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    President Donald Trump points skyward before donning protective glasses to view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington .

    A Long, Heavy Sigh: Trump Retweets Obama Eclipse Meme, Internet Goes Loony

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    US President Donald Trump retweeted a meme of him “eclipsing” former US President Barack Obama, with the caption “THE BEST ECLIPSE EVER!”

    No, really. Here it is.

    ​There are two stages of cringe after a given Trump tweet, we now know. The first is the tweet itself, which is, y’know, not great. The second is a cacophony of shrieking Trump opponents falling over one another to deliver the most scathing reply to the president.

    And here we are to present some of the better replies to Trump’s weak meme game.

    Many pointed out that a solar eclipse involves a small, cold, barren object (the moon) blocking out a huge, warm, bright one (the sun) for only a few minutes, creating total darkness for a brief period but then moving on and allowing the sun to shine once more.

    ​Of course, eclipse has another meaning: to overshadow the significance or prominence of something else. While approval ratings are a highly limited method of judging a president’s success, it is worth noting that 217 days into his own administration, Obama’s approval ratings “eclipsed” Trump’s — 51.7 percent to 37 percent.

    Eclipse also has a third, lesser-known meaning. It comes from the Greek verb ekleipo, which means “to cease to exist.” Perhaps Trump is trying to hint that he is about to shed his human costume and return to his home dimension, thus making Mike Pence president?


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