Millions of people all over the United States took time out of their day to witness the first total solar eclipse to sweep the country in 38 years, and the first family was no exception. Along with First Lady Melania Trump and his son Barron, President Trump watched the solar eclipse from the White House's Truman balcony.
The family stepped out around 2 p.m. ET to witness the rare sight. They all had eclipse glasses to safely look at the sun, though at one point Trump did seem to look directly at it, according to Tim Mann of the Wall Street Journal, reportedly spurring an aide to shout, "Don't look!" Although the phenomenon is a total eclipse, only 14 states experienced total darkness. From the White House, the Trumps saw roughly 81 percent of the sun covered by the moon.
First Daughter Ivanka opted to watch the eclipse from the National Air and Space Museum in D.C. Given her numerous tweets leading up to the event, she appeared the be the Trump family member most excited about it. On Thursday, she shared a NASA map demonstrating the coverage the sun would experience in difference states. On Sunday, she shared a post explaining how solar eclipses work: "Wondering how it works? In a solar #eclipse, the moon passes between the sun & Earth & blocks all or part of the sun for up to about 3 hrs."
That tweet subsequently sparked jokes on Twitter (like many things Trump does) connecting her father's administration to the event. "That's longer than most White House employees last," wrote Brook Lundy, founder of Someecards, in response.
"Don’t miss the total solar eclipse today," Ivanka wrote in a morning tweet. "Check out NASA’s live-stream to experience it from your home." She went on to post a gif of herself donning a pair of eclipse glasses. "Excited for
#Eclipse2017?" read the accompanying tweet. "Remember to wear your glasses #NASA#STEM"
Monday's eclipse was the source of many Trump-inspired jokes on social media during the week leading up to it. "Dear God, if you want us to impeach Trump, give us a sign," wrote one user. "Like blot out the sun… Anytime in the next week. Thanks, America."
President Trump's astrological chart was a source of concern for some. A Gemini born under a lunar eclipse, Trump's chart is filled with "fire and fury," according to Rebecca Gordon, an astrologer who writes for Harper's Bazaar.
"I am genuinely concerned about the future of our country and beyond with all of that is happening in Trump's astrological chart," Gordon told USA Today. "He and our nation are at a tipping point with this eclipse."
She added, "This is certainly the most crucial time in his life as this eclipse will peel back the curtains and reveal hidden truths as we have seen already in the months leading up to this eclipse."
Maybe Trump's chart knew he'd be looking directly at the sun during a full solar eclipse and risking permanent blindness.