Melania Trump turned 49 on Friday and the White House marked the first lady’s special day by posting birthday wishes and a photograph of her on Twitter.
But many tweeters questioned what they believed was a strange choice of image:
The photo from March shared by the official White House account showed Trump sat alone on an Oval Office couch as photographers snapped pictures of her husband, President Donald Trump, and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who were out of this particular shot nearby.
Here is the scene from another angle:
Wags on Twitter described the supposedly celebratory post as “sadness personified,” “so strange” and “lame.”
The psychology of this is so weird – is it a load of cameras and microphones focused on her husband who is just out of shot, and sitting like a “good wife” waiting for him to finish?!
Happy birthday! https://t.co/H63Z090Abc
— Adam Wagner (@AdamWagner1) April 26, 2019
To wish her a happy birthday, you posted a picture of the first lady looking miserable in a room full of people with their microphones and cameras pointed at someone else in the room? Classy 🤣🤣🤣
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) April 26, 2019
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
This is the saddest birthday picture EVER.
— Sweet Caroline 🌊🇺🇸🌊 (@CarolinaGhoul) April 27, 2019
This is depressing and cheerless and rather creepy. And very sad.
— Rogue EPA (@RogueEPAstaff) April 27, 2019
This photo is completely bizarre. No one in it is focusing on Melania, and she clearly has no interest in anyone in the room.
So, on second thought, completely appropriate. Well played.
— Tanya Miller (@xwordtanya) April 27, 2019