work for Obama in Washington, D.C.
“Shade” pairs Souza’s photos with their corresponding tweets, though the original Instagram posts don’t directly address them. “People told me how they used to go back and try to match my posts to Trump’s tweets,” says Souza, who will promote “Shade” Nov. 14 at the Miami Book Fair. “It would help them get through the day, the week, the month.”
Souza also served as the official photographer for President Ronald Reagan. “There is no comparison,” he says. “I’m confident in saying Reagan would be appalled by Trump. I still have lots of friends from the Reagan administration who agree with me.”
Souza adds, “With Trump, what you see is a reality-show president. What’s happening now is just not the U.S.A. as we know it. With Obama, we had a good person in the White House. People respected Obama, even those who did not agree with his policies. The current occupant is like a carnival barker.”
“The presidency doesn’t change who you are,” Souza says, quoting Michelle Obama. “It reveals who you are.”
Pete Souza will appear 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Miami Book Fair at the Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, second floor, Room 3210) on the Wolfson campus of Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave., in Miami. Tickets cost $40 and include a copy of “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.” Go to MiamiBook Fair.com.