Alaska Life

Bernie and his mittens travel Alaska, in meme form

Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking a whirlwind trip around Alaska, courtesy of social media and Photoshop.

A viral internet meme this week featuring Sanders at Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony, seated on a folding chair in a surgical mask and wool mittens, was quickly embraced by Alaskans on social media. (The original image was taken by photographer Brendan Smialowski for Getty Images.)

[Bernie Sanders and his mittens were everywhere on Inauguration Day. Just ask the Internet.]

Soon, the former presidential candidate was everywhere — from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ temperature sign to Utqiagvik’s whale bone arch.

Sanders also made an appearance in front of Juneau’s whale sculpture, and as an IditaRider in Nome.

[‘It felt like I was the first person to step on Mars’: Anchorage free divers plunge into icy Chugach lake]

Sanders made it out to the now-relocated “Into the Wild” bus.


He visited the bears fattening up at Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Sanders also posed in front of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

The Vermont independent dropped by the Alaska Legislature in Juneau as the session begins.

Finally, Sanders joined a different well-known politician in a viral moment — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s 2008 turkey pardon.