'Is this a Bitcoin ad?' Joe Biden unknowingly touts BTC in coffee mug … – Cointelegraph


Crypto enthusiasts have lauded Joe Biden’s latest social media post for its so-called accidental endorsement of Bitcoin.
United States President Joe Biden may have inadvertently become Bitcoin’s latest brand ambassador in a new “cringe” video advertising merchandise for his reelection campaign.
On Aug. 3, President Biden tweeted: “A cup of Joe never tasted better” along with a video of himself drinking coffee from a mug.
A cup of Joe never tasted better.

Grab yours: https://t.co/4fbxCBQNPZ pic.twitter.com/s2qboyE7C1
The Bitcoin and crypto community were quick to notice the design of the coffee mug, which features his face with glowing red “laser eyes” — a popular addition for Bitcoin enthusiasts when designing their profile pictures.
While the origins of the meme are hazy, the laser eyes phenomenon 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. The most notable laser-eyed personalities once included NFL star Tom Brady, Paris Hilton and Elon Musk.
It’s typically used as a symbol for showcasing their bullish outlook for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies more broadly.
#NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/G471l4Cn9v
Biden’s post has been littered with responses from the crypto community, both delighted and amused by the obvious oversight.
“Joe Biden is a Bitcoin maxi now. Laser eyes and everything. Haters in disbelief,” declared one user.
sleepy joe w the laser eyes and you think etf getting rejected? https://t.co/i4JyLoPqze
Other users piled on, saying that Biden had just provided the “biggest endorsement of Bitcoin history” while another suggested that Biden was trying to “win over Bitcoin maxis.”
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The Biden administration has been criticized by the community for its not-so-welcoming stance towards crypto which includes controversial tax proposals for digital asset miners and other “anti-crypto” political efforts. It is thus unlikely the coffee mug design was in reference to Bitcoin.
The coffee mug’s name is in reference to “Dark Brandon” — Biden’s meme-based online alter-ego. The Dark Brandon meme depicts Biden as darker and edgier — often used by his supporters to tout his policy victories.
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