A brief photo op of the president of the United States and his family on a White House balcony looking in awe at a solar eclipse.
What could go wrong?
Social media exploded Monday when media outlets ran photos of President Donald Trump looking up at the eclipse without protective eyewear — after days of experts warning people about not doing just that.
At one point during the brief viewing, Trump gestured to the crowd below on the White House lawn and pointed up at the sky, according to a reporter’s pool report.
“Don’t look,” a White House aide standing below the Blue Room balcony shouted to the president.
And immediately everyone on Twitter was a comedian — including the comedians.
Filmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore mimicked the president with his tweet: “Dishonest, fake news media said don’t look at eclipse w/o glasses, so I did! JOBS!”
Comedian George Wallace chimed in with, “I mean seriously, ALL he had to do was not do something stupid while bein’ photographed looking at the damn eclipse and whatnot.”
But some of the sharpest digs came from average @janes and @joes.
Trump “doesn’t need protective eye wear! ‘I have the greatest corneas of all time, really. The best,’” @shawnahaze tweeted.
“You know Sean Spicer would have argued so hard that Trump didn’t look into the eclipse,” MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin tweeted.
@Papapishu imagined this exchange — “TRUMP: So I can just look right at the eclipse right? NASA: you know what? sure.”
@danWorthington tweeted: “Scientists: Don’t look straight at sun during eclipse. Trump: Hold my glasses.”
But not everyone was amused.
“I don’t like the guy either, but seriously people — stop nit-picking everything he does,” @chicagosean tweeted. “Jesus.”
But @4everNeverTrump concluded, “I honestly didn’t think there could be a way Trump could embarrass us just by watching a solar eclipse.
“Yet, here we are.”
I mean seriously, ALL he had to do was not do something stupid while bein' photographed looking at the damn eclipse and whatnot. pic.twitter.com/Ty9c3dSHnc— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) August 21, 2017
Literally everyone everywhere:— Nebby (@nebbywithab) August 21, 2017
don't look at the eclipse even a few seconds can cause irreparable damage
Trump:Liberal media! Fake news! pic.twitter.com/BYiG8nhOH9
Eclipse proved that if you tell Trump not to do something HE WILL DO IT. Jedi Mind Trick time:— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 21, 2017
-Most of US pic.twitter.com/4hIJTnDwLQ
Despite warnings from every friggin' doctor and scientist in the country, Trump watched the solar eclipse WITHOUT wearing safety glasses! pic.twitter.com/V0ISkB1vHL— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 21, 2017
In the most predictable move imaginable Donald Trump stared at the eclipse without glasses. pic.twitter.com/rgweLsKpsn— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 21, 2017
You know Sean Spicer would have argued so hard that Trump didn't look into the eclipse.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 21, 2017
Gotta love Trump Rawdogging the eclipse pic.twitter.com/925GFZJ5OV— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) August 21, 2017
Out of town trying to unplug and a friend here mentioned Trump looked at the eclipse to prove science is fake. I thought they were joking. https://t.co/dAq4B1fITi— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 21, 2017
i was in charge of making sure 3 year olds didn't look into the eclipse without their glasses and they did better than trump lmao— idiot sandwich (@dbarber726) August 21, 2017
I don’t like the guy either, but seriously people — stop nit-picking everything he does. Jesus. https://t.co/iLANCiQeEH— Sean McLaughlin, NLD (@chicagosean) August 21, 2017
I honestly didn't think there could be a way Trump could embarrass us just by watching a solar eclipse.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) August 21, 2017
Yet, here we are.
Scientists: Don't look straight at sun during eclipse.— DAN (@danWorthington) August 21, 2017
Trump: Hold my glasses. pic.twitter.com/3MySTJYq4d
In a cabinet meeting, Jared and Ivanka urged Trump not to look directly into the eclipse, but— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) 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
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
Trump duels the eclipse w/o glasses, becomes cool blind pres. He will learn piano, wear big shades like Ray Charles. It's smart & will work.— Joe Trohman (@trohman) 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
"President Donald Trump looked directly at a solar eclipse today" is objectively the stupidest sentence of all time— 17 follower guy whose pinned tweet is a reply (@boring_as_heck) August 21, 2017
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
Once upon a time we had a smart president— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) August 21, 2017
But now we got one dumb as a stump
And there's nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the Trump
President Trump stared into the eclipse without glasses, which seems about right https://t.co/LmGh8F3Ugi— New York Magazine (@NYMag) August 21, 2017
The last time I saw a total eclipse in the US was on March 7 1970.The new President at the time,Richard Nixon ended up resigning.Just sayin!— Trump's not my Pres (@Nysteveo2AOLcom) August 21, 2017
President Trump Stares Directly at Solar Eclipse Without Glasses, Despite Ivanka's Warning https://t.co/Lcpf5fbDs7— TMZ (@TMZ) August 21, 2017
Looking right into the sun steals your soul oh wait https://t.co/F7hbNCvYvT— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) August 21, 2017
on my way to drawing class— jack (@jack) March 22, 2006