For politicians, Memorial Day is generally a solemn occasion, with an appropriate level of gravitas required at any event. Not so for President Trump, who seemed to be in a party mood yesterday at a memorial, energetically singing along to the National Anthem.
The setting was Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. As the anthem played, Trump swayed back and forth, either singing or lip-syncing occasionally. Defense secretary James Mattis stood stock-still to his right, a grave look on his face.
Trump's baseball-stadium-style buoyancy did not go unnoticed on Twitter, where evaluations ranged from "sassy" to "a toddler" to "everyone's drunk uncle" to "#MAGA":
It is like whenever the national anthem is playing, Trump hears “happy birthday to me.”— drstef (@drstef) May 29, 2017
Trump is super extra during the national anthem, almost like he's overcompensating for something. pic.twitter.com/nioZnxYRUo— Lauren Werner (@LaurenWern) May 29, 2017
Trump Acts Like A GIANT Toddler, Isn’t Able To Stand Still During SOLEMN National Anthem, What Is WRONG With This Man?— InxsySparxs (@InxsyS) May 29, 2017
Trump's unorthodox tribute style echoes that of former president George W. Bush, who in 2016 was caught on video at a memorial for five fallen soldiers, singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" while swaying back and forth and swinging Laura Bush and Michelle Obama's hands with a vigor that was criticized as inappropriately enthusiastic.
At least he didn't flash anyone the middle finger.
Trump shows Italy's PM the middle finger pic.twitter.com/IGlO1TMoPg— Dennis Naghizadeh (@DNaghizadeh) May 28, 2017