President Obama’s official White House photographer Pete Souza doesn’t hide his feelings about the current White House administration.
He regularly posts pointedly chosen photos of his boss, the former president, on Instagram comparing and contrasting his behavior with that of Trump. The snarky, not-so-subtly critical captions often are juxtaposed with the current events of President Trump’s day.
An old photo of Obama with Prime Minister Theresa May has the caption: “Back when Prime Minister Theresa May respected a U.S. President. And vice-versa.”
Another photo of Obama reading the newspaper is captioned: “Back when we had a President who read a newspaper and didn’t call it fake news even when he was criticized.”
It’s known as throwing shade, and this fall, Souza will come to Chapel Hill to sign copies of “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents,” his upcoming book that compiles this photographic commentary.
The book is set to published Oct. 16. He’ll be at Flyleaf Books on Oct. 26. It’s a signing only, and a ticketed event requiring purchase of the book in advance. Tickets will be limited.
In a May 23 Instagram post announcing “Shade,” Souza wrote that the book is his expression of concern over “the future of our democracy.”
“We have a president who clearly does not understand democracy and the rule of law,” Souza wrote, lamenting Trump’s “reality game show” tendencies with “ratings and wins” as the goal.
Souza was official White House photographer for Presidents Reagan and Obama. He’s best-known for his tenure with the latter, which yielded up the 2017 best-seller “Obama: An Intimate Portrait.” It was drawn from the 1.9 million photos he took of Obama during his eight years in office.
Meanwhile, Souza’s Instagram Trump trolling continues. This week, the president has been making headlines overseas for adversarial statements regarding England.
In response, Souza posted photos showing a respectful Obama alongside Queen Elizabeth and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.
Flyleaf Books is at 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. For information, go to flyleafbooks.com or call 919-942-7373.