Trump's Orb Photo Is Instant Meme
It calls to mind a sci-fi movie, maybe every sci-fi movie
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2017 7:26 AM CDT
President Trump opens the Center for Combating Extremist Ideology with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia King Salman.   (Saudi Embassy)

(Newser) – It was your ordinary photo op, this one featuring President Trump and the leaders of Egypt and Saudi Arabia as they opened the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Except it just happened to show them placing their hands on a glowing orb in a dark room, which called to mind, well, pretty much "every science-fiction/fantasy ever," in the words of CNET. "For clarification, this is not a Satanic ritual," reads one tongue-in-cheek tweet in wide circulation from, yes, the Church of Satan, notes the BBC. Almost instantly, Twitter was flooded with references to Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Superman, A Thousand and One Arabian Nights, Space Jam, and many, many more.

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