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Did President Trump just stare directly at the solar eclipse without glasses?

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 21/08/2017 By Jaclyn Reiss
President Donald Trump pointed skyward before donning protective glasses to view the solar eclipse. © Andrew Harnik/AP President Donald Trump pointed skyward before donning protective glasses to view the solar eclipse.

Did President Trump throw caution to the wind and look at the eclipse without special protective glasses?

Photos of the president appearing to stare up at the sun from a White House balcony circulated online, with many mocking Trump for not donning protective eyewear first.

But videos showed that Trump wasn’t as cavalier as the still images made it seem: He looked up for a brief moment with his naked eyes beforehand in what appeared to be a joking manner before putting on his glasses. (One ABC journalist could be heard saying nervously over the video, “I hope somebody gave the president and first lady some approved glasses by NASA.”)

Someone in the crowd below could also be heard yelling advice: “Don’t look!”

Later, Trump — flanked by his wife Melania and son Barron — donned the protective glasses to stare at the eclipse for about 30 seconds before taking them off, and then merely glanced upwards for a split second before looking back down and putting the eyewear back on.

The incident was a reminder that, once again, a photo isn’t always what it seems.

Still, that didn’t stop photographers from capturing the moments when the president glanced upwards.

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