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As Sean Spicer scrambled to explain to reporters why President Trump suddenly decided to fire FBI Director James B. Comey last week, the White House press secretary huddled with his staff near a clump of bushes, The Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson reported.
Spicer reluctantly agreed to answer some questions, standing in near darkness between two tall hedges with more than a dozen reporters closely gathered around him. (A story update clarified that Spicer was “among bushes” and not actually “in the bushes.”)
Memes of Spicer hiding in — or among — bushes quickly spread on social media, and late-night talk show hosts such as Stephen Colbert and Seth Myers latched on. Melissa McCarthy’s Spicer character even appeared on “Saturday Night Live” crouching in shrubbery while peering into a White House news conference.
Meanwhile, a professor in British Columbia had an idea. Lisa Kadonaga, who teaches geography at the University of Victoria, noticed the photos circulating on social media featuring images Spicer’s face poking out of hedges.
“My neighbors have a hedge kinda like that,” Kadonaga told Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News. She decided that her home town — known for its plentiful greenery — would provide the ideal bushes for Spicer to hide among, she told the Canadian Press.
So she found a headshot of Spicer — taken by photographer Chip Somodevilla for Getty Images — and had it blown up and printed. She placed it in shrubbery at a bank in Victoria, and shared a photo of the display with her Facebook friends.
Kadonaga posted the photo “as a chuckle for a few people,” she told CBC News. “I was really stunned as the picture of the preparation and the installation in the bushes kinda took off.”