Trump pulled a press stunt today, inviting the press in to cover his “negotiations” with Democratic Congressional leaders Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over funding the government and forcing U.S. taxpayers to foot the bill for his expensive border wall. (You know, the one Mexico was supposed to pay for.) It… didn’t go well.
While Trump publicly (and characteristically) botched the talks, there was someone else in attendance—Vice President Mike Pence. The VP may have technically been there, but his mind seemed to be elsewhere during Trump’s bickering.
Mike Pence was there too. He contributed several nods to the discussion.— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) December 11, 2018
Maybe it was an attempt to blend into the wallpaper or better yet, achieve a zen-like oneness with everything…
Prior to this meeting, Madame Tussaud’s rolled in this Mike Pence wax figure. pic.twitter.com/frH4FEG49U— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) December 11, 2018
not sure why Trump's having so much trouble finding a Chief of Staff when it seems that he filled the role of Vice President with a RealDoll— maura quint (@behindyourback) December 11, 2018
But Pence seemed to be getting his own personal government shutdown started early:
Mike Pence powered down to save electricity pic.twitter.com/TpFpa5mwrt— Max Burns (@themaxburns) December 11, 2018
And he obviously got dunked on for his best impression of someone trying avoid being spotted by a T-Rex :
Mike Pence looks exactly like our Elf on the Shelf during this discussion. pic.twitter.com/rdMSwBFHPO— jlisle (@jlisle) December 11, 2018
mike pence is the worst member of this improv team— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) December 11, 2018
Me: these edibles ain't sh*t— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) December 11, 2018
(30 minutes later) pic.twitter.com/VMCMTVek9v
Cool, MSNBC is showing Weekend At Mikey’s! pic.twitter.com/YKF0nD273N— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) December 11, 2018
George H.W. Bush was more animated at his funeral than Mike Pence was at today's oval office meeting. pic.twitter.com/4h3QTPf2T2— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) December 11, 2018
When my song comes on at the club. pic.twitter.com/6mDkBdHewT— Alex Baze (@bazecraze) December 11, 2018
When you fake sleep in the aisle seat of the train so no one sits next to you. pic.twitter.com/MlnbiiqFnL— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) December 11, 2018
What it looks like when the reptilian alien being that controls the Mike Pence skinsuit takes a bathroom break. pic.twitter.com/Dpy08XgqNG— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) December 11, 2018
There was speculation that Pence was simply uncomfortable meeting with a woman:
You guys, be fair. Mike Pence wasn’t sleeping! He was just shutting his eyes and pretending not to be there because a woman was present and Mother wasn’t available to chaperone. pic.twitter.com/u4yWSyX0Og— Adam Best (@adamcbest) December 11, 2018
Keep Pence in your thoughts, folks pic.twitter.com/mJ4wxV6g3P— Michael hates the holidays (@Home_Halfway) December 11, 2018
“Oh Mother, where art thou?” pic.twitter.com/Cjq38OGSAA— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) December 11, 2018
It’s gonna be pretty awkward when he has to sit beside Pelosi during the next State of the Union.