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Nothing says "happy holidays" better than trolling Trump, and it seems former White House photographer Pete Souza agrees with that sentiment.


Souza used a picture of former President Barack Obama feeling the holiday spirit to troll President Donald Trump. He shared the following photograph of Obama dancing with Santa Claus at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

He captioned the photo:

"Back when our President was sane, and it was okay if he tried to dance with Santa Claus."



This caused other Obama fans to reminisce about these days as well:


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He later shared a 2010 photo of the Obama family on stage with celebrities at TNT's "Christmas in Washington":

"Back when our President could occasionally be a goofball but was never a nut job," he wrote.

Both times, Souza accompanied his captions with the hashtag #throwshadethenvote.



There was a lot of love for this photo:


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Souza revealed back in May that he didn't know what the slang term "throwing shade" meant (it means "veiled insult), but that it influenced the cover for his book, SHADE: A Tale of Two Presidents.


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Released on October 16, Shade will "vividly show where we are as a country contrasted with where we were," Souza announced in May.

He added:

"I have been distressed by the barrage of lies and hateful comments emanating from the current administration on a daily basis. We have a president who clearly does not understand democracy and the rule of law. To him, a critical news story is fake news, and our intelligence agencies are all corrupt. His presidency has become a reality game show, with his primal need to achieve ratings and wins–for himself. He does not respect women, minorities and immigrants.

"I have worked for two presidents in my life–one Republican (Reagan) and one Democrat (Obama). I spent almost every day with President Obama during his two terms, watching how hard he worked on behalf of all Americans. He was–and still is–someone who respected people from all walks of life. He made decisions based on facts. He respected democracy and the rule of law. Unlike his successor, he respected the office of the presidency."

A couple of months later, the cover of the book was released, and Souza had something to say about that, too.

"If you've been following my Instagram feed since the last inauguration, then you have an idea what this book is about (but of course there will be some surprises)," Souza wrote at the time.



Fans couldn't wait to have the book in their hands:


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Souza noted that he has posted photographs to his Instagram that have juxtaposed Obama's presidency against Trump's, but notes, "I do this not as a partisan hack, but as an American citizen concerned about the future of our democracy because of our current president. My commentary on Instagram has been subtle, sometimes humorous, and certainly more respectful than his commentary on Twitter."

True to his word, Souza has used his Instagram to ruffle President Trump's feathers more than once.

In June, Souza posted a photograph of Obama with the caption, "Back when our President was respected around the world and not unhinged by the rule of law."



The month before that, he posted a photograph of Obama with his wife, First Lady Michelle, following President Trump's statements revealing that he'd been "very busy to be running out looking for" a birthday present for his wife, Melania, though he did say he'd bought her a card and flowers.



In recent days, Souza has taken to sharing some Obama-era holiday photos.





Naturally, people have been loving it:


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The photographs, which project serenity and contentment, provide a stark contrast to the Trump administration's chaotic last few days. President Trump has come under fire after he opted not to sign a stopgap funding bill approved by the Senate, increasing the risk of a partial government shutdown. Additionally, he's faced scathing criticism for his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, a move which led French President Emmanuel Macron to condemn him for abandoning U.S. allies.

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