Welcome back into the world of memes, George W. Bush. Donald Trump's inauguration called for rain and it delivered. And former President Bush was well-prepared with a poncho handy. What he didn't have handy was someone to help him put it on, and the internet took notice. Bush struggling with a poncho at the inauguration will go down in the 2017 political meme history books.
Individual and company tweeters alike poked fun at Bush's inability to properly protect himself from the rain. Barack Obama, who is in the foreground of many of the Bush-poncho photos, looks remarkably undistracted by the 43rd president's struggles. Meanwhile, a cowboy hat-wearing Dick Cheney, who is pictured seated behind Bush, looks amused. Bush's vice president wasn't the only person who seemed to find joy in it. For some online, Bush's dance with his rain gear was a welcome diversion from what was happening on the inaugural stage.
And though Bush caught the most attention for it, Hillary Clinton was also roasted on Twitter for struggling to put her poncho on over her head. The Hartford Courant reports that everyone in the stands had a plastic poncho provided to them, as umbrellas were banned for security reasons.
Thanks For The Laughs
❤️❤️❤️ Bush trying to navigate this rain poncho pic.twitter.com/0pXlC7OoVj— Kira Bindrim (@KiraBind) January 20, 2017
george bush playing with a poncho dot tumblr dot com— Claire McNear (@claire_mcnear) January 20, 2017
George Bush is having an absolute hoot. Can we cut from Trump's speech and just watch Dubya fight with a plastic poncho? #Inauguration— Kathleen (@fluffette) January 20, 2017
And if you want the full series pic.twitter.com/bbcMg8ntoH— Ned Donovan (@Ned_Donovan) January 20, 2017
The Struggle Is Real
tfw no one told you how to wear a poncho pic.twitter.com/x6qA2ZhAI6— Bob Marshall (@bobmarshall) January 20, 2017
Thank you, George, for making me laugh on such a somber day...— Woodsie (@woodsie_tv) January 20, 2017
PHOTO: George W Bush trying to put on a rain poncho pic.twitter.com/GEqIId3onL
"Hell I don't know how this fancy poncho works. Did it say it right? Pan-cho? Pon-cho? Whatever." pic.twitter.com/DlsDfbWHkZ— Ross Martin (@PCBearcat) January 20, 2017
George Bush trying to put on a poncho = rest of world trying to understand how President Trump happened https://t.co/c9oeg3EmGW— Stace (@stackee) January 20, 2017
Well, This Is Distracting
Rain starts to fall as Trump delivers inauguration speech. Distracting to see George Bush reach for a plastic poncho.— Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher) January 20, 2017
Look at George W Bush putting his Alton Towers plastic poncho on in the background. #Inauguration— athriftymrs.com (@AThriftyMrsUK) January 20, 2017
We See You, Cheney
Cheney looks pleased at GWB's poncho difficulties. pic.twitter.com/sHIq4a5I1H— Cody Hall (@CodyHall09) January 20, 2017
Bush wasn't the only one struggling to make the poncho look work, although at least Jon Voight managed to get into his.
Here's John Voight dancing in a poncho pic.twitter.com/pFsAu23pqd— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) January 20, 2017
This isn't the first time Bush has gotten attention for having trouble controlling a poncho. Back in 2008, the former president sported, and struggled with, a traditional Peruvian poncho while posing for photos at the APEC summit in Lima.
Bush's presence at the inauguration was one of his few public appearances as of late. It's been reported that he has been spending much of his free time engaging his love of painting. Bush's most recent project was painting portraits of soldiers who had been wounded "carrying out my orders."
And while we're talking about Bush wearing ponchos:
So I googled "george bush poncho" and accidentally stumbled on what appears to be a secret trip to EPCOT with Vladimir Putin. pic.twitter.com/s13dBu3DZt— Laura Bradley (@lpbradley) January 20, 2017
The former president was accompanied at Trump's inauguration by his wife, Laura. George H.W. and Barbara Bush were absent as they are both currently checked into the Houston Methodist Hospital for separate medical problems. In a Jan. 10 note to Trump, H.W. wrote, "My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”
As for the younger George Bush, if this is the last we'll see of him for a while, at least we have the image of him flailing in a poncho to hold on to until next time.