A customary White House ceremony in honor of the Patriots – last year’s Super Bowl champions – became yet another embarrassing comparison to a more popular Obama event.
Two dozen or more Patriots players – nearly half the team – skipped out of the event, many of them in protest of President Trump’s divisive rhetoric and policies. (Some, however, simply had other commitments – like quarterback Tom Brady, who Trump pointedly did not mention in his congratulatory speech.)
When compared to how many Patriots players attended Obama’s ceremony in 2015, the difference in attendance is striking.
Trump is notoriously sensitive about poorly attended events. He famously claimed that more people attended his inauguration than Obama, despite obvious photographic evidence to the contrary.
“Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular Tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall,” Spicer said on Jan. 21st. “That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe.”
A closer look at Trump’s photo also hints at a less than… festive mood.
The players look like they’re at a funeral.
Look how excited everybody is to shake hands with the president!
Here’s what an Obama White House party is like.
Can you spot the difference? Look really carefully.
Can we throw an awesome White House party? Yes, we can!
Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. His less-political Youtube channel can be found here. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW