14 Febrero 2017 16:21
Since he opened his Instagram account on 21 January, Peter Souza – Obama's official photographer during his time in the White House – has attracted over 920,000 followers.
Souza shares intimate images taken behind the scenes of the Obama presidency. But many followers are interpreting the images he chooses – and their timing – as subtle critiques of the new president and his policies.
For example, last month, after Trump signed his executive order banning entry to the US from seven majority-Muslim countries, Souza shared a photo of Obama chatting with a Muslim refugee in Kuala Lumpur.
When Trump nominated judge Neil Gorsuch (known for his conservatism in issues like abortion) for Supreme Court, Souza reposted a photo of Obama with the more progressive Merrick Galard, who Republicans refused to consider last year.
Later the same day, as reports emerged that Trump had threatened Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto with sending troops over the border to deal with the 'bad hombres', Souza shared an image of Obama and Peña Nieto enjoying a spot of tequila.
After Trump's rancorous phone call with Malcolm Turnbull – the Australian Prime Minister – which corroded relations between the two previously firm allies, Souza shared a photo of Obama and Turnbull amiably chatting at the Asean gala dinner in Laos last September.
And following a report in the New York Times (yes, the same one that led to 'bathrobegate') that said meetings were being conducted in the dark because White House aides were unable to find the light switches, Souza shared a photograph of Obama conducting an exceptionally well-lit meeting.
Souza has also made clear reference to the absence of women in Trump's cabinet by sharing this image.
Comparisons sure are odious...