A little bird on Friday flew down to join Senator Bernie Sanders at his lectern, making his Portland, Oregon, rally very Portland-ish.
The brief meeting immediately brought to mind an actual episode of “Portlandia,” that is the satirical sketch comedy about quirky yet cool lifestyle of Pacific Northwest city.
In the episode, Bryce & Lisa that is played by Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen , validate how to spruce up anything & everything by putting a bird on it. In Portland, the birds apparently make everything better: lamps, handbags, toast & now, presidential campaigns.
Bernie Sanders was in Portland ahead of Saturday’s Democratic caucuses in Hawaii, Washington and Alaska, where he’s hoping to shorten Ms. Clinton’s delegate lead.
Winning the avian endorsement can not hurt. It was unclear that if the bird would be joining Bernie at other the campaign events.
The senator spoke to nearly 11,500 people at Moda Center about the campaign finance reform, economic inequality, political corruption, and world peace when the little bird appeared beside him, and the audience went wild.
“I think there may be some symbolism here,” he said. “I know it does not look like it, but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace — no more wars.”
Bernie Sanders’ fine-feathered meeting joins a list of the memorable candidate-bird meetings.
Clinton spent time with the Big Bird in 1990s, and Trump had a face-to-face with a bald eagle for a 2015 Time article. But Donald Trump’s run-in with the bird did not go as well (definitely with no endorsement there).
The media had their own fun with the “Bird Meets Bern,” that was a rare moment of unbiased levity in the campaign of 2016.