Handy hint: Melania prompts Trump on national anthem protocol as Twitter implodes (VIDEO)
Trump was standing with the First Lady and their son Barron during a performance of the National Anthem ahead of the White House Easter Egg roll on Monday when he got a subtle reminder on traditional protocol.
*national anthem begins*— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) April 17, 2017
Melania & Barron place hands over heart
*Melania nudges Trump to do the same*
*Trump raises hand* pic.twitter.com/X59uYNg7rW
Melania and Barron had both raised their hands to their hearts as a sign of respect, but Trump’s mind appeared to have wandered elsewhere.
Perhaps the president was already counting up attendance figures for Monday’s annual event, which issued invitations to 21,000 people, as one Twitter user suggested.
@CNN LOL not very subtle. I am sure he was pondering something important like the crowd size.— Susan Guy (@smguy57) April 17, 2017
Others speculated that Trump had simply misinterpreted the moment as a pledge of allegiance to him.
Of course the fact that it took an immigrant to tell the US President how to behave during this traditional display of American patriotism only provided more fodder for netizens. While Trump’s misstep was met with routine trolling, Melania’s reaction was largely praised as a “real” moment between a married couple.
The 139th annual White House Easter Egg roll guest list included military families, children from local schools and hospitals, and children of staff members.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who previously donned the Easter Bunny suit during the George W. Bush administration, happily took on the role of storyteller at this year's event.
On this Easter Sunday, let us all pause and remember when Sean Spicer was the White House Easter Bunny in 2008. pic.twitter.com/OyhJspmOlZ— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) April 16, 2017
Spicer, however, did take a moment to pose with his Easter Bunny successor and share the snap on Instagram.
Last month the White House Press Secretary tweeted a picture of himself as the White House Easter bunny alongside the message “The good ole days – what I would give to hide in a bunny costume again.”