Pete Souza’s “Shade”

Do you remember Pete Souza? (he has nothing to do with the similarly named imbecile Dinesh D’Souza)

Pete Souza was the White House photographer during the Obama Administration. Since Trump was elected, Pete Souza has been posting Obama related pictures on Instagram with digs at Trump in the captions.

Text of Pete Souza’s instagram post is as follows: Gesturing towards the White House press pool while golfing with Prime Minister Cameron last year in the U.K.

Well, I guess just like every single person thrusted into the popular media spotlight, he has decided to monetize himself by making a book… a book of his publicly available Instagram posts… wait that cant be right…

“From Pete Souza, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Obama: An Intimate Portrait, comes a powerful tribute to a bygone era of integrity in politics.

As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency–and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it.

Now, as a concerned citizen observing the Trump administration, he is standing up and speaking out.

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.

In Shade, Souza’s photographs are more than a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation’s highest office. They are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values.”

Source: Amazon listing

Okay… right… well…

Besides the asinine title that is so obviously meant to ‘connect with those young people’ it seems to be a pretty basic photo book.

What I do find strange though, is these were apparently photographs taken by Pete Souza while employed by the federal government, making them a government work product. So you’re kind of paying for what you’ve already paid for…

I suppose if you’re a dedicated Trump hater $18 is a small price to pay for some digs at Trump. And that’s probably exactly the idea some book publisher had when I’m assuming they pitched a book idea to Pete Souza after seeing his Instagram posts.

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