“How About No” was defined on Urban Dictionary  in 2005. In April 2008, an image macro with the phrase appearing as a caption on a photo of Dr. Evil was added to Threadbombing.  Three years later, it was also added to reaction photo repository My Face When.  In November 2011, the Facebook fan page “How About NO?”  was created, gaining more than 1,500 likes as of June 2013. At least two images titled “How About No” have appeared on the front page of Reddit including a photo of a dog submitted to /r/Funny  in May 2012 and a sloth GIF (shown below) submitted to /r/sloths in March 2013. Also that March, The Chive  posted a compilation of 25 photos that evoked the sentiment of the phrase. “How About No” is also a popular hashtag on Tumblr  , Twitter  and Instagram  , where more than 19,000 photos have been tagged #howaboutno.
But then the sketch takes a sharp left turn, in which the reporters (and by extension SNL ) shows Spicer a surprising amount of sympathy. The press corps suggest to Spicer that Trump might be lying to him, which prompts a long teleprompter ride to New York City to ascertain the truth. The silliness of McCarthy-as-Spicer fades, as the live sketch transitions into a Simon and Garfunkel-scored pre-taped film. Spicer's plaintive cries into the New York sky like "I promise I'll talk better!" actually evoke something akin to pathos. It's a fairly brilliant move, one that manages to serve as a retrofitted end of this spring's multi-episode Spicer narrative.