Ah, 2009: it was the best of times, and it was definitely not, in hindsight, the worst of times. Barack Obama was only beginning his presidency, Jared Kushner was still a Democrat, Mark Zuckerberg still valued privacy, and “Daddy” just meant the father of a child.
This weekend, “2009 vs. 2019” began to trend on Twitter. By juxtaposing less attractive pictures of themselves (emo haircuts and too much eyeliner) alongside present day pictures of their fully-realized selves, we were reminded of the relative innocence of the late aughts, before the world seemed to be spinning rapidly off its axis with every passing hour. In the spirit of nostalgia, and the fact that time is inching us all toward our impending mortality and/or nuclear war, we’ve looked at some of the biggest power players of the current zeitgeist, and where they stood one long decade ago.
2009: Endorsed climate change (and then, three months later, revoked it.) Was building golf courses, not walls. Trump’s Twitter voice was just emerging; in one tweet, he insisted that the Trump International in Scotland would be the “greatest golf course in history!”
–Work has begun, ahead of schedule, to build the greatest golf course in history: Trump International – Scotland.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2009
2019: Now president of the free world, though due to an unwillingness to budge on a racist, and financially ruinous, plan to build a border wall in Mexico, has led the government to shutdown for the entirety of the year to date.
2009: Joined Twitter! Married Jared Kushner, who, at the time, was still a Democrat. Wrote The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life. As a role model to young girls across the nation, attended the Twilight premiere, where she “just saw Robert P…sigh.”
@realDonaldTrump Thanks dad. I enjoy following you as well!
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 17, 2009
2009: Graduated the 6th grade.
2009: Broke his own record when his single “Right Round” out-seated “Low” as most downloaded song and bar mitzvah anthem of the moment.
2019: Seems to be opening a gloriously tacky club in Miami Gardens, Florida called Studio 183 Lounge.
2009: Just before breaking out in The Hangover, was featured on Ryan Murphy’s plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck, as a horny yoga coach who broke his neck trying to give himself fellatio. With a tragically high sex drive and dangerously lithe body, he requests an as-yet-uninvented penis reduction in perhaps his best performance to date.
do you remember that infamous episode of NIP/TUCK where Bradley Cooper broke his neck trying to suck his own dick, because I sure do 🤣 pic.twitter.com/8vLvHltIFA
— Jason (@jasonosia) October 9, 2018
2019: Has fully transformed into an acclaimed “auteur,” having acted in and directed the beloved A Star is Born. (He’s also developed the ability to wax poetic about the pain of existence in the New York Times. Who said 2019 was all that bad?) Time, it seems, has been kind exclusively to Bradley Cooper.
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