Trump/Romney Dinner Photo

Trump/Romney Dinner Photo

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The Trump/Romney Dinner Photo refers to a series of jokes about a photograph of Mitt Romney and President-elect Donald Trump eating dinner.


On November 29th, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump met with Mitt Romney and Reince Priebus at Jean-Georges, a restaurant located in the New York City Trump Tower, to discuss Romney potentially being Trump's Secretary of State.[1] Romney was an outspoken critic of Trump during the 2016 United States Presidential Election campaign, and Trump had mocked Romney's failure during the 2012 United States Presidential Election. Photographer Drew Angerer took a picture of the dinner in which Romney is turned toward the camera with a small smile while Trump is seen lit from below, smiling (shown below).


The photograph struck many as awkward, especially considering the two men's animosity towards each other, and Twitter users began making jokes about the apparent effort behind Romney's smile and the lighting appearing to make Trump look sinister. One of the first tweets of the photo came from @Walldo,[9] who posted it and invited his followers to "Caption this."

Follow Brandon Wall Walldo Caption this

Many compared Romney's smile to the well-known look The Office's Jim Halpert gives to the camera in wacky scenarios,[2] while others said it appeared as though Romney was selling his soul to the devil.[3] Some compared Trump's look to Saturday Night Live's David S. Pumpkins. [4] The popularity of the joke led it to be a Twitter Moment[5] and attract media coverage from The Daily Dot,[6] Mashable,[7] Romper,[8] and more.

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Hunter Schwarze @hunterschwarz Follow Mitt Romney is me every time go on a first date Josh Billinson øjbillinson Follow record scratch* freeze frame* "Yup, that's me, Mitt Romney. You're probably wondering how I ended up here" Elliott Morgan @ElliottcMorgan Follow You know who's good at social media? Me. I'm the best at it. Watch me make a meme right now, Mitt-- look at that camera. Very good." Adam Murray @Atom_Murray Follow I made the Trump/Romney photo black and white, and it looks like a Twilight Zone episode where a guy just made a foolish deal with the Devil Marc Caputo @MarcACaputo Follow "What's for dinner, Donald?" "Your dignity" Lindy West Φ @thelindywest Follow ep-of-the-sitcom-where-u-asked-him-2-watch- ur-hamster-&-he-accidentally-killed-it-&- replaced-it-w-an-identical-hamster-looking m-----------

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Don Staff

in reply to Lord of Trite

Misdirected anger. Trump gets clicks, but we are down the food chain from what is driving Trump clickbait on the internet. Our job is to document things that go viral, not to ignore things simply because they are over saturated.

Remember the anger from the era of advice animals? I didn’t like those memes either, but they were very popular during that time and we had to cover them.


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