But he faced another, in some ways bigger, risk.
This one came not during the eclipse itself but in the hours after as photos of him gazing upward ― both with and without protective lenses ― quickly became fodder for anyone with a little free time for some Photoshop.
Here are some of the social media burns that resulted:
This captures the entire presidency in a single picture. Doing exactly what he's not supposed to do at the risk of lasting damage. pic.twitter.com/Mw3aC41Gtr— Joel Searby (@Joel_Searby) August 21, 2017
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.