Barack Obama may have left politics behind for the time being – but his social media-famous photographer is not staying silent.
Pete Souza, who spent eight years following the former President as his official photographer, has been sharing pictures on Instagram that appear to be mocking Donald Trump over his more controversial moments so far in the Oval Office, according to Daily Mail.
One of the first signs of Souza’s feed skewing political was him sharing a 2015 photograph of Obama talking to a young refugee girl wearing a head-scarf at a Dignity for Children Foundation classroom event. He posted it on January 29 – two days after Trump signed his controversial travel ban executive order.
Another post that followers could easily read between the lines of was shared last Thursday, showing Obama laughing it up with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and New Zealand’s then-leader John Key at last September’s ASEAN Summit.
Just hours earlier, news of Trump’s confrontation call with Turnbull spread – which reportedly ended with the former reality television host hanging up on the Australian PM.
Souza posted the above picture of the former President at a Baltimore City public school on Wednesday- the same day Trump’s controversial pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, was confirmed.
Critics of DeVos have said she could be bad for public schools across the country. DeVos is planning a massive shake-up of schools, which could have a huge impact on Obama’s push for universal pre-k schooling
Souza poked fun at Trump quite clearly with another picture, showing Obama happily chatting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto over glasses over tequila in 2013.
And in one of the more blatant examples of trolling, Souza shared a picture of Obama sat in the Oval Office, along with the caption: “I like these drapes better than the new ones. Don’t you think?” The red drapes behind Obama in the picture have since been replaced by gold ones – a staple of Trump’s gaudy style.
Souza was able to give an incredible, inside look into Obama’s administration and family life during his presidency.
He frequently shared intimate pictures of the First Family, as well as the President during some of the signature moments from his time in power.
The veteran photographer had White House experience before signing on with Obama, having previously worked with Ronald Reagan.
– Daily Mail