When the White House released photos of Donald Trump "hard at work" on Saturday after the government had shut down on Friday night, their ostensible goal was to show that the president was doing everything possible to avoid the shutdown. Twitter, however, had other ideas. Numerous memes and tweets of Trump on the phone, one of the photos the White House released, revealed that few people were actually convinced of the president's work ethic.
The photograph of Trump talking on the phone, for example, drew criticism based on the fact that it showed Trump talking on the phone at an empty desk, lacking even a pen and paper. Another photo showed him striding down the West Wing Colonnade alone, and a third showed him surrounded by senior staff members at the White House. It appears as though they're all clearly and laughing at something he's said, but Trump himself is standing with his mouth shut. Another much-mocked element of the photo collection was the fact that in each one, Trump is wearing a white MAGA hat.
The White House's strategic mistake, however, is your comedic gain — here are some of the best jokes to come out of this particular photographic misstep.