Melania Trump’s relationship with the rest of the universe is not like the one you or I have, and it likely never has been. When one imagines the childhood of a model — gawked at if in a regular school, fawned over if schooled another way — it’s not what you might call ideal for developing genuine, normal interpersonal skills.
By the time Melania took advantage of our generous immigration system, availing herself of an “Einstein visa” (which ultimately led to her becoming a citizen in less than half the time it takes most people who immigrate here), she was fully immersed in a world where no one is looking where they appear to be looking.
So the picture that the White House shared on Twitter today in honor of Mrs. Trump’s 49th birthday is actually sort of fitting.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 26, 2019
And just so you don’t have to click through to see the bigger version, here it is:
Now, I don’t know about you, but at first glance, this looks like a model being photographed in a fashionable green coat (seriously girl, where did you get that? My wife would love it!), and just keeps looking like that until you focus on any single thing in the photo.
She definitely has on her most practiced model expression, and there are definitely cameras — but they’re not pointed at her. In fact, they’re pointed offscreen, at whatever the microphones are also hovering above. I’m kidding, of course, it’s Donald offscreen.
Let’s see if we can articulate that properly with words… For her birthday, Donald got his wife Melania a picture of him having his picture taken.
Damn, that’s creepy. I don’t know if these Twitter users went quite as deep as all that when they saw the photo, but they certainly thought the pic was creepy as well:
This is a really lame picture. Why not wish her a happy birthday with a picture of her doing something?
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) April 26, 2019
What a lovely image of Melania with her faithful companion, an empty couch cushion.
— Lucas Barton (@OldSchoolGamer) April 26, 2019
Of all the photos of Melania you could’ve chosen, it’s the one where a gang of press is focusing on someone else while she depressingly looks at them pissed off.
— Patricia Lomden (@neverdisparage) April 26, 2019
Only THIS White House would post such absolute tone deaf garbage. I guess we’re supposed to be grateful she only looks alone and miserable instead of posing half naked, eating diamonds for breakfast. If you lower the WH bar any further we’ll have to dig a trench to find it.
— JoniJ (@GardenVix) April 26, 2019
Featured image is a screen capture.