The president was apparently a little out of it during Monday's Easter Egg Roll celebration at the White House. Standing next to Melania and his eleven-year-old son Barron, President Trump forgot to lift his hand to his heart during the national anthem and only remembered when his wife nudged him to do so. Even the president's young son managed to not make the same blunder. The president is lucky to have a first lady with such "impeccable" manners, as Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley put it.
The Easter Egg Roll was the first big event hosted by the Trump family and and the pressure to pull it off was widely seen as a test for the Trumps — especially for Melania, as the celebration is traditionally hosted by the first lady. While some reports painted the picture of an unprepared White House, the event appeared to go smoothly, though it was a notably less showy affair than previous Easter Egg Rolls.
"She wanted to get back to the tradition, so we're bringing back some traditional elements, like military bands, and focusing on the family itself," the first lady's communications director told CNN.
Melania showed some public excitement for the celebration on Friday by tweeting, "Looking forward to hosting the annual Easter Egg Roll at the @WhiteHouse on Monday!"
Roughly 21,000 people attended the event, and kids had around 18,000 Easter eggs to play with. While still a large crowed, it was significantly smaller than the previous year's attendance, which drew in an estimated 37,000 people.
That's a subtle nudge from Melania to remind Trump to lift his hand during the national anthem... https://t.co/P9XlYpjvcQ— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) April 17, 2017
In contrast to Michelle Obama's Easter Egg Rolls, were no celebrities in attendance at the 2017 event. Just last year, the Obama's celebrated their last Easter Egg Roll with famous guests like Beyoncé, Idina Menzel, and athletes from the NBA and NFL. "The focus this year is on the quality of the children’s experience," said a White House spokeswoman.
While the president and first lady took some time out to take photos with some of the children at the event, it seems like President Trump was eager to get back on message as soon as possible. "We will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before," he said to the crowd of kids during his welcome speech. "We are right on track. You see what's happening and we are right on track." Perhaps it was this bigger message that distracted him during the national anthem.