Internet Having a Field Day With Donald & Melania Trump and Awkward Inauguration Imagery
Crowd size images were hardly the most embarrassing.
I genuinely can’t stop thinking about this pic.twitter.com/NW7uOu96tO
— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) January 23, 2017
Donald Trump’s inauguration was a bizarre and unhappy moment for many reasons, but through all of Trump’s bombastic self-aggrandizement, ridiculous arguments over crowd size, and genuinely bad first steps, one thing is sticking out: how much he seems to care (or not care) about other people.
As you can see in the image above, Trump seemed to race ahead of everyone else and go it alone, while the Obamas hung back with Melania Trump. He also bolted straight out of the car and up the steps when they first arrived, leaving her to trail after him. Then, there was another moment with Marines escorting Melania and Michelle down the stairs:
— April (@ReignOfApril) January 21, 2017
Of course, it’s just a more awkward day in general for the Trumps than the Obamas—and for us, as it was possibly the first time I’ve ever identified with George W. Bush, while he tried to use his poncho to crawl back under the covers and hide, and seemed to pretend not thear questions about what he thought of the speech as he raced back out of the spotlight:
Republican or Democrat I think we can all relate to George Bush putting on a poncho pic.twitter.com/Erm0yfiZ2P
— Seanny Drama (@SMSullivan3391) January 20, 2017
WASH POST: What did you think of the speech, President Bush?
BUSH: Good to see ya. pic.twitter.com/vptdaEmMgA
— Robert Costa (@costareports) January 20, 2017
But this comparison illustrates the difference between being an incoming and outgoing “first family” pretty well:
When it’s not your problem anymore pic.twitter.com/xIIvJDeiHf
— Teymour (@Teymour_Ashkan) January 24, 2017
But what really takes the (plagiarized) cake is the difference in Melania’s expression when Donald is looking at her as opposed to when he turns around:
Can y’all please look at Melania face when Trump turns around 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/L185ZsmvDo
— Joe Biden (@SavageJoeBiden) January 24, 2017
Really, none of this is a surprise, though. Donald Trump has been a known quantity in the American public for a long time, and his reputation is pretty much that of a wealthy, selfish, sneering ’80s movie villain—literally, he served as inspiration more than once, especially with Biff in Back to the Future Part II. Details about his treatment of past wife Ivana Trump are so, so much worse than simply not paying each other a lot of attention, so finding signs in these images that he’s not the most considerate guy isn’t exactly amazing detective work.
Really, Michelle Obama’s faces sum up our feelings about the day best, though:
It’s the Monday after Trump’s inauguration. Which Michelle Obama are you today? pic.twitter.com/FspcTqfYrm
— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) January 23, 2017
(image via ABC News screengrab)
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