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Pete Souza Throws Shade at the Trump Administration

by  | July 19

Pete Souza, the former White House photographer, is releasing another book of photos and stories featuring the Obamas. If you have been following him on Instagram (@petesouza) since the transfer of power to the Trump administration, you’ll enjoy his new book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents. Pete Souza served as the official White House photographer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama and was also the former director of the White House Photo Office.  

He’s continued to feature the Obamas on his Instagram and other social channels over the past year—subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) throwing shade at the current administration.  

His response to the Trumps’ infamous hand-holding incident 

Holding hands.

A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

His response to Melania’s “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” jacket: 

I’m excited to get this book to see what else Souza will be including and what stories he will share! The degrees of polarity across political parties seem more apparent than ever. Souza has gained a large following on his Instagram, as many people are looking to find a way to laugh during this tough political year.  

On Instagram, he recently revealed the cover for his new book and said in a previous post when he announced the work: My commentary on Instagram has been subtle, sometimes humorous, and certainly more respectful than his commentary on Twitter.”

Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents

Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents

by Pete Souza

Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Here, more than one hundred of Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama deliver new power and meaning when framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first 500 days of the Trump White House.

What began with Souza's Instagram posts soon after President Trump's inauguration in January 2017 has become a potent commentary on the state of the Presidency, and our country. Some call this "throwing shade." Souza calls it telling the truth.

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Obama: An Intimate Portrait

Obama: An Intimate Portrait

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During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else--and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid. Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office.

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America's First Families

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The Kennedy White House

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Saimah works on the Corporate Digital Marketing team at Simon & Schuster. She is a die-hard Harry Potter fan and loves dystopian fiction! She also enjoys reading celeb memoirs, modern romances and murder mysteries. When she's not reading, she is binge-watching her favorite shows, finding the best roof deck bars in the city and watching sporting events (while defending her Cleveland sports teams!).