United States President Joe Biden has unintentionally made himself a Bitcoin (BTC) ambassador, posting a laser-eye emblazoned picture of himself across his X and Instagram profiles.
Just like we drew it up. pic.twitter.com/9NBvc5nVZE— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 12, 2024
Captioned “just like we drew it up,” the post was made in reference to the Kansas City Chiefs’ win over the San Fransico 49ers in the 2024 Super Bowl 15 minutes earlier.
While many crypto enthusiasts understood it as a direct reference to or endorsement of Bitcoin. Biden’s new laser-eye profile picture is most likely a continuation of the “Dark Brandon” meme. Dark Brandon is Biden’s edgier online alter-ego used by his supporters to tout his policy victories
Bankless asked what the post could mean for the ETH/BTC chart, while pseudonymous X user WhalePanda tacitly accused Biden of “cultural appropriation.”
Wow, this is a whole new level of cultural appropriation.https://t.co/J63qHiAXVL— WhalePanda (@WhalePanda) February 12, 2024
Biden is not known to have endorsed any policies that slant in favor of Bitcoin or cryptocurrency more broadly, making it unlikely that he would make a post endorsing a particular crypto asset.
According to Coinbase’s nonprofit advocacy organization Stand with Crypto, Biden is listed as being "against crypto" having made five public statements that skew toward a negative stance on digital assets.
The laser eyes phenomenon — typically used as a symbol for showcasing a bullish outlook on Bitcoin — kicked off as part of a movement across social media to drive Bitcoin’s price to $100,000 by the end of 2021, a goal that didn’t come to fruition.
While Biden made a seemingly accidental nod to Bitcoin, Block — formerly Square — CEO Jack Dorsey was spotted in the stands at the Super Bowl with a much more direct reference to the digital asset.
Dorsey was seen sporting a "Satoshi” T-shirt designed in a similar style to a series of popular Nirvana tees, featuring a smiley face used on the band’s concept design of their 1991 album Nevermind.
jack dorsey is wearing a fucking satoshi tshirt with jay-z at the superbowl and it actually kinda goes hard ngl pic.twitter.com/ChFdMz7OKa— loldefi* (@loldefi) February 12, 2024