Amid bipartisan criticism of Republican legislature aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, House Speaker Paul Ryan rolled up his sleeves to sell his fellow lawmakers on the bill. However, while Ryan may have been hoping his presentation would swing a few votes, images of Ryan's PowerPoint explainer of House Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill proved to be the perfect fodder for the latest viral meme. Now Twitter won't stop mocking Ryan's PowerPoint presentation skills.
Ryan used his weekly press conference Thursday to go over a few aspects of the American Health Care Act, legislation House Republicans have proposed as a means of replacing former President Barack Obama's health care reform law. As part of his presentation Ryan slipped out of his suit jacket and rolled up his sleeves before explaining Republicans planned to overhaul Obamacare via a "three-pronged approach" centered on "Reconciliation," "Administrative Action," and "Additional Legislation." But because we live in an age where just about anything is only a few Photoshop tweaks away from becoming a meme, Ryan's attempt to sell Trumpcare — I mean, Republicans' American Health Care Act — has quickly become the latest Twitter joke.
Here are 16 chuckle-inducing Paul Ryan PowerPoint memes:
I Have A Question
Ryan's relaxed collegiate look quickly earned him the nickname "Professor Ryan" on Twitter.
Hard-Hitting Bullet Points
Whoever organized Ryan's PowerPoint seemed to have forgotten the internet's ability to Photoshop any flat surface.
But First, Look At This Tweet
This has gone a little overboard, y'all... pic.twitter.com/VNY6jndJQx— Josh Perry (@MrJoshPerry) March 9, 2017
Inspired by Ryan's recent interview with Jake Tapper and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's use of an enlarged tweet during a press briefing, one Twitter user Photoshopped a tweet into Ryan's PowerPoint.
Let Me Break It Down For You
Bingo. Dino health care pic.twitter.com/Ej6nO7KGYA— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 9, 2017
One Twitter users showcased some of the resources Ryan could have used to explain Republicans' health care plan to the masses.
Debates The People Care About
Finally the GOP weighs in on something I care about... pic.twitter.com/5y5vLpyGSB— Will Ross (@SawmillLoris) March 9, 2017
Some Twitter users Photoshopped new slides into Ryan's PowerPoint in an attempt to bring the conversation around to something they found more appealing.
Meme In A Meme In A Meme
"it would be very meta of me to place one of my old Paul Ryan memes inside this new Paul Ryan meme" -me, ten minutes ago pic.twitter.com/BFuHjGsGTo— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) March 9, 2017
Twitter user Haley Byrd got a little meta by including a Paul Ryan meme inside a Paul Ryan meme.
Straight Out Of The Office
One Twitter user commented on the similarities between Ryan's PowerPoint explainer and meetings run by Michael Scott of NBC's The Office.
Step One, Be Healthy
In 2012, Ryan let Time magazine photograph him while he lifted weights. Those photos quickly found a new home in memes of Ryan's PowerPoint presentation.
When You're Trapped In A Paul Ryan Powerpoint
The Daily Show got in on poking fun at Ryan's PowerPoint by repeatedly Photoshopping his image into the meme.
No Cellphones Club
Rep. Keith Ellison is clearly not a fan of Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare nor of House Speaker Ryan.
Preparing For The Future
“And this is why I believe I’m the perfect candidate to represent the Hollister lifestyle as a Senior Sales Associate" pic.twitter.com/dPDxBs5cgX— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) March 9, 2017
Some Twitter users speculated about what other PowerPoint presentations Ryan may have up his sleeves.
One Twitter user used the Ryan PowerPoint meme to reduce Republicans' American Health Care Act down to one simple point.
Who'll Be Covered?
"rest assured our plan will not cover the people the president so artfully mocked during the campaign" pic.twitter.com/cywI37r6m8— darth™ (@darth) March 9, 2017
One Twitter user speculated on who might lose their health insurance under Republicans' new plan, which has been dubbed Trumpcare.
There were those who turned Ryan's PowerPoint into a discussion of impossible things.
If A Dog Wore Pants
Some Twitter users considered what Ryan breaking down questions that have haunted the American people for years — such as if a dog wore pants, how would he wear them — would look like.
The Issues That Drive Us
"And while the software library is somewhat limited, the new Zelda alone makes Nintendo Switch a must-have. Mom, dad, thanks for listening" pic.twitter.com/ShqslZRPsX— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 9, 2017
Some Twitter users speculated about what other topics the House Speaker might draw up PowerPoint presentations to explain.
Bernie Would Have Won
Did Ryan's PowerPoint on the American Health Care Act contain a hidden message about the 2016 presidential election? Not likely, but that didn't stop Twitter users from embedding one.
House Republicans are now attempting to ram the legislation, which has been heavily criticized by Democrats and Republicans, through Congress.