“What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant employees?”
It was a great question and allowed Clinton to get into her nuanced stance on how our energy needs are entangled with the need to protect our environment. She also made the point that she didn’t want to exclude workers who were currently working in the coal industry.
So, why the instant internet fame?
Maybe it’s the name, Ken Bone. It’s easy to pronounce and makes us think of steak. Maybe it’s the thick, black-rimmed glasses that make us think of someone a little nerdy, but nice and reminiscent of Harry Potter.
Maybe it’s the cute little lisp with the mustachioed lip. Or maybe it’s the extra (extra) large red sweater with the white tie and shirt that says he should be asking kids if they were naughty or nice this year.
Honestly, we’re not really sure.
Personally, I think the guy who asked the very last question deserves some love from the internet.
The last questioner’s name was Karl Becker and he had this to say:
“My question to both of you is, regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?”
The question garnered the biggest laugh from the audience of the entire debate. It ended the night on a relatively high note. It allowed Clinton to say the thing she respects most about Trump are his children and Trump got to say he respects the fact that Clinton doesn’t quit.
So, why wasn’t Becker the one hounded by the media for television appearances? Who knows.
However, unlike Bone, Becker didn’t have a lisp, a ‘stache or an extra large red sweater. I guess in the minds of America that makes a difference when someone goes viral.