Through the magic of social media, it's easier than ever to relive the past, which is exactly what Pete Souza is trying to get America to do. The former White House photographer under Barack Obama has been using his Instagram for the last few months to compare and contrast the current and last presidencies, and he was back at it this week to call out some of Donald Trump's latest tweets. Souza responded to Trump's Mika Brzezinski tweets with a photo series all about what it really looks like to respect women.
Souza posted several photos on Instagram, all numbered with the caption "Respect for women." Each picture shows President Obama interacting with women in various capacities during his tenure, from hugging a female soldier in Afghanistan to talking with some White House employees. Souza identified most of the women in the photographs, several of whom served as high ranking officials within the Obama administration.
The photo series was posted in the midst of the latest scandal involving Donald Trump's Twitter feed. Trump tweeted early Thursday morning disparaging Mika Brzezinski, the cohost of MSNBC's Morning Joe."I heard poorly rated [Morning Joe] speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe [Scarborough], came [...] to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"
Dozens of celebrities and politicians spoke out against Trump for the tweets, many of whom said that this latest remark was evidence of an overall lack of respect for women on Trump's part. Republican Rep. Lindsey Graham also took to Twitter to call Trump's post "beneath the office" of the presidency, while Democratic representative Barbara Lee expanded the problem to others within the GOP, not just Trump.
"This isn’t just about Trump. We already knew he has no respect for women. It’s also about the GOP – which continues to defend & support him," Representative Lee posted on Twitter.
Thousands of people also mentioned Melania Trump and her as yet unrealized anti-bullying campaign, pointing out that her husband's tweets could be exactly the kind of messaging that classifies as cyberbullying. NBC News' Peter Alexander reached out to the First Lady's office to confirm if any progress had been made in the anti-cyberbullying campaign, but her spokesperson said that Trump is "continuing to be thoughtful about her platform."
Of all the criticisms of Trump from this incident, Souza's is one of the most striking. The photographs show the personal side to all the policies enacted during his presidency, and they are a reminder to many of what the office of the presidency still can mean.