Obama's Former Photographer Shared This Picture To Make A Powerful Point

The president's meetings with top advisors used to look like this.

The first few weeks of the new White House team has left the nation wistful for previous administrations. Save for the single statement against President Trump's executive order and the ecstatic photos of him kitesurfing, former president Obama has largely stayed away from the public eye as he revels in the first real break he's had in eight years. 

But as Americans are kept busy with each new curveball from the administration, there's a slight salve for the bittersweet heartache from former White House photographer Pete Souza. Having documented Obama's historic presidency for two terms, Souza shared the White House's inner workings with the public through photos on his Instagram account that revealed different sides of Obama. (Those photos have since been archived here.)

That position no longer exists now that Obama isn't president, but Souza has maintained his platform — with a commanding 772,000 followers — to share photos of the former POTUS. This week, he posted a picture of Obama meeting with three top advisors. The photo is taken of them from the waist down, but it was clear that Obama's top advisors were women, in skirts and heels, no less.


It may seem unremarkable at first glance, but the photo was loaded with meaning. "Meeting with top advisors. This is a full-frame picture," Souza wrote in the caption. "I guess you'd say I was trying to make a point."

The image was a jarring juxtaposition to that of Trump signing the global gag rule as a circle of white men, his top advisors, looked on. In his first week as president, Trump reinstated the rule preventing American funds from going to aid organizations that promote or perform abortions abroad. Critics have said that it will significantly increase the number of dangerous, life-threatening abortions as well as cause more unwanted pregnancies.

Ironically, women have emerged as the most potentially powerful force of resistance against the current administration's actions in the past weeks. Women are donating to advocacy groups and they are organizing and learning to run for office. And in four years time, we'll likely be seeing a lot more of them in the White House. 

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