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Obama's White House photographer is now America's foremost purveyor of anti-Trump Instagram shade

A timeline.

As the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama, Pete Souza spent eight years capturing snapshots of some of the most intimate and important moments in Obama’s tenure. Now he’s sharing those photos to create the Instagram version of a subtweet of President Donald Trump.

It all began on January 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration. When photos circulated showing that Trump had redecorated the Oval Office with golden drapes, Souza took to Instagram to let everyone know he preferred Obama’s aesthetic choices.

I like these drapes better than the new ones. Don't you think?

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Then on January 30, amid the controversy resulting from Trump’s immigration and refugee order, Souza posted a photo of President Obama meeting with Alex, a young boy who had written Obama a letter urging him to help a Syrian boy depicted in a viral photo from Aleppo. “In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together,” Alex wrote.

The next day, after Trump announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Souza highlighted Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, who was never confirmed due to Republican opposition.

Merrick Garland. Just saying.

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When reports surfaced in early February that Trump had feuded with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the phone, Souza reminded everyone of the nature of Obama’s relationship with him.

As Trump’s Cabinet and senior advisers began to settle into the White House, Souza posted a photo of some of Obama’s key advisers — who all share a key feature in the image. Though Souza had withheld explicit criticism thus far, on February 6 he was more direct in this caption: “This is a full-frame picture. I guess you'd say I was trying to make a point.”

Meeting with top advisors. This is a full-frame picture. I guess you'd say I was trying to make a point.

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Then on February 11, when White House press pool reporters were stuck in a room with blacked-out windows as Trump golfed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Souza shared an image that captured Obama’s more favorable relationship with the press.

Gesturing towards the White House press pool while golfing with Prime Minister Cameron last year in the U.K.

A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

Early the following week, it was reported that Trump had handled documents relating to a North Korean missile test in plain sight over dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Souza took to Instagram again to show how Obama addressed national security matters while traveling.

Souza’s most direct indirect address to Trump came following a chaotic press conference on February 16 in which Trump continually railed against what he called “fake news.” Noting that he was once a press photographer, Souza pushed back: “Freedom of the press is one of the bedrock principles of our country.”

And Souza didn’t stop there. Most recently, after Trump referenced a nonexistent refugee terrorist attack in Sweden, Souza posted a photo of Obama’s 2013 trip to the country.

Remembering our great trip to Sweden in 2013.

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