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When President Donald Trump called Obamacare “disastrous” in his first State of the Union address, “Obamacare” sounded more like “Opamacare” to many people watching at home.

“We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year — forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford government-ordered health plans,” he said. “We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare — the individual mandate is now gone.”

And as soon as he touched on the policy priority to repeal President Barack Obama’s health insurance reform law, supporters in the House cheered him on. But a lot of people heard “Obamacare” with a “p” instead of a “b,” an apparent verbal snafu that was not ignored on the Internet.

Whatever he said, social media commentators seized the opportunity to run with a new way to refer to his predecessor’s health care plan.

remember Obamacare? This is it now. Feel old yet? #Opamacarepic.twitter.com/4PR0AYLV6D

— Opamacare (@opamacare) January 31, 2018

Who in the heck is Opama?! #OpamaCare#SOTU#StateOfTheUnionpic.twitter.com/iaGdJWTWn7

— Marcus (@marcusuntrell) January 31, 2018

He’s just like Rob Burgundy, he reads whatever is on the teleprompter. #Opamacarepic.twitter.com/doVSvNMAWn

— AltHomelandSecurity???????? (@AltHomelandSec) January 31, 2018

I’m so glad he got rid of “Opamacare” #SOTU

— Blake Hammond (@BigRadMachine) January 31, 2018

I mean this is the State of the Uniom… it’s entirely possible it said OpamaCare on the teleprompter #SOTU

— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) January 31, 2018

Where can we sign up for #opamacare? #SOTU2018#SOTUniom

— Gerren Keith Gaynor (@MrGerrenalist) January 31, 2018

Did he just call it Opamacare during the State of the Uniom?

— Jon Hansen (@jonthecubsfan) January 31, 2018

Good riddance to that blasted Opamacare

— Andrew Couts (@AndrewCouts) January 31, 2018

Opamacare. He was thinkin bout Oprah.

— Austin Vesely (@AustinVesely) January 31, 2018

Tired: Obamacare repeal

Wired: Opamacare repeal

— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) January 31, 2018

As news of the apparent pronunciation kerfluffle spread, one user encouraged Obama to simply lean into the rebrand.

Is it too much to ask for @BarackObama to change his handle to @BarackOpama for just one night to celebrate the rebranding of OpamaCare

— Gregory Brothers (@gregorybrothers) January 31, 2018

don’t take away Opamacare, it saved my when I jorped my leb#SOTU

— Gregory Brothers (@gregorybrothers) January 31, 2018

And another user nominated “Opamacare” to dethrone the midnight Trump tweet that gave the Internet “covfefe.”

Opamacare is the new covfefe #SOTU

— Lindsey (@lindsey_alexis_) January 31, 2018

The Obamacare/Opamacare issue wasn’t the only fodder the speech provided. The soundtrack of the evening — the President’s clapping — also got the meme treatment.


a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: U.S. President Donald J. Trump claps during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.
© Win McNamee—Getty Images U.S. President Donald J. Trump claps during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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