Barack Obama makes Trump’s wife smile at funeral, breaking the internet

Melania Trump (Photo Source: Twitter/@FLOTUS)

Many people looked askance at Donald Trump’s dubious decision to skip the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday, opting instead to play on the plush greenery at one of his golf resorts in Florida.

Trump dispatched his wife, Melania, as an emissary to attend on his behalf as the other former presidents and their wives — including Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama — paid proper homage to Barbara Bush, making Trump’s absence all the more conspicuous and awkward.

As fate would have it, Melania Trump was photographed and seated next to the Obamas during the photo opp and the service. At one point, former President Obama shared a warm exchange with Melania Trump that got plenty of reaction on social media.

As the organ hummed softly in the background, Obama turned and said something to the current first lady. Both smiled briefly. And that moment has Twitter in a tizzy and went viral worldwide, with many mocking the fact that Melania Trump rarely smiles in the presence of No. 45 but gave Obama a genuine smile during the most somber of times, the funeral of a former dignitary.

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Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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