On Wednesday, at the funeral of George H.W. Bush, the Obamas had to sit right next to the Trumps, and the couples got really awkward with each other.
Donald Trump has been absent from every other event with former presidents this year. At the funeral of Barbara Bush in April, he sent Melania in his stead.
But at the Washington National Cathedral, where friends and families joined the Bushes to say goodbye to America's 41st president, Trump showed up in all his glory. Body expert Judi James told The Sun that his arrival triggered uneasy reactions among all the previous presidents and their spouses.
Fireworks between the Trumps and the Obamas
However, the reactions between the Trumps and the Obamas caused the most fireworks at the otherwise sober event. According to body language expert Dr Lillian Glass, who spoke to Inside Edition, the Obamas made it clear that they had no love lost for the Trumps while exchanging pleasantries.
The handshakes between them were very cold:
Obama is very tense around Trump. He has a very phoney smile. His lips are pursed, his eyes are not crinkling. Michelle has this phoney smile. Her eyes are not crinkling, her lips are tensed. So, they are trying to be cordial but their true feelings are coming out.
The moment triggered instant reactions online.
Bill Clinton is trying not to laugh as he studies the Obamas' reactions to the Trumps.— And He Joked Again. (@AndyJokedAgain) December 5, 2018
I love the body language and the look on everyone's faces in that aisle as soon as Trump and Melania sat down. Priceless!— cindem (@cindem) December 5, 2018
The MOMENT was not awkward. It was awkward for the Obamas and the Clintons...— Marcel H. Van Herpen (@MarcelHVanHerpe) December 6, 2018
Obama lost the coin flip and had to sit next to the TRUMPS— Mr. Wavy Boy (@bangbwavy) December 5, 2018
Twitter users found the forced civility between the former first family and their successors hilarious. And some people think Bill Clinton could barely contain his laughter as he watched the moment unfold. The Obamas weren't necessarily 'going higher'. Should they have acted better?