The catchphrase “Good Mor-ning Sunshine” appears in a political cartoon by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Steve Sack, whose depiction of US President Barack Obama milking a dried-up cow served as the model for a collection of pictures with item labels.
Political cartoonist Steve Sack created a one-panel comic depicting President Barack Obama with multiple buckets labeled with various expenses the government would cover and a skinny cow with the words “U.S. Treasury” on it shortly after the president’s inauguration in 2009. “Good morning, sunshine,” Obama is heard saying in the clip. The comic’s first online appearance appeared on the site skol-blog on March 13th, 2009.
Reddit user david fillion published the picture on the /r/feedthebeast subreddit on May 14th, 2014. In four years, the post garnered over 225 upvotes (97%), and there were 50 comments.
On March 27, 2018, four years after the original photo was taken, Reddit user Goku is Underrated modified it to remove Obama and replace him with PewDiePie, adding the caption “PewdiePie Submissions” to the cow. More than 2,400 points (98% upvotes) were awarded to the post.
A few months later, on May 28th, Redditor Adds posted a variant in the /r/MemeEconomy subreddit in which Mickey Mouse represents Obama and the cow is branded Star Wars. A total of 5,200 comments and more than 65,000 upvotes were given to the post.
The next day, a version was posted in the /r/2meirl4meirl forum by Reddit user Bad For Education. This variation included Obama called the cow “Using suicide humor to cope with my very genuine mental health challenges” and Obama branded the cow “Me.” In just two days, the post got over 150 points (97% upvotes).
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