Washington, United States:
The inauguration day photo of a glamor-defying Bernie Sanders in mittens may not have been the most flattering image of the U.S. Senator, but it has turned into a remarkably charitable one.
The 79-year-old northeastern Vermont state legislature announced Wednesday that it had raised $ 1.8 million for charity over the past five days by selling merchandise at President Joe Biden’s swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20 in which he wears knitted gloves and a parka.
The picture spawned a thousand memes and made the serious and seemingly combative two-time presidential candidate even more of an internet star than he already was.
“Jane and I were amazed at the creativity so many people have shown over the past week, and we’re glad we can use my internet fame to help Vermonters in need,” Sanders said in a statement.
“But even that amount of money is not a substitute for action by Congress,” he said, referring to efforts to pass a massive bailout package for coronavirus pandemics.
“I will do everything in Washington to ensure that working people in Vermont and across the country get the relief they need in the midst of the worst crisis since the Great Depression.”
Sanders’ office said the groups receiving charitable funds include the Vermont operations of Meals on Wheels and the Vermont Parent Child Network.
The first run of Chairman Sanders merchandise sold out online 30 minutes after items – including sweatshirts and t-shirts – went online. There is now a week-long backlog.
The picture of a cross-legged sander wearing a light blue mask and sitting alone at the inauguration was captured by AFP photographer Brendan Smialowski.
According to Sanders’ office, Getty Images, the agency that distributes AFP images in the United States, will donate the proceeds of the license to Meals on Wheels America under the license agreement for the image to be displayed on clothing and stickers.
Smialowski was impressed with the various iterations of his online framework.
“The internet is like a wild beast, difficult to predict and difficult to tame,” he said.
“While I never expect or strive for my work to go viral or to be remembered, I am not surprised in the sense that the internet and social media are unpredictable. Anything is possible.”
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