Thursday, July 11, 2013

RunBobRun meme gaining momentum

You start with P. Kevin Morley’s photograph of a giddy Gov. Bob McDonnell at the grand opening of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center here in Richmond, which ran in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on July 8, 2013. Then you add some imaginative sarcasm and photoshop skills. Shake liberally and pour through a strainer.

What do you get?

A series of humorous images of the trotting, dancing, perhaps fleeing governor. In today’s Internet-driven parlance you get a new "meme" that is jumping from one Facebook page to the next as you read these words.

Launched by Barry Fitzgerald, the RunBobRun meme, as memes tend to do, has inspired other artists hop onto the bandwagon. From what I can tell, so far this is a Richmond-based phenomenon. Go here to see the series at Tumblr.

Given the “Giftgate” news that’s been leaking -- drip, drip, drip -- out about the list of gifts, loans, etc., McDonnell has received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, it’s no wonder the governor is on the run. 

Given the particularly tacky aura of this scandal, I’ll venture a guess that people close to the McDonnells, those who are well acquainted with their personal history, are not as surprised by these shocking revelations as some of us are.

Hey, should we believe that Bob and Maureen have suddenly become the sort who would happily accept a bunch of payments under the table?


Giddy-up, Bob, giddy-up!  

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