Christopher Rosen
August 21, 2017 AT 03:02 PM EDT

Even President Donald Trump couldn’t help but look to the sky on Monday to view the first total solar eclipse since 1979.

Stepping out on the Truman balcony at the White House with his wife, Melania, and son Barron, Trump initially tried to look at the eclipse without protective lenses. In a live video posted to the official White House YouTube channel, an aide can be heard yelling, “Don’t look.”

After a brief pause, the president then pulled out his glasses. (Photo below.)

Andrew Harnik/AP

In the immediate aftermath, Trump was mocked online for his reaction.

See more photos of Trump and family watching the eclipse below.

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