You guys have morning social media routines, right? I tend to check Instagram first, and when I come across a post by former White House photographer Pete Souza, I usually groan and think, “Ugh, what did Trump do now?” Apparently I’m not the only one.
Pete snapped President Obama back when he was a first-year Senator, and was by his side for the entirety of his presidency. His photos were acclaimed and became popular thanks to his ability of capturing moments big and small. But just because Barry left office, doesn’t mean Pete stopped posting photos of him online. In fact, he’s used it as a shady tool to comment on DT’s “governing” skills. And look, I don’t think Pete’s a bad guy for hitting back at 45 with cutting captions/photos of 44. I just think he’s “retaliating” in such a classy way that it’s worth giving attention to.
I don’t expect his posts to stop any time soon, so here are just some of my favorite shady comebacks by Pete over the past year, and DT’s jerk move of the day which prompted the post.
January 21st – Inauguration
January 27th – DT Signs Executive Order for Travel Ban
January 31st – Neil Gorsuch Nominated For Supreme Court
February 6 – DT’s Cabinet and Administration Not Diverse
February 7th – Betsy DeVos confirmed as secretary of education
February 11th – Awkward Handshake Number One With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
February 20th – “The Sweden Incident”
March 29th – DT Signs Executive Order at EPA Curbing Government’s Enforcement of Climate Regulations
April 4th – DT Orders Missile Strike In Syria
April 10th – DT Skips White House Passover Seder
May 4th – House Passes ACA Repeal
12:09 a.m. March 22, 2010. Treaty Room in the private residence. 80 minutes after Congress had passed the Affordable Care Act. The President was reading text messages on his Blackberry while waiting to make thank you calls. Someone had sent a message that ended with "your mother would be so proud." (His mother had died from ovarian cancer. She had spent her last days worrying whether insurance was going to cover some of the medical expenses because they might consider her cancer a pre-existing condition.)
Bonus: Melania Swats DT’s Hand Away (and one of my fave ever pix of the Obamas)
June 1st – DT Announces U.S. Will Pull Out of Paris Agreement (This is part of a larger photo series)
July 28th – Senate Rejects ACA Repeal
The closer. Throwback to two days before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. President Obama had to convince wavering Democrats to vote for the bill. The fact that he knew the details of the bill itself and the intricacies of health care policy made his calls more effective and thus more successful.
August 8th – “Fire and Fury” Against North Korea
August 12 – Charlottesville
August 19th – DT and Melania to Skip This Year’s Kennedy Center Honors
August 22 – DT To Extend Military Presence in Afghanistan
August 30th – Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston
President Obama greeting people affected by an F5 tornado in Joplin, Missouri that killed more than 100 people in 2011. “But that does not mean we are powerless in the face of adversity,” he said. “How we respond when the storm strikes is up to us. How we live in the aftermath of tragedy and heartache, that’s within our control. And it’s in these moments, through our actions, that we often see the glimpse of what makes life worth living in the first place."