Paul Ryan powerpoint meme

Screengrab via C-SPAN/Remix by Jason Reed

Paul Ryan’s grim PowerPoint presentation on Obamacare becomes a sick meme

It was just too easy.


Amrita Khalid

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 9, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 9:17 pm CDT

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) greeted reporters at his weekly press briefing on Thursday with a PowerPoint presentation on the Republican plan to dismantle Obamacare.

Turns out, Ryan’s nearly 20-minute presentation featuring detailed charts and interactive graphics on the failure of Obamacare and his earnest, TED talk-style delivery was a far too easy target for Twitter. Many found it hard not to giggle at Ryan’s grim declaration that Obamacare was “in a death spiral,” followed by evidence in the form of pie charts and color-coded maps. The speaker of the House has a well-documented love of Powerpoints that dates back several years.

Paul Ryan powerpoint meme
Screengrab via C-SPAN

Ryan’s lecture quickly became too sophisticated and thought-provoking for mere charts. He settled on a white slide that simply said, “There will be a stable transition to conservative health care reform,” and spoke for several minutes. We’ll just have to take his word for it.

Paul Ryan powerpoint meme
Screengrab via C-SPAN

At least among political journalists and other questionable characters who watch C-SPAN on their lunch breaks, Paul Ryan and his Obamacare Powerpoint quickly became a meme:


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*First Published: Mar 9, 2017, 12:35 pm CST