First Lady Melania Trump follows just five accounts on Twitter, and one of them is former President Barack Obama's.
Here's a screenshot of the First Lady's official Twitter account:
Her husband appears twice on the list, alongside Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence. That leaves just one other account—Obama's. In such a small group, it's rather conspicuous, prompting many to speculate about what it might mean.
British novelist Matt Haig was the first one to point it out on Twitter:
It's a lovely bit of husband-trolling that Melania Trump only follows five people and one of them is Barack Obama.— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) February 2, 2018
Reactions ranged from amusement...
hahahahaha!!! Keep wishing girl. You're stuck with that "thing" you call a husband. If the world is embarrassed by him, I can only imagine how you and poor Barron must feel.— TLee (@TLee702) February 9, 2018
Really hope she gets zero backlash from this ; if you know what I mean.— Ary (@Aryail123) February 10, 2018
Commiseration was also a consistent theme:
Following President Obama is the only way Melania gets to see how a good husband, a mature, responsible, honorable man behaves.— Janet Rubottom (@jrubottom) February 9, 2018
Hmmm... following my President Barak Obama will help her to see what a real man looks like, how a husband treats his wife, it is all in all a great thing. She probably follows Michelle too, she can learn a lot from her.— Aint.No.Stoppn.Fee (@FeeFmhloveslife) February 10, 2018
But others were suspicious of President Trump's possible motives:
I have a feeling it’s just her sick twist of a husband’s way of monitoring Obama without following him himself.— Tamara Mareno (@tamtype) February 9, 2018
Comedian Rickey Smiley asked the question on everyone's mind:
And Twitter users were more than happy to chime in:
The question should be does Michelle know . I’m sure she does lol.— keefe@2426 (@KeefeKimbrough) February 9, 2018
Speculation about Melania Trump's (un)happiness in the marriage has skyrocketed following the Stormy Daniels scandal last month, and the First Lady's subsequent decision to break tradition and travel without her husband from the White House to the Capitol.
This person seems to think her decision to follow Obama is a calculated one:
So beautifully passive-agressive. Such a lovely way to turn the knife.— 🐝 Queen B 🐝 (@DebAdadj71) February 6, 2018