breakdown. Explanation 
  • YES WE CAN! Explanation 
  • Chris Matthews gets a thrill up his leg when listening to Obama's speeches.
  • Harry Reid on Obama: He's a light-skinned black man with no black dialect.
  • 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." Explanation 
    • 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%. Explanation 
    • OCCUPY TV TROPES Explanation 
  • Michele Bachmann:
  • Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my comments on this flawed politics meme.
  • Anthony Weiner:
    • 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's WeinerExplanation 
      • Anthony Weiner? I think you mean CARLOS DANGER.Explanation 
  • “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.
  • Christine O'Donnell:
  • Rick Perry:
    • Today, Rick Perry shot a coyote to death on his morning jog.
    • Rick Perry also executed 234 inmates. And he gets applause for it.
    • If elected President, Rick Perry will save money by eliminating the Departments of Education, Commerce, and... um... I can't [remember]. The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops.Explanation 
    • Rick Perry's Unpopular Opinions. The fact that he appears to be wearing the exact same coat as Heath Ledger's character in Brokeback Mountain in an ad where he speaks negatively of homosexuality has also not gone unnoticed.
    • Ronald Raven.Explanation 
  • And the winner of the Alaska election is Lisa Mulkowsky... Murbrowlsky... Murkrowski... Mullberrski... Markowski... Mellelski... Murkowski.
  • "I'm Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm."Explanation 
  • Latte salute.


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