Speaker of the House Paul Ryan committed a cardinal sin of the internet Thursday: He delivered remarks while gesticulating toward presentation material on a screen. That's a recipe ripe for memery, given how easy it is for users to Photoshop images onto a blank sign.
Twitter didn't disappoint when Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, delivered his PowerPoint presentation defending an embattled bill — which has been backed by both the speaker and President Donald Trump —to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The bill has been criticized by Democrats, of course, but it has also been torn apart by many GOP legislators, conservative groups and right-leaning media outlets for not walking back enough of Obamacare while also failing to live up to promises to improve health care quality for working people.
Ryan didn't really address this divide in his speech, instead choosing to focus more on attacking Obamacare.
"The whole idea of Obamacare is … the people who are healthy pay for the people who are sick. It’s not working, and that’s why it’s in a death spiral," he said.
While Ryan may have gotten his point across in the presentation, posted below are a dozen tweets lampooning him Thursday:
1. Daily Beast writer Gideon Resnick compared Ryan to Michael Scott, regional manager at Dunder Mifflin Scranton from "The Office"
2. CNN correspondent Diane Gallagher commented on Ryan's posture
3. Julia Reinstein of BuzzFeed got trippy
4. Help wanted
5. Shoshana Weissmann commented on Ryan's facial hair
6. Dan Amira, a Daily Show writer, was committed to the meme
7. The dress obviously got involved because it will never go away
9. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., even got in on the fun
10. Did you know the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals?
11. This is fine
12. Ah yes, the old U.S. of A.