Last week, President Donald Trump admitted that life in the White House wasn’t as great as he thought it might be ― especially when compared to the life he was used to in New York City. 

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

That previous life included going to the annual Costume Institute Gala ― the fashion world’s equivalent of prom ― and rubbing elbows with celebs, fashion icons and New York City’s elite. 

From 2004 to 2012, the 45th president and first lady Melania Trump attended nine Met Galas and by the looks of it, they both really, really enjoyed it ― especially compared to the strained body language we’ve seen from them in recent photos. 

Seriously, when was the last time you saw either of them light up like this? 

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President Trump and his then-girlfriend Melania at the gala with Ivanka in 2004.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka ― who once called the event one of her “favorites” and the “the most glamorous evening of the year” ― has attended with husband Jared Kushner most years, but the pair are reportedly too tied up at the White House to make it this time. President Trump will also not be attending.

Below, more photos of the Trumps having the time of their previous lives at the Met Gala: 


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