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Obama’s White House photographer trolls US President Donald Trump on Instagram

Pete Souza’s Instagram posts of former Potus appear to be a subtle commentary on the moves of the new president

world Updated: Feb 11, 2017 17:45 IST
Atisha Jain
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Former White House official photographer Pete Souza’s Instagram posts of former Potus appear to be a subtle commentary on the moves of the new president. (File photo)(AP)

Pete Souza’s term as the chief photographer at White House may have come to an end with Barack Obama’s tenure, but it seems Souza has a few thoughts on how presidents should behave.

Souza has taken to his Instagram account to post behind-the-scenes photos taken through Obama’s presidency, offering a subtle commentary on US president Donald Trump’s actions. In just two weeks, his personal account has garnered over 800,000 followers.

In one of Souza’s pictures, Obama is seen laughing with a young school girl who wears a head scarf. This was posted after Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Talking with a young refugee at a Dignity for Children Foundation classroom in 2015.

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

Instagrammers didn’t miss the hidden meaning behind his posts, “Pete we know what u doing, and we love it! ??” commented user arlene_berlian.

Another powerful picture shows just the legs of four people. While one wears men’s shoes – ostensibly Barack Obama – the other three are dressed in long skirts and heels. This was posted after a photo of Trump signing an executive order on abortion, surrounded by an all-male group of advisers, went viral.

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

The post reads “Meeting with top advisors. This is a full-frame picture. I guess you’d say I was trying to make a point.”

Throughout the course of his presidency, Barack Obama made a concerted effort to increase the number of women in top roles in the White House. Trump’s cabinet so far, “is more white and male than any first cabinet since Reagan’s”, reported The New York Times.

Most photos on Souza’s Instagram suggest that he has turned his account into a politically subversive piece of art.

A few days after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled his meeting with Trump, after the latter tweeted that Mexico should pay for the wall, Souza posted a photo of Obama chatting with Nieto over glasses of tequila.

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

If some of Souza’s photos are guaranteed to remind people of a better time in the past – hopeful faces at Obama’s inauguration, the President chatting amicably with the Australian prime minister – others make you think of what might have been.

After Trump nominated conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, overlooking Obama’s more liberal pick, Merrick Garland, Souza posted an image of Obama and Garland talking in the Oval Office.

Merrick Garland. Just saying.

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

Another image shows Obama with the family of six-year-old Alex who wrote to the President after looking at the heart-breaking photo of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old Syrian boy photographed in an ambulance. The caption reproduces Alex’s letter to the President in full, in stark contrast to Trump’s views on refugees.

Remember Alex, the six-year-old boy who wrote President Obama a letter about the Syrian boy photographed in the ambulance. Alex visited the Oval Office with his family the day after the election. "Dear President Obama, Remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home]? Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach us another language. We can teach him English too, just like my friend Aoto from Japan. Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him. Since he won't bring toys and doesn't have toys Catherine will share her big blue stripy white bunny. And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. I will teach him additions and subtractions in math. And he [can] smell Catherine's lip gloss penguin which is green. She doesn't let anyone touch it. Thank you very much! I can't wait for you to come! Alex 6 years old "

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on