Of all of the weirdness and inscrutability to come out of Donald Trump’s trip to Biarritz, France for the G7 World Summit, it’s hard for us to decide what struck us as the oddest. Was it the high heels we caught him in on his way to dinner? Was it that he rambled about the weather while Emmanuel Macron tried to talk policy? Was it his obsessed ranting about Barack Obama?
I’d like to think that at least his supermodel wife made a tiny bit less of an ass of America while overseas since she’s so used to the real jet-set crowd, rather than the gold-plated faux bourgeois embodied by her husband. But even Melania was making faces while the hubs discussed her drinking habits and accidentally admitting she doesn’t speak as many languages as she says she does.
Thankfully, faithful White House photographer Shealah Craighead was on hand to at least show us still photos so we could imagine having some semblance of a normal presidential administration, and the professional photographs that the White House published on its Flickr stream do so admirably, with pictures of groups of world leaders, one-on-one meetings, the scenery in France, and of course lots and lots of feet. Hoo boy, the feet.
Now, I’m not calling Craighead a fetishist or anything, but this is either someone who’s snuck into Melania’s room and tried these $1,000 heels on at night, or it’s a straight-up advertisement:
Admittedly, those are some sweet-ass shoes. But as part of the official WH account of the trip? It just seems a little too on the nose to not imagine Melania standing behind Craighead as the photographer sheepishly shows her the pictures her team has taken, a la Love Actually: “Zis seems a little close up, don’t you sink?”
Not to worry, Mel — your digital scribe seems more than a little obsessed with feet other than yours alone. Sure, there are almost a hundred pictures in the Flickr album “#G7 Biarritz,” but tell me your eyes don’t immediately find feet in these ones:
I’m pretty sure that last one is shot from actual shoe-level.
Twitter was disturbed as well:
this is such bad photography generally, but the cut off heads with focus on Trudeaus socks is just 🤪
— Sabine (@frau_liesel) August 27, 2019
What’s with the weird floor/feet shots?
— Jake R. (@hashtagjake17) August 27, 2019
What’s the fascination with feet, I wonder?
— Bonnie Schlobohm (@BonBonWC) August 27, 2019
Yes, we all wonder. In the meantime, let’s just change the subject, shall we? Because this is a little creepy.
Featured image via White House Flickr