Melania Trump just posted this year`s official White House Christmas portrait, and there`s nothing homey or Christmassy about it.
I`m not a photographer, I can`t even take a decent selfie, but I can spot a bad photo when I see one.
The image has a surreal non-human quality, I wonder if the photographer was the famous Sophia the Robot.
The presidential couple looks two dimensional, almost like cardboard cutouts.
They are looking at the camera with big smiles, obviously the smiles aren`t a result of the warmth of their relationship, but the automatic reflex of politicians facing cameras.
They are holding hands, something Melania is loath to do with her husband, maybe the holding hands was photoshopped.
Melania`s infamous blood-red Christmas trees are nowhere to be seen, they posed in a room with normal-looking Christmas trees, except for the disturbing fact that the red Christmas balls aren`t hanging from the trees but are littered around the stumps.
The couple`s son, Barron, is not pictured, he was probably hanging out with a Secret Service agent or whoever is responsible for raising him.
The image is devoid of any religious symbolism: no Baby Jesus, manger scene or any other traditional Christian object.
Trump doesn`t even pretend to be an evangelical, no problem though, his white evangelical base still worships him.
I found myself unconsciously making the sign of the cross after looking at this execrable photograph.