In a week that should have belonged to President Barack Obama, taking the oath of office for his second term and making a courageous speech dedicated to equality for all, it was the ladies around him who captured the social media spotlight.
My! How much Malia and Sasha Obama have grown since we first met them back in 2008. The First Kids are now 15 and 11, respectively. A teen and a tween together putting up with hours of pomp and circumstance make for great Internet memes, like this one: 23 Reasons Why Sasha and Malia Stole the Inauguration. Out of 23 reasons, there are plenty to pick as a fave, so we’ll choose two. Malia photo bombing her little sis as she tried to take a picture of the ‘rents kissing, and Sasha’s cool turtle phone case. Thanks Malia and Sasha for erasing the Bush twins from our collective memories once and for all.
During the Inaugural lunch, it was First Lady Michelle Obama’s chance to claim another piece of Internet immortality. Sitting next to her husband’s arch nemesis, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Michelle O. could no longer hide her disdain. When the Speaker apparently made a joke to the President, the First Lady gave an epic eye roll. GIFs galore on the first “shade” were fast and furious.
Leave it to our departing Secretary of State, former New York Senator, First Lady and, if the 2016 election were held today, our next president Hillary Clinton to take this week’s top prize for Internet sensation. Wearing a smart green suit and a new pair of specs, Clinton strode onto Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a long-awaited hearing in front of Congress on actions taken following a terrorist strike in Benghazi last September. This was far from Clinton’s first time at the hot seat rodeo, and she took a bunch of cranky old men and Tea Party nitwits to task. While her words were great, we know attention spans are short and the information highway can be a nightmare to navigate. Check out “How to Deal with a Mansplainer Starring Hillary Clinton in GIFs” for the ultimate recap.
We realize we’ve dropped a few new terms this week. That’s one of the things we love about surfing the ‘Net all day. Keeping up with the latest lingo. Here’s a handy glossary sourced from Urban Dictionary:
- GIF: A form of computer image that moves as an animation, because it consists of frames, like a movie with no sound. Pronounced “jif”.
- Mansplain: To explain in a patronizing manner, assuming total ignorance on the part of those listening. The mansplainer is often shocked and hurt when their mansplanation is not taken as absolute fact, criticized or even rejected altogether.
- Photo bomb: Intentionally or unintentionally ruining an otherwise normal photo (e.g., jumping in front of the camera when the photographer is ready to shoot their subject and sticking out your tongue).
- Shade: Acting in a casual or disrespectful manner towards someone (e.g., rolling your eyes at the Speaker of the House might be referred to “throwing some shade”).
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Photo courtesy of CNN.com.