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Twitter users mercilessly mock Mike Pence for 'Elf on the Shelf' performance in Oval Office

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 12/11/2018 William Cummings

Mike Pence et al. sitting on a bench in a suit and tie © Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence drew Twitter users' attention Tuesday with his restrained performance during a heated Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders. 

Pence sat stoically as his boss got into testy exchanges with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and the likely next Speaker, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. 

And he didn't say a word. 

As one Twitter user phrased it with a holiday metaphor, Pence sat there "exactly like our Elf on the Shelf." 

In a review of his performance, New York Times culture writer Sopan Deb declared Pence to be "the worst member of this improv team." 

"Mike Pence powered down to save electricity," said Max Burns, the communications director for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. 

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Radio host Dean Obeidallah wondered if Pence "is actually still alive" or if it was a "'Weekend at Bernie's' type scenario where they just prop up Pence at meetings." 

Here are some other reactions to Pence's quiet moments amid a chaotic meeting. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Twitter users mercilessly mock Mike Pence for 'Elf on the Shelf' performance in Oval Office

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