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It’s now official: Joe Biden is the 46th president of the United States. On this historic day, Twitter is buzzing with memes and jokes about moments in the inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC, with special attention paid to Senator Bernie Sanders’ cozy mittens, Biden’s oversized family bible, and Lady Gaga’s remarkable Hunger Games-style outfit.

With a nonchalant, unfestive appearance — a gray Burton coat and knit mittens — Sanders became the unlikely star of the inauguration. Here’s how the internet reacted:

Bernie’s now-famous mittens are made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Vermont who gifted the senator the pair about two years ago. “They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece (made from recycled plastic bottles),” the teacher explained in a tweet.

Vogue magazine was quick to run a review of the viral mittens, writing: “The large brown-and-cream knit pair had a vague nod to a Fair Isle pattern, while the palms boasted blue and white hues.”

One Bernie fan commented on Twitter: “No one can look at those gloves and think he shouldn’t Chair the Senate Budget Committee.”

Here are a few more hilarious Bernie memes with references to art and film:

Biden took his oath while resting his hand on a thick bible, adorned with a Celtic cross, that has been kept in his family since 1893. The new president had previously used the Bible when he was sworn in as a US senator and vice president. But for many Twitter users, the giant Bible reminded them of the Cheesecake Factory’s elaborate menus.

Lady Gaga, who delivered an exuberant performance of the National Anthem at the ceremony, sported a noticeably large gold brooch of a dove carrying an olive branch. “May we all make peace with each other,” she tweeted with a close-up picture of the ornament. But Internet users saw only one thing: the “Mockingjay” pin from the book and film series The Hunger Games.

And finally, here’s how some MAGA supporters might have reacted when they heard singer Jennifer Lopez speaking in Spanish during her performance at the inauguration:

This article will be periodically updated with new memes as they are published. Stay tuned!

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Hakim Bishara

Hakim Bishara is a staff writer for Hyperallergic. He is also a co-director at Soloway Gallery, an artist-run space in Brooklyn. Bishara is a recipient of the 2019 Andy Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant and he holds an...