” ‘Shade’ is a portrait in contrasts, telling the tale of two presidencies through a series of powerful juxtapositions — with Souza’s unforgettable images of President Obama delivering new power and meaning when framed by tweets, headlines, quotes and other material from the first 500 days of the Trump administration,” the publisher said in a news release.
This isn’t just Instagram snark, the company insists. “More than a sharp compendium of clapbacks, ‘Shade’ is a touchstone to an era of greater integrity in our politics,” it said.
Souza’s Instagram account is a running commentary on the Trump presidency, though many of his posts don’t even mention Trump by name.
Sometimes his critiques are more overt. Recently, when it was reported that a Trump staffer discounted congressional opposition by Sen. John McCain, saying the Arizona Republican who is fighting brain cancer would be “dead soon,” Souza posted an image of Obama and McCain. “President Obama would certainly never have tolerated a deplorable comment against John McCain by a commissioned officer on his staff,” he wrote.
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They competed against one another during the 2008 Presidential election. And yet they respected each other. As politicians. And as human beings. President Obama would certainly never have tolerated a deplorable comment against John McCain by a commissioned officer on his staff.
“During the past year, I have been as distressed as anyone about the lies emanating from the current administration,” Souza said in the release. He said that after he started using his Instagram account to “throw shade” at the current White House, he was “inspired” by the reaction.
Souza’s last book, “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” was a New York Times bestseller.