These Eclipse Tweets About Trump Staring Into The Sun Are Almost As Good As The Actual Thing
Monday's solar eclipse offered Americans the opportunity to come together to witness a spectacular force of nature. However, experts warned beforehand that because of the harmful effects of starting at the sun directly, viewers should take measures to either obtain proper viewing glasses or create their own device from which to view the eclipse. The president joined in on the festivities from the White House, but apparently didn't get the safety memo because at one point President Donald Trump didn't wear his eclipse glasses, and Twitter couldn't hold back the jokes.
As the eclipse reached the East coast, photos of the president squinting up at the sky began circulating. Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump and their 11-year-old son, Barron, stood on the Truman Balcony at the White House to view the eclipse. The Hill wrote that a reporter asked Trump how the eclipse was and the president gave a thumbs up.
Although scientists have cautioned against looking at the sun during an eclipse for fear of permanent eye damage, Trump slipped a peek during the viewing. But he's not the only one. Plenty of others also admitted to squinting up toward the sun during the eclipse on Twitter, where users also cracked jokes at the president's face while he was taking in the scene.
Below are some of the best jokes about Trump watching the eclipse without glasses.
1. He Became President
This is the moment Trump became president— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) August 21, 2017
2. "Why Can't I Reach?"
“why can’t I reach it" pic.twitter.com/viQvA0FSiA— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) August 21, 2017
3. You're Doing Great
4. Don't Do What Trump Did
if nothing else inspires you to avoid looking at the eclipse, let it be the fact that Trump did. https://t.co/HjMvXvy4LE— king crissle (@crissles) August 21, 2017
5. Fake News
Scientist: Don't look directly at the sun.— DC Maryland Virginia (@DMVFollowers) August 21, 2017
Trump: 'Fake News' pic.twitter.com/cSAIKMiGkd
6. Sums Up Trump Presidency
7. Are You Surprised?
RT if you're not surprised Trump looked directly into the eclipse pic.twitter.com/G41K0lsxpZ— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) August 21, 2017
8. Did Obama Wear Them?
AIDE: You need to wear eclipse glasses.— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 21, 2017
TRUMP: Did Obama wear them?
AIDE: Yes - it's a safety issue.
TRUMP: Then it's settled. No glasses. pic.twitter.com/gXQrDat96l
9. Find Someone Who Looks At You Like
11. Not So Fast
Everyone: holy shit! The eclipse made the news fun again!— Amy Odell (@amyodell) August 21, 2017
Trump: not so fast, I'm buffooning here! https://t.co/x5QTsklyWn
12. Ivanka And Jared Tried To Lobby Trump
Waiting for the inevitable Politico piece detailing how Jared and Ivanka tried to privately lobby Trump not to stare at the sun. https://t.co/Lzf41Exdm0— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 21, 2017
13. So I Can Just Look Right At The Eclipse Right?
TRUMP: So I can just look right at the eclipse right?— Chris Person (@Papapishu) August 21, 2017
NASA: you know what? sure. pic.twitter.com/rxwy2CNMqq
14. Did Obama Do It?
TRUMP: Did Obama ever look directly into a solar eclipse?— Benjamin Freed (@brfreed) August 21, 2017
KELLY: No, sir. It’s very dangerous to look directly at the sun.
15. Jared And Ivanka Tried
In a cabinet meeting, Jared and Ivanka urged Trump not to look directly into the eclipse, but— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) August 21, 2017
16. Donald Trump Truly Became Blind President
this is the moment when Donald Trump truly became blind president https://t.co/sGCzMdXWgX— Dan Kois (@dankois) August 21, 2017
17. Some Admitted They Did It Too
Everyone is laughing at Trump for looking at the sun without glasses but I looked without glasses so I cannot throw stones. Or see the photo— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) August 21, 2017
18. These Eyeballs Haven't Worked In Years
"These things?" Trump says, knocking on his eyeballs. "Haven't worked in years. They're phonies anyway. Plink plink. What are you gonna do"— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) August 21, 2017
19. Turn Around
20. The Sun Was Facepalming
it wasn't an eclipse— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) August 21, 2017
the sun was facepalming pic.twitter.com/p6JzFeHOXX
21. I Meant To Go Blind
id say theres about a 50% chance this happens later pic.twitter.com/dQ1zqZWxqv— leon (@leyawn) August 21, 2017
While the Trumps were taking in the eclipse from the Truman Balcony, other members of the administration were gathered around the White House as well. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also watched the eclipse at the White House, with NASA eclipse glasses. Meanwhile, First Daughter Ivanka Trump and family took in the sights from the National Air and Space Museum in D.C.