May 29, 2024
Joe Biden's 'laser eyes' post not about Bitcoin
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Joe Biden’s ‘Laser Eyes’ Post is Not About Bitcoin

United States President Joe Biden has unintentionally become a Bitcoin ambassador by posting a picture with laser eyes on his X and Instagram profiles. The post, captioned “just like we drew it up,” was a reference to the Kansas City Chiefs’ win over the San Francisco 49ers in the 2024 Super Bowl.

While initially thought to be a direct reference or endorsement of Bitcoin, Biden’s use of the “Dark Brandon” meme suggests a play on the conspiracy theory that the Super Bowl would be rigged for the boyfriend of Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce’s team, to win, allowing Swift to endorse Biden for president.

The president’s social media team has previously embraced the Dark Brandon meme to portray Biden as cool and edgy. The post jokes about Biden plotting the team’s win. Crypto enthusiasts, including publications like Bankless and pseudonymous X user WhalePanda, quickly reacted to the meme. Some questioned its impact on the ETH/BTC chart, while others accused Biden of “cultural appropriation.”

It’s important to note that despite the meme, President Biden has not endorsed any policies in favor of Bitcoin or cryptocurrency. In fact, according to Coinbase’s nonprofit advocacy organization Stand with Crypto, Biden is listed as “against crypto,” with five public statements reflecting a negative stance on digital assets.

The laser eyes phenomenon, often a symbol for expressing a bullish outlook on Bitcoin, originated as part of a social media movement aiming to drive Bitcoin’s price to $100,000 by the end of 2021. Notable personalities, including NFL star Tom Brady, Paris Hilton, and Elon Musk, adopted the laser-eyed avatar.

While Biden unintentionally nodded to Bitcoin, Block CEO Jack Dorsey was more direct in showcasing his support. Dorsey was spotted at the Super Bowl wearing a Satoshi T-shirt designed in a style similar to popular Nirvana tees, featuring a smiley face from the band’s 1991 album “Nevermind.”

Despite the viral nature of the meme, it’s essential to consider that social media posts do not necessarily reflect political or policy endorsements. In the case of President Biden, his accidental association with the Bitcoin community through the laser eyes meme contrasts with his reported negative stance on cryptocurrency. As the crypto community playfully engages with political figures, it underscores the evolving intersection of digital assets and mainstream culture.

Image by Wikimedia Commons

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