One of the number one things you should never do is look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse.
In fact, it’s probably the only rule about solar eclipses.
Unfortunately, this was news to the President of the United States who was caught on camera squinting at the natural phenomenon with great anguish.
As the Guardian’s Ben Jacob’s describes it:
“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.'”
— ABC News (@ABC) August 21, 2017
Eventually, Trump got the memo and put the glasses on, but it wasn’t enough to stop Twitter from giving POTUS a rinse.
I cannot handle this right now. pic.twitter.com/JXjuHH2ivA
— Jules (@jules_su) August 21, 2017
— bonafidehoe (@pettyyonceh) August 21, 2017
Literally every news outlet: Don't look directly into the sun during the eclipse.
Donald Trump: pic.twitter.com/Xbd8d4K1GM
— RickyFTW (@rickyftw) August 21, 2017
Scientists: Don't look at the eclipse without special glasses
Donald Trump: Fake news pic.twitter.com/g4TlS34GpF
— Moe (@MoeAlayan) August 21, 2017
hahaha funny pic of Trump staring at the eclipse anyway he defended Nazis last week pic.twitter.com/1H4jbgRVIL
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 21, 2017
AIDE: You need to wear eclipse glasses.
TRUMP: Did Obama wear them?
AIDE: Yes – it's a safety issue.
TRUMP: Then it's settled. No glasses. pic.twitter.com/gXQrDat96l
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 21, 2017