Photograph Of The Day

Someone's not pleased with President Trump.

President Trump is headed to Fayetteville, North Carolina and apparently, there are some storms down there today:

A lightning strike just behind Air Force One after President Trump arrived in Havelock, N.C., on Monday evening was captured in a dramatic photo taken by CNN.

CNN politics supervising producer Steve Brusk first tweeted the photo with a caption saying the president had to cancel a scheduled tour of Hurricane Dorian damage because of the thunderstorms. 

“This was a lightning strike behind Air Force One shortly after he arrived,” the tweet said

Trump also tweeted the photo, calling the strike “amazing.”

The photo was taken as Trump heads to a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., to support the Republican candidate, state Sen. Dan Bishop, in a special election taking place Tuesday.

The president is visiting the state three days after Dorian made landfall there.

Here’s the original tweet from CNN producer Steve Brusk:

Feel free to come up with your own captions in the comment thread.

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  1. Mister Bluster says:

    Noah! How long can you tread water?

  2. An Interested Party says:

    Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain

    Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy

    Thou shalt not commit adultery

    Thou shalt not steal

    Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

    Thou shalt not covet (neighbor’s house)

    Thou shalt not covet (neighbor’s wife)

    Thou shalt not covet (neighbor’s slaves, animals, or anything else)

    From you know who…

  3. Mister Bluster says:
  4. Kathy says:

    Any idea why Dennison took a 757(*) rather than the regular 747?

    (*)It’s hard to tell the modern cookie-cutter twin jets apart these days. The sets of four wheels on each of the main landing gear is common in the 757 but not in the 737.

  5. Mister Bluster says:

    Maybe he is unduly tired…

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    “I dare him* to turn me into a pillar of salt!”

    * because you know in trump’s mind, god is a man. Genderless, but still somehow someway, a man.

  7. gVOR08 says:

    Yes. That’s clearly not a 747, I was just checking that out. Per WIKI,

    The Boeing C-32 is a military passenger transportation version of the Boeing 757-200 as designated by the United States Air Force. The C-32 provides transportation for United States leaders to locations around the world. The primary users are the Vice President of the United States (using the distinctive call sign “Air Force Two”), the First Lady, and the Secretary of State. On rare occasions, other members of the U.S. Cabinet and Congressional leaders have been authorized to fly aboard the C-32 for various missions. The C-32, since its debut, has also served as Air Force One in place of the larger VC-25A to airports that cannot accommodate the Boeing 747-based ‘jumbo’ jet.

  8. Franklin says:

    Lightning is attracted to a walking dumbbell? Shocking, I know.

  9. Franklin says:

    Have you ever heard that the hair on your head would stand up a moment before you get struck by lightning? I wonder what would happen to Trump?

  10. CSK says:

    @Franklin: Perhaps his mushroom would sprout.