(CNN) There is literally only one rule with eclipses: Don’t look at the sun during all of them.
And, because three times is really a charm:
That is certainly Donald John Trump on the Whitened House South Portico, seemingly searching directly into the sun. At the peak from the solar eclipse. Without any sort of protecting eyewear on.
This, from the White Home pool report of the moment submitted by the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs can be, um, amazing: “At approximately two: 39, the President initially gesticulated to the crowd below and directed at the sky. As he did therefore , one of the White House aides position beneath the Blue Room Balcony yelled ‘don’t look. ‘”
Trump did, eventually, placed on protective eyewear — as do first lady Melania Trump.
what Their kid Barron got in on the activity too:
Heck, even “beleaguered” Lawyer General Jeff Sessions got at the protective eyewear bandwagon (alongside Business Secretary Wilbur Ross)!
Just in case Trump continues to be President when the next solar over shadow comes in 2024 — it could occur! — here’s a story he need to read. Titled “Can you really go blind looking at a solar eclipse?, ”
CNN’s Ashley Strickland produces:
“The retina may translate light in to an electrical impulse that the brain knows, but one thing it can’t convert to your brain is pain. So even though you’re excited about the eclipse plus think one brief glimpse on the sun before it completely conceals behind the moon is worth this — it’s not. There’s no internal induce that is going to let you know that you’ve looked at sunlight for too long. Any amount of taking a look at it is too long.
Even the smallest quantity of exposure can cause blurry vision or even temporary blindness. The problem is, you won’t understand whether it’s temporary. ”
Remember, Mr. Chief executive: “Any amount of looking is too lengthy. ”
CORRECTION: This story has been up-to-date to correctly identify where the Leader was standing.