Here’s something kind of wild - today marks the one year anniversary of Little Face Mitt. Seriously, it’s only been that long! It’s hard to believe that only one year ago, droves of people legitimately thought Mitt Romney would be the next president and I had just parked this Tumblr page as my attempt to knock the guy down a peg. And while there’s a lot not to like about Obama’s second term, it sure feels good knowing that guy’s not president, huh?
Obscurity, tremendous growth, and decay back into obscurity, all in a year. Time flies.
To commemorate this date, featured below is the very first LFM that there ever was.
While I will be the first to say how irrelevant LFM is at this point, I still love you all dearly. As always, if you wish to follow my antics after LFM, you can find me on twitter: https://twitter.com/Reubnick
I know the official blog has ended, but I had to share this with you.
I saw this picture online and had no choice but to little face it.
Hello, gang. This is Reuben Glaser one last time.
As we all know, Mitt lost and Barry won, and whether you like it or not (I personally do), we can all now return to our regularly scheduled lives for the next three years.
Likewise, whether you like it or not, Little Face Mitt has descended into complete irrelevancy in one night flat. While I find myself in kind of totally at a loss and in a state of flux without pictures of Romney’s face to shrink, this is good and this is what I had hoped would happen all along. This gives it a graceful exit. While many of you have told me to continue with LFM, I ask how the heck I could even manage to do that if I tried. I see no reason and no need, and therefore I won’t because it’s good as it is. Today is the last day of Little Face Mitt, at least for me.
But before I part ways, I would just like to take one last moment to personally thank you all for what you’ve managed to make Little Face Mitt into. You all took one of the stupidest things ever created and turned it into an actual aspect of this election. Some are calling this the first real social media election, even more so than in 2008, and no matter how you shake the stick, LFM was a very real part of that. There were many, many parts of it in the realm of memes, but LFM sat firmly amongst them and I hope will be positioned next to the Binders Full of Women facebook page on this shelf in history. While I don’t expect there to be a Little Face Mitt chapter in future textbooks of course, I just take a good deal of pride that such an absurd thing managed to reach so many of you and in some way got people involved. As you can all tell by now, I am a very strong proponent of getting involved, even if it is in a weird way like Little Face Mitt. I am an even stronger proponent of satire and specifically media manipulation because the media really is one of the roots of much of our problems, and the fact that we managed to make Little Face Mitt into something mentioned and analyzed on cable news networks and online and print media publications sounds like a resounding win for “satire” and a flub for “the media.” Satire is what makes me most happy and it’s through satire that I can make myself most useful. Even if it took half of a decade of talking to the walls on twitter and youtube, I am forever grateful that the internet seemed to finally understand a joke of mine. I am glad you all got Little Face Mitt. All of you did. And it’s been the most fun I’ve ever had.
My name is Reuben Glaser – not “Little Face Mitt” – and I am a comedian and activist and satirist or whatever you’d like to call me. The articles seem to have referred to me most as a “humorist,” which I quite like. And to reiterate, the time has come that I will retire Little Face Mitt and it will be relegated to the footlocker of memedom forever, but if you’d like to follow me personally on to whatever I do next, you can find me on twitter as “Reubnick,” or send me emails at ReubenGlaser@gmail.com anytime you’d like. Little Face Mitt has run its course, but I’m certainly not done with my spoofs and goofs, because I just can’t stop. Some of you may know that just this year I also ran a candidate for office without his knowledge and made it all the way to the national news cycle (and almost got arrested for coercion, voter fraud and campaign finance violations). I like messing with the media and messing with politicians who mess around. In fact, I love it. It might be my favorite thing in the world. Little Face Mitt is not a swan song for me. Maybe I’ll try to get a job at The Onion now or befriend Stephen Colbert. I get bored without lofty goals. I guess all I’m saying is that Chuck Grassley better sleep with one eye open.
I’ve been getting very kind messages on and off since last night with a sense of closure, and I appreciate them all. Being the humble man that I am, if you wish to thank me I will accept you sending TIME Magazine a barrage of emails begging them to put me in the TIME 100, making a Wikipedia page about me that refers to me as “ruggedly handsome” or sending me loose $50 bills in the mail. No, I’m just kidding. If anybody should be thanking anybody, it should be me to you. Thank you for doing what you’ve all done with Little Face Mitt. I’ve had such fun with it. I am grateful, and I love you all.
And if you don’t care about me at all and are just interested in Little Face Mitt, I hope you’ve enjoyed them thoroughly. The archives will exist eternally for your pleasure.
As I bid you adieu, I look back at the past three months with a smile and look forward for the next for years with one too. Thanks for the good times!
PS. Actually totally not kidding about the TIME 100 and the Wikipedia page. But keep your $50s.
TL;DR - Thanks, guys.