Unless you've been under a rock, you're probably aware that a total solar eclipse was visible today from the United States. Many people, including the First Family, went outside and donned a pair of solar glasses (or used an old-school pinhole viewer) to take a look at the phenomena.
While the Trumps mostly followed directions and used proper eye safety protocol, one picture showed the president looking up at the sun sans glasses--a big no-no that could potentially result in eye damage.
This is the moment Trump became president— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) August 21, 2017
While the president seemed to be fine (and likely didn't suffer any lasting consequences given that it was literally a millisecond), the internet still had quite a bit of fun with the image.
President Trump just held a staring contest with the sun.— Vince Coglianese (@TheDCVince) August 21, 2017
It blinked. https://t.co/k0OhtjclFt
As he did this, someone in a crowd of aides below shouted "Don't look." pic.twitter.com/dtfSLEzcAZ— Ted Mann (@TMannWSJ) August 21, 2017
"Mister President, the news is saying you shouldn't look directly into the sun"— Barstool News (BNN) (@BarstoolNewsN) August 21, 2017
"Who's saying it"
Glasses are for cucks pic.twitter.com/SLrLGCjwrg— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) August 21, 2017
Ok, the big orange man-child looked straight at the eclipse, and I'm pretty sure he's now blind. pic.twitter.com/gqGhZI2iah— Oliver Cooper (@OliverCooper) August 21, 2017
When you’re a star they let you do it. pic.twitter.com/X8ZTPxjxdl— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) August 21, 2017
NO MR. PRESIDENT, NOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/Ex98oIPUVw— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) August 21, 2017
Front page of NASA vs. person who is technically in charge of NASA pic.twitter.com/al1htJUvrh— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 21, 2017
God: "For no man shall see Me, and live."— Tommy Tighe (@theghissilent) August 21, 2017
i’d make fun of trump but i also looked at the sun without glasses— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) August 21, 2017
(I did too, by accident.)
Many members of the Trump administration watched the eclipse. Attorney General Jeff Sessions looked as though he had a grand ole time watching the eclipse through a pair of safety glasses. Sessions and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross watched together on the White House balcony.
Most adorable eclipse photo goes to... Jeff Sessions pic.twitter.com/9w4GtWRfnV— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) August 21, 2017
Jeff Sessions looking at the sun, a montage: pic.twitter.com/nKaOOXa9PJ— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) August 21, 2017
The next total eclipse that will be visible from the United States will be in 2024. The Bush family will be ready.
Four generations of family taking in the partial eclipse today. Already looking forward to the next one in Texas in 2024! pic.twitter.com/3iSPh9iydA— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) August 21, 2017