The Big Rig
President Trump has done the standard White House picture opportunities: the bill signing, the handshake with a foreign leader, the remarks in the Rose Garden. But in his first six months in office, he’s also shown a decidedly boyish enthusiasm for photo ops involving things like trucks. Most notably, he climbed into the cab of a big rig in March during a visit by a trucking group.
The Fire Truck
The truck photo was criticized, since it was taken even as the Republican health care bill was failing in the House. Online, Trump critics turned it into a meme. But that didn’t seem to bother Trump, who went ahead in July and climbed into a fire truck for a very similar photo op even as the health care bill was faltering in the Senate. “Where’s the fire?” he joked. “I’ll put it out fast.”
The Hard Hat
In a way, these photo ops are a natural outgrowth of Trump’s old career as a real estate developer, a job where people in dressy clothes often put on hard hats and walk around heavy equipment to show off to reporters the site of a new casino or apartment building. That’s something Trump has done for decades.
The Coal Miners
They’re also an extension of his policies. During the campaign, Trump talked a lot about bringing back blue-collar manufacturing jobs and helping struggling industries like coal mining. His rhetoric often focused on specific concrete things that can be built, such as a border wall or improvements to roads and airports.
The Aircraft Carrier
The Flight Suit
The Baseball Bat
The Cowboy Hat
And if it also risks making him seem a little too boyish, that’s not entirely a negative either, considering he is the oldest person ever elected president in the United States.