Following a tradition established in 1878, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump kicked off the annual Easter egg roll at the White House Monday. But as the national anthem rolled out, Trump failed to do one simple thing: Put his hand over his heart.
Noticing her husband had failed to catch up, Melania nudged the president in a gesture that promptly reminded him what he had to do next.
The subtle nudge from Melania reminding Trump to put his hand over his heart for the National Anthem pic.twitter.com/iswL9YMVWv— Lis Power (@LisPower1) April 17, 2017
People on social media were quick to notice, taking the trolling of the president to Twitter.
@CapehartJ She had to nudge the 'prez' to make him put his hand over his heart during the national anthem. She's embarrassed— K. Ag (@KatyDSam) April 17, 2017
Did y'all notice how Melania had to nudge him to put his hand over his heart? The president forgot to put his hand over his heart. LOL. https://t.co/GCpOKZxU3J— XILLONA (@aloaizaaa) April 17, 2017
Calling it the "best nudge ever," many were in awe at his lack of respect, while others were just cracking some jokes.
best nudge ever tbh pic.twitter.com/nax2qKJAEJ— jeff in real life (@thecultureofme) April 17, 2017
@DaniellaMicaela he needs a nudge out of the white house— Dem Zimmer (@robertzimmer101) April 17, 2017
Petition to rename Melania 'Nudge Judy' https://t.co/4WaIntDyCQ— Garrett Bond (@Garrettisajoke) April 17, 2017
Some even noted that Melania, an immigrant, was the one who had to remind the president he had to put his hand over his heart.
And others pointed out that, if this had happened with President Barack Obama, conservatives would react much more negatively — especially if Michelle were an immigrant.
Regardless of what would have happened under different circumstances, it's surely nice to see that, at least in this case, the immigrant wife is showing more enthusiasm in following American traditions by saluting the anthem than the actual American president. But to those who are wondering, that isn't the exception.
According to the General Social Survey, immigrants and Hispanics often display patriotic feelings that are virtually identical to those displayed by Americans. So the idea that immigrants wouldn't be as dedicated to following American traditions is just baloney.
As you can see, your birthplace won't necessarily determine allegiances or patriotism.