Sen. Patrick Leahy posted a selfie without context to Twitter, prompting jokes.

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Everyone has the same joke about this senator’s random Twitter selfie

'Feeling cute, might delete later.'

 

Kris Seavers

Internet Culture

Published Oct 4, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 4:55 am CDT

Posting a selfie to social media can be a nerve-wracking experience. You might, for example, fear being ridiculed on your angle or the potential of being turned into a meme. That’s exactly what happened when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) tweeted an innocuous photo of his face without context on Thursday—but the 78-year-old seemed to be taking the jokes in stride.

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The close-up of Leahy’s face was met with commentators’ attempts at giving the photo a witty caption. Many people had the same idea: Maybe Leahy, like many selfie-takers before him, was “feeling cute” in the moment (though it’s always safest to suggest you “might delete” a poorly-received selfie later).

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Others were immediately reminded of Leahy’s cameos in Batman movies, including The Dark Knight. 

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Some just appreciated Leahy’s ability to work the camera.

https://twitter.com/carolinesimon66/status/1047968350347956227

https://twitter.com/juliareinstein/status/1047955267726577665

https://twitter.com/senatorshoshana/status/1047953921484963840

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Unsurprisingly, the selfie has already been combined with other memes.

https://twitter.com/zachheltzel/status/1047959222212681728?s=21

And adapted for the political news of the hour.

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It’s unclear what motivated Leahy to tweet the photo in the first place, and whether it was intentional or just an awkwardly misfired post. The senator did confirm in a follow-up tweet, however, that “yep … that’s me.”

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*First Published: Oct 4, 2018, 5:26 pm CDT