Bernie Sanders draws firestorm for yellow paper during SOTU

Some people were not pleased when Bernie Sanders reached into his pocket and removed a piece of yellow paper during the State of the Union.Charlie Neibergall/AP

Some people were not pleased when Bernie Sanders reached into his pocket and removed a piece of yellow paper during the State of the Union.

Surging 2016 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders made waves on social media during President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday when he pulled a yellow piece of paper out of his pocket.

Moments into Obama’s speech, the Vermont senator ducked into his suit pocket and pulled out the paper, generating a firestorm of commentary on the Internet over the nature of the document.


One Twitter user thought it was a takeout menu, while others on the micro-blogging site insisted that Sanders was comparing his own notes to the contents of Obama’s speech.

Another tweeter joked that the paper contained a to-do list.

Sanders, for his part, took to Twitter to commend Obama for the address, but did not himself discuss the note.

“Tonight’s speech was important,” Sanders tweeted. “The president reminded us not to be afraid of change, but to wield it to improve the lives of all Americans.”

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