Mike Pence touched a piece of space flight equipment marked “do not touch” during a visit to NASA headquarters Thursday in a gaffe that quickly went viral.
US Vice President Mike Pence visited NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Thursday and declared that “our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.”
A boots-on-the-ground strategy is always popular. When we’re talking about outer space, at least.
You might have thought, therefore, that Pence would have garnered hurrahs across social media.
Instead, it was a Reuters image of him touching a piece of valuable equipment that moved the Twitterati.
The problem was that the equipment was labeled: “Do not touch.” Or, in full: “Critical Space Flight Hardware. ‘DO NOT TOUCH.'”
Yes, the critical words were in inverted commas. On the other hand, they were in capital letters, so must have been important.
And so the tweets flowed. Some were polite.
C'mon dude, really? pic.twitter.com/SqZZ43exxl
— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) July 7, 2017
Some were decidedly more cutting, even offering reasons for the vice president’s personal proclivities.
Pence tours NASA
Sign:"Do not touch"
He can't stop, touches anyway
This is why Mother won't let him alone with girlspic.twitter.com/hoFwZkhgw6
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) July 7, 2017