Saturday Night Social: A Year in Pete Souza Owns
We all know 2017 was a 12-month journey through vestibule of
hell, and not even Barack Obama is going to convince anyone
otherwise. But before it’s over, I’ll take a minute to
appreciate that he spent all of 2017 pushing that boulder up
the hill. Every time something shitty happened this year, there
he was to supply an image of humanity. Remember the photo of a
multi-racial group of children
he tweeted after Charlottesville? Remember when he
showed up at a high school because children are the future?
And now he’s tweeting nice
did with the line “That’s a story from 2017.” It’s as
though we didn’t just live through a year of natural disasters
and trampled-on wildlife refuges, unwinding greenhouse gas
regulations, Sunday morning apocalypse scares via Twitter, over
1,000 deaths in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Donald
Trump’s face, Donald Trump Jr.’s face, Steve Bannon’s face, the
loss of Princess Leia…cats probably died, too.
Former Official White House photographer Pete Souza, on the
other hand, spent all year negging Trump with inspirational
Obama images, and it was delightful. Here’s a review:
March 12th, 2017: Kellyanne Conway
suggests that the Obama Administration may have used
microwaves to surveil Trump Tower.
March 24, 2017: the Affordable Care Act repeal fails.
May 22nd, 2017: the
May 24th, 2017: Donald Trump meets the Pope, and
everybody looks miserable.
May 31st, 2017: Covfefe
June 29th, 2017: Trump
tweets that Mika Brzezinski (“Crazy Mika”) was “bleeding
badly from a face-lift” during a visit to Mar-a-Largo.
July 24th, 2017: Trump delivers an
expletive-laced speech to the Boy Scouts including brags
about crowd size.
July 25th, 2017: Trump publicly belittles Attorney General Jeff
September 23rd, 2017: Trump
disinvites Steph Curry to the White House after Curry says
he doesn’t want to go.
October 16, 2017: Trump
claims Obama didn’t call the families of fallen soldiers.
November 24th, 2017: Trump tweets he took a “pass”
on a Time “Man of the Year,” which Time
so many more. Here’s to the unofficial presidential
photographer of 2017.