President Trump and first lady Melania Trump viewed Monday’s once-in-a-generation solar eclipse from the White House.
The couple stood with their son, Barron, on the Blue Room Balcony — while wearing special protective glasses — to take in the eclipse as it made its way through the Washington area.
Trump took off the glasses momentarily, gestured to a large crowd of aides standing below on the South Lawn, looked up and pointed to the sky. One of the staffers shouted “don’t look.”
A couple of minutes later, Trump, with his glasses back on, turned his head upward and watched the eclipse for around a minute and a half as the eclipse reached its apex.
When a reporter asked him “how’s the view,” the president gestured back with a thumbs up.
He did it. pic.twitter.com/a7tHOcyEVy
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 21, 2017
WASHINGTON, August 21, 2017 — President Donald Trump looks directly into the solar eclipse. pic.twitter.com/UedUycAO4o
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) August 21, 2017
No glasses? (Pool video) pic.twitter.com/FKfBGuQOjR
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) August 21, 2017
There’s literally only one rule with eclipses: Don’t look at the sun during them.
Which brings me to the President of the United States:
President Donald Trump looks up toward the Solar Eclipse while joined by his wife first lady Melania Trump on the Truman Balcony at the White House on August 21, 2017.
That’s Donald John Trump on the White House South Portico, seemingly looking directly into the sun. At the peak of the solar eclipse. Without any sort of protective eyewear on.
This, from the White House pool report of the moment filed by the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs is, um, amazing: “At approximately 2:39, the President initially gesticulated to the crowd below and pointed at the sky. As he did so, one of the White House aides standing beneath the Blue Room Balcony shouted ‘don’t look.’”
Trump did, eventually, put on protective eyewear — as did first lady Melania Trump.
The president was joined by a number of top officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, trade representative Robert Lighthizer, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, communications director Hope Hicks and daughter Ivanka Trump.
On Twitter, all anyone wanted to do for a few moments was talk about Trump looking directly into the eclipse without protective glasses.