The grumpy Bernie Sanders meme is the best one to come out of the US inauguration

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  • A photo of Sen. Bernie Sanders looking grumpy at President Joe Biden's inauguration has gone viral.
  • Sanders' reserved pose and bundled style evoke a classic New Yorker vibe that took the internet by storm.
  • A popular New York Instagrammer posted the image on Instagram over photos of NYC, from the street to the subway.
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A viral photo of Sen. Bernie Sanders has become the most magical meme of President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony. 

The image shows Sanders all bundled up looking cold and reserved - a typical New York City mood, especially in the winter.

People edited the photo into classic NYC scenes, and the results are hilarious. 

Bernie Sander's inauguration photo is a classic NYC mood, and memes from the viral image prove it

An Instagram account run by Nicolas Heller posted three images of Sanders edited into New York City scenes. In the series, Sanders is seen sitting on a sidewalk, in a park, and on the subway. The caption credits another account, @naomiotsu, and reads "had to act fast on this one."

A post shared by Nicolas Heller (@newyorknico)

One Twitter user had the same thought when posting the trio of images.

The same Instagrammer posted another edit of Sanders on the subway later on.

A post shared by Nicolas Heller (@newyorknico)

Another Twitter user posted Sanders at a chess table in Washington Square Park.

Here is Sanders at another notable NYC park, Tompkins.

Read more: On a day filled with designer clothes, Bernie Sanders wore mittens made out of old sweaters - and people loved it

Another popular NYC Instagrammer posted images of Sanders sitting next to an NYC sidewalk vendor and in Union Square.

A post shared by Secret NYC (@secret_nyc)

The meme went global as it moved beyond NYC hot spots and into other settings

But the memes quickly moved beyond NYC and into other iconic images, like "The Situation Room," a photo from 2010 during the raid of Osama Bin Laden's compound, as Insider previously reported.

Twitter sent Sanders as far as the moon.

Some users combined memes by adding Sanders to viral photos of the past, like this photo that was popular in 2017.

One user tweeted a picture with Sanders as the fly on Mike Pence's head during the vice-presidential debate.

Read more: The best memes and online reactions from President Joe Biden's inauguration

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