When researching images for a cover story tracing Romney's Mormon roots, Time magazine found a photo of a young Mitt Romney in 1968, sprawled out on a French beach next to a declaration of love for his then-girlfriend Ann.
Time's deputy photo editor, Paul Moakley, gives us the backstory:
On a recent cover shoot I asked Romney about the image and found out that around 1968, while serving as a Mormon missionary in France, a young Mitt made several photographs with the help of his LDS friends. He described how the photo was taken, explaining that it was playfully staged for his high school girlfriend and soon-to-be wife, Ann Davies. Romney revealed that the photo is actually one of a series made during his time abroad.
Eager to get away from his stiff millionaire reputation, Romney has been playing up love for his wife at campaign events. In one campaign-made video, "The Love Story Continues" Ann describes their origins as a young couple in Utah, separated by Mitt's commitments to his Mormon mission in France.
Though it's a cute photo, we couldn't possibly expect the Internet to resist the potential for meme excellence. Hypervocal kicked it off with a nod to a classic one-liner from "Anchorman."
Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski tweeted out his own (dare we say, harsh?) version of the photo to his followers:
A child is seen playing at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe on the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Berlin on June 18, 2013. Obama is scheduled to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and will later speak at the Brandenburg Gate where fifty years earlier, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner (I am a Berliner)" address . UPI/David Silpa