The US presidential elections in 2016 remain unique and quite remarkable in the history of the country, not only because the first presidential candidacy of the New Yorkers since 1944 brought a major political turnaround, but also because they made some unknown personalities quite famous. One of the few people who made history in the historic election is Ken Bone, a rarely known personality who has now become one of America’s heroes.
For those who don’t know who Ken Bone is and why he became famous, this article should give a perfect answer to their questions.
Who Is Ken Bones and Why is He Famous?
Kenneth Bone is known to those close to him as a coal-fired power plant operator from Illinois. The white Midwesterner suddenly became a figure of great interest after asking a question during the second presidential debate in October 2016.
The debate, which took place at Washington University in St. Louis, could have ended like all others of its kind if the politically ambiguous Ken Bone in his red sweater had not raised a remarkable but delicate question about US energy policy that would have affected every American deeply in his heart.
Relying on the two major presidential candidates – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump – Bone changed the almost tense atmosphere to a more relaxed one in the October 9 debate, when he suddenly raised the question of how the country would move toward cleaner energy jobs while minimizing energy job losses. Although he seemed more indecisive at the end of the debate as to which of the two candidates he should vote for, his questions seemed to have been directed specifically to Hilary Clinton after her infamous statement “putting a lot of coal miners out of business”.
“What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job losses for workers in fossil fuel power plants? asked Ken Bone.
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Bone’s question was very important at the time because it was the only question that the presidential candidates had to answer in order to formulate a substantive policy. His question drew people’s attention to what every well-meaning citizen wanted from the candidates: an honest discussion about politics as presidential candidates, rather than the outrageous statements and parade of attacks that the 2016 election had degenerated into. Bone’s question was the first of its kind in the US presidential or vice-presidential election cycle to deal directly with energy or the environment.
Ken Bone’s rise to fame was not only due to his question, the audience was attracted for the first time by his sweater-clad appearance at an unpleasant political event. When the host of the debate, Anderson Cooper, asked him to ask his question, the audience laughed heartily as he stood up and mentioned his name, which at the time sounded too funny, coupled with his comical appearance. His red sweater gave him an innocent fluff that attracted almost everyone around him. Mr. Bone continued to wear the sweater after the debate during his media appearances to the extent that it became his trademark.
To make matters worse, he described himself as a “hugging, likable guy in the midst of the nasty and divisive debate”. He automatically became a social media hero after his question and won over 240 thousand followers on his Twitter page.
His temporary rise to fame was a clear example of how the Internet can change perception almost instantly. His question was tweeted over tens of thousands of times. He even inspired a number of Facebook pages with thousands of his own fans.
Ken Bone: Family, Wife
Ken has a beautiful wife whose name is Heather Bone. She and her husband became famous on social media overnight after he paid tribute to her for making the iconic Plan B wardrobe choice for the debate.
Heather Bones is Kennet Bone’s high school sweetheart, who was later married to him several years ago. Although she is relatively new to social media, her husband’s fame has also brought her Twitter page a massive increase of over 1,730 followers.
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According to Ken’s confession in the New York Times, it appears that Heather originally bought the red sweater so that her husband would wear it to The Phantom of the Opera. The red sweater suddenly became the best at the moment to replace the already torn olive suit that he had wanted to wear earlier. The couple has a son named Logan, who at the time had a share in his parents’ fame in social media. Unfortunately, there is no further information about Bones’ parents and members of his extended family. Ken describes his wife as the best person he’s ever known.
Ken Bone’s Sudden Fall
Much to people’s dismay, Ken Bone’s fame was short-lived after he agreed to do a Reddit Ask me Anything that allowed anonymous people to read through his story as an anonymous Reddit user. A few days later, the news that he was a hero evaporated, leaving room for another Ken Bone story that made him more bad than good.