Put a Bird On It: World Peace, Political Revolution, and #BirdieSanders

Presidential candidate welcomes friendly feathered friend as messenger of peace.

The presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders received its smallest (though not least consequential) endorsement yet on Friday as a very small bird took to the podium while he delivered a speech to thousands of people gathered at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

In the middle of discussing education and the crushing economics of student debt, the crowd and the candidate were made to pause by the appearance of a small bird on the stage. As he acknowledged its presence on stage, the bird pressed its case further by flying up and landing directly in front of Sanders. As the crowd roared, a large smile crossed Sanders’ face.

“I think there’s some symbolism here,” said Sanders of his surprise guest. “I know it doesn’t look like it, but that little bird is really a dove asking us for world peace. No more wars!”

According to the local Willamette Week, the bird appeared to be a sparrow but according to Twitter it was basically just an awesome moment:

This post first appeared in Common Dreams.

By Jon Queally

Senior editor and staff writer with Common Dreams since 2007, covering US politics, foreign policy, human and animal rights, climate change, and much in between. In addition to his role as the opinion editor, he works daily on the creation, selection and management of news content.