The moment leading up to the online address, however, was also caught on camera, giving viewers an unexpected glimpse at the senator warming up his mouth and mugging for the camera alongside his wife Jane, and at one point even gently bickering with her.
“Is that a terrible thing, to have my hands showing?” Sanders asked Jane, inquiring about his position on the podium and taking his wife’s advice to put his hands down and rely on gestures instead.
The duo then posed for a quick wave to the camera before Sanders shooed his wife away, telling her to “get off the screen.”
“Stand up straight,” Jane ordered at one point.
“Stop it,” her husband shot back, looking as if he’d heard this more than once over the course of their 32-year marriage. “Enough, enough!”
I still don't know why they insisted on so many speeches being live — especially when Michelle Obama's keynote and several other appearances were pre-taped — but it gave us this wonderful bit of Bernie Sanders that came through via satellite. pic.twitter.com/RrJ8yzmbPg
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 18, 2020
The sassy yet wholesome banter quickly took off on Twitter, with more than one commentator pointing out that in the midst of a Democratic National Convention focused on COVID-19 and Trump’s failings, it was refreshing to witness a rare, unscripted moment between husband and wife.
I’m grateful for Jane and Bernie Sanders.
— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) August 18, 2020
instead of the convention they should just air the five minutes before people think they're live. the most unifying momentshttps://t.co/888JaXOqPG
— Tara Golshan (@taragolshan) August 18, 2020
This is the best and only part of the convention I watched. I love Bernie Sanders and Jane so much it hurts. I'm heartbroken, But this video cheered me. So cute. I love the face he's making in the very beginning. What was she doing checking his teeth or is he being a goof?
— Yarnie 🌹 (@TweetingYarnie) August 18, 2020
A wonderful man with a wonderful movement 🔥 I love his affection towards Jane and vice versa ❤
— BerningGreen🕊🌹🌻 (@PazJusticiaAmor) August 18, 2020
Jane and Bernie are like so cute oh my god.
— cas 🌈🌹 (@sassafrass_cas) August 18, 2020
Sanders met Jane O’Meara Sanders, the woman who would be his second wife, in 1981, as he was running for mayor in Burlington, Vermont. The pair were married in 1988, and Jane quickly became one of her husband’s most important advisers, assisting him in drafting “more than 50 pieces of legislation” in the early ’90s, according to The Washington Post.
Ironically, the pair both grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, within 15 blocks of each other.
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