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On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed more than a dozen executive actions including an improved response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a rollback on Trump-era immigration restrictions, and improvements to the U.S.'s involvement in climate-related initiatives. But before he put pen to paper, President Biden had to rid the Oval Office of one Trumpian item that is still hard to comprehend as real. Biden ditched former President Donald Trump's "Diet Coke button" which, quite literally, made a Diet Coke appear on a silver platter when pushed.
The button, housed in a very official-looking wooden case, was installed in the first few days of Trump's presidency in order for the president to quell his cravings for Diet Coke, which he reportedly drank 12 cans of per day, according to The New York Times.
In a 2017 interview for Face the Nation, Trump showed his "ominous red button" to reporter John Dickerson, explaining that when pressed, "It gets you a Coke. It gets you a Pepsi. One or the other," to which Dickerson responded, "Oh."
Tom Newton Dunn, a reporter for Times Radio, was the first to notice that Biden had kicked the Diet Coke button to the curb on his first day. "President Biden has removed the Diet Coke button," Newton Dunn wrote on Twitter. "It's gone now."
President Biden has removed the Diet Coke button. When @ShippersUnbound and I interviewed Donald Trump in 2019, we became fascinated by what the little red button did. Eventually Trump pressed it, and a butler swiftly brought in a Diet Coke on a silver platter. It's gone now. pic.twitter.com/rFzhPaHYjk
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) January 21, 2021
Perhaps it was the insurrection or the two impeachments that pushed the Diet Coke button from our brains. But now that it's fresh in our minds again, we're really wilding out over the absurdity.
I'M GONNA FUCKING BLACK OUT, WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU MEAN HE HAD A DIET COKE BUTTON?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! HELLO?!?!?!?!?! pic.twitter.com/JFzhwLHTG8
— Carlamity (@TheCalamityCarl) January 21, 2021
FINDING OUT ABOUT THE DIET COKE BUTTON IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY DAY. pic.twitter.com/9S0KvJHELZ
— Dulce Gomez (@_DulceG535_) January 21, 2021
just found out about trumps diet coke button pic.twitter.com/o2TPsNk2zv
— meggamind 🧠 (@megg0_) January 21, 2021
"biden has removed the diet coke button"
all of us: there was a diet coke button...............? pic.twitter.com/KpqTusaEhw
— 💀△flavortown socialist△💀 (@harpybones) January 21, 2021
TRUMP'S LETTER TO BIDEN LEFT IN THE DESK: "Joe: The Red Button Is for BigMac and Fries; Yellow Button Is For Diet Coke; Blue Button turns on FOX; Black Button Launches the Nukes...or Maybe Black Is for Big Mac and Fries and Red Launches the Nukes."
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) January 19, 2021
And we can only imagine President Biden's face when he was asked if he'd like the Diet Coke button to stay or go.
I would've paid so much money to get to be in the room for the conversation that I imagine went like:
BIDEN: ok what's next
STAFFER: setting up the Oval. Photos are all done. Do you want to keep the Diet Coke button?
BIDEN: the what in god's name button https://t.co/cDhkmqzjr5
— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) January 21, 2021
But if you really think about it...is a Diet Coke button really such a bad idea?
would like to go on record as pro diet coke button
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) January 21, 2021
if i'm honest, i probz would have kept the diet coke button
— Lara Cohen 💅🏼 (@Larakate) January 21, 2021
Biden getting rid of the Diet Coke button in the oval office shows that he has zero interest in "reaching out" or "healing division"
— Will 🦥 Menaker (@willmenaker) January 21, 2021
As some people on Twitter pointed out, this wooden-encased red button has appeared on the desk of several presidents throughout the years, meaning that it's most likely a call button for staff.
But sadly (or maybe hilariously?), thanks to Trump, it will now and forever be known as the Diet Coke button. Even after he's gone, he still manages to leave us astounded...