Don't look now, but at long last 2017 is almost behind us, and 2018 is right around the corner. Congratulations! It's been a long and challenging year, and frankly, you deserve a pat on the back, a nice cup of tea, and all the naps you want between now and the new year. And, for that matter, you deserve some comic relief. So in that spirit, here are some of the most memorably ridiculous images of the 45th president of the United States from throughout the last year ― awkward photos of Donald Trump that, on some strange level, seem to define 2017.
After all, there are a lot of photos of Trump looking uncomfortable, awkward, or just plain weird out there, and he's now the most photographed person on the planet. So why not take a little trip down memory lane, and check out some of the highlights ― or as the case may be, lowlights ― of Trump's 2017 year in pictures?
Here are some prime examples of the genre, showing that this particular president has a very different energy in front of a camera than most of the previous ones have. It's definitely a sharp difference from his predecessor, at the very least.
Trump has been photographed numerous times over the last year holding up executive orders he's signed, and they all tend to be pretty highly meme-able.
2. Pretend To Drive That Truck, Mr. President
History will surely never forget the 45th president's big day behind the wheel of a big truck.
3. Two Hands For Safety
4. Don't Stare Straight Into An Eclipse
The one thing everybody was saying for weeks not to do. Literally the one thing.
5. The Hand-Hold Heard Round The World
After this photo went viral, British officials claimed Trump held May's hand to steady himself as they descended a ramp.
6. Just Smile Naturally For The Camera
This photo, taken at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference in November, probably didn't turn out quite how Trump had hoped.
7. Thumbs Up!
The south lawn of the White House, where the presidential helicopter Marine One lands, is the place to be for nighttime photos of Trump looking vaguely disheveled.
8. This Looks Casual, Right?
Again with the two-handed drinking technique, leaving nothing to chance.
9. The Hair's Trying To Escape
Contrary to popular belief, the president actually does have more than one hair style.
This makes me slightly uncomfortable.
11. Looks Very Reassuring
Remember the days and days of jokes everyone got out of this creepy photo of Trump grasping a glowing orb in Saudi Arabia?
12. TFW The Handshake Finally Ends
Trump took Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to the limit with an excruciating 19-second handshake back in February. Abe's face once it was over said it all.
13. You Get A Roll Of Paper Towels
While in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria completely ravaged the area, Trump threw rolls of paper towels to locals.
14. Not-So-Special Relationship
Trump didn't look very excited to be sitting next to May at the NATO summit in Belgium, did he?
15. The Handshake Snub
The press asked them for a handshake. Merkel asked him for a handshake. He sat there awkwardly and simply didn't respond.
16. So Excited
Trump could hardly contain his excitement on his inauguration day.
17. Out Of The Way
The prime minister of Montenegro was no obstacle to Trump during the NATO summit, as he pushed past him, complete with a self-satisfied jacket tug, to get to the head of the crowd.
18. A Difficult Decision
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to be weighing his options with this handshake offer.
19. Oh, Hi There
Is he waving or trying to get out?
20. Bit Windy Out
Yep, a tiny bit windy.
21. Triple Handshake
What is even happening?
22. Congratulations, Gorsuch
Honestly, weird handshakes are a whole thing with Trump.
23. Wow, Now That's Awkward
Ok, so this last one is actually a video, not a picture, but it was a little too awkward to pass up. Simply put, this year has seen a lot of off-putting moments out of Trump.
For some people, it probably seems like the first year of Trump's presidency went by more slowly than expected, and for others maybe it all feels like a blur. But regardless, the first calendar year of his presidency is about to end, even though his own personal anniversary won't be for another few weeks ― Jan. 20, 2018 will mark exactly one year since his inauguration.