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

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.

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).

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

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

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

And adapted for the political news of the hour.

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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