After a long and busy news week — and an election cycle that just keeps getting more wild — watching this little bird land on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' podium during a speech on Friday in Portland is just the respite some voters needed. For those already feeling the Bern, watching the bird circle around the stage and straight up perch as Sanders spoke was nothing short of a sign that he is as magical as they believe he is. Even non-supporters on Twitter had to agree, with on user writing, "I am big enough to admit that Bernie made a really cute face when that bird landed on the podium."
Overall, pretty much everyone on social media seemed to be downright delighted to watch the Senator, who has a reputation for being a bit grumpy, look first shocked, then smile at the finch. He worked it into the speech once the crowd settled down and the bird flew away after making its cameo. The Democratic presidential hopeful shook his head and said, "I think there may be some symbolism here. I know it doesn't look like it, but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace." "No more wars," he said.
But the symbolism is greater than "no more wars." You know who animals flock to? Saints, Disney princesses, and people who are just really, really good deep down, like the pigeon lady in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. If voters think that Bernie Sanders is just more likable than his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, this totally proves their point. It's ridiculous, of course, but also sort of true. Bernie fans and political junkies agreed on Twitter that the bird was a blessing for the candidate's polling numbers:
Already, the hashtag #BirdieSanders and #FeelTheBird is circulating around the Internet and not just because it's funny to think that Clinton's campaign (or any of the Republican candidates) might at this very moment be foraging for a chipmunk, bunny, or some other beacon of hope to top Bernie's bird.
It's was also a moment for America. There was something about watching a wild animal and Bernie Sanders interact for those short seconds that made many people just, well, happy.
If birds could talk, it would be making media appearances throughout the week or giving Oregon primary night analysis on cable news come May. Voters should all be grateful that it knew better and flew away far, far away from all of that madness. At least Twitter will always have the GIFs.