Twitter says Trump looking at solar eclipse without glasses sums up his presidency
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump caught the attention of social media after photos emerged of the pair looking at the eclipse from the White House in Washington without glasses on.world Updated: Aug 22, 2017 09:50 IST
Sky-gazers stood transfixed across North America on Monday as the Sun vanished behind the Moon in a rare total eclipse that swept the continent coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly a century.
Millions of die-hard eclipse chasers and amateur star watchers alike converged in cities along the path of totality, a 113-kilometre wide swath cutting through 14 US states, where the Moon briefly blocked out all light from the Sun.
Festivals, rooftop parties, weddings, camping trips and astronomy meet-ups were held nationwide for what was likely most heavily photographed and documented eclipse in modern times.
On the sidelines of the celestial event, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump caught the attention of social media after photos emerged of the pair looking at the eclipse from the White House in Washington without glasses on.
From awe and tears to mocking Trump, here’s how Twitter users reacted:
North Korea’s state media too found time to mock Trump and call out to ‘US peasants’:
Donald Trump, squinting at partially eclipsed sun without protective lenses, proves himself to be an utter incompetent, jackass, and fool. pic.twitter.com/fG9iosnok1— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) August 21, 2017
Weeping United States peasants leave crops untended, as they urinate upon themselves in terror at Marshal Kim Jong-Un Solar Shade technology pic.twitter.com/9KmDMMhDFH— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) August 21, 2017
TRUMP SUPPORTERS: you've been told that you need special glasses to see the upcoming solar eclipse, but DO NOT FALL FOR THIS LIBERAL LIE— Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) August 19, 2017
i want someone to look at me the way Trump looks at the eclipse pic.twitter.com/15pfqYpkFy— oneyun da prophet (@oneyun) August 21, 2017
Mexico might have a laugh:
Tonight, Trump’s addressing the nation. Everyone should keep their eclipse glasses to protect eyes from the giant, orange ball of gas.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) August 21, 2017
Tomorrow's headline: "86% Of Trump Voters Stared At Eclipse And Went Blind, But Don't Regret Their Decision."— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) August 21, 2017
In fairness, looking directly into the sun, despite all the warnings, pretty much captures the Trump presidency https://t.co/cc69yhwTNf— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 21, 2017
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
Even Superman had to shield himself.
(PS: Donald Trump didn’t)
NASA Moon had something to say to the Sun. But Darth Vader jumped in with a warning
Dear Earth,— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) August 21, 2017
Just a warning, Alderaan thought they were just seeing an eclipse too.
Still, let’s remember it was a spellbinding celestial rarity:
PHOTO: TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017 from Green River Lake, WY. I truly think I had the most beautiful spot in the whole path. More photos soon. pic.twitter.com/jLDBMHJJU4— Ben Cooper (@LaunchPhoto) August 21, 2017
The best images from across the U.S. of the 2017 total solar eclipse are pouring in and they look epic pic.twitter.com/7tXAzB69gl— Mashable (@mashable) August 22, 2017
Unforgettable moments from the 2017 solar eclipse pic.twitter.com/96D2gWOr8D— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 22, 2017
First Published: Aug 22, 2017 09:27 IST