Every day is throwback Thursday for the former chief photographer for Barack Obama in the White House, who appears to be attempting to troll Donald Trump on Instagram. Since he created his personal @petesouza account on 21 January, Pete Souza has attracted 800, 000 followers on the back of his intimate images taken behind the scenes of the Obama presidency. The snaps he has selected, and the moments at which he has chosen to post them, have been interpreted by observant Instagrammers as throwing subtle shade at the new president.
For instance, late last month, after Trump signed an executive order banning entry to the US from seven countries, Souza shared an image of Obama talking to a Muslim refugee in Kuala Lumpur: When Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court, Souza reposted a photo of Obama with his pick, Merrick Garland, who Republicans refused to consider for the role last year: The same day, as reports emerged that Trump told Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto over the telephone about sending troops south of the border to take care of “bad hombres” Souza shared a photo of Obama and Peña Nieto enjoying a tequila: After Trump’s acrimonious phone call with Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian prime minister, was reported as evidence of the deteriorating alliance between the two countries, Souza shared a photograph of Obama conversing with Turnbull at the Asean gala dinner in Laos last September: And after a report by the New York Times on Sunday of meetings being conducted in the dark because White House aides were unable to find the light switches, Souza shared a photo of Obama conducting a meeting beneath at least five light sources: More generally, Souza has highlighted the paucity of women in Trump’s cabinet: Meeting with top advisors. This is a picture. I guess you’d say I was trying to make a point.
A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Feb 6, 2017 at 9:29am PST, Souza lists his occupation in his Instagram bio as “TBD” — to be decided. He expands on his website that he “is currently a ‘free agent’ hoping that the Boston Red Sox need a utility player in the coming season”. His previous Instagram posts as chief photographer have been archived to the @petesouza44 account, maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration along with all other digital records of Obama’s time in office.