White House photographer Pete Souza joins Instagram

White House photographer Pete Souza joined Instagram Wednesday, kicking off his feed with -- what else -- a food pic. Of course, the food he depicts is available on Air Force One, which some of you may find more interesting than your lunchtime burrito.

Souza took the famous photo of the White House Situation Room during the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza called him Obama's "secret weapon," noting that "no president before Obama and no presidential photographer before Souza has had access to Flickr, Twitter and the variety of other social networking and sharing sites."

Those sites allow any image of the president that the White House wants people to see to be seen, a massive distribution channel simply not available to past presidents.

Souza didn't take the shot of Obama that accompanied his famous "Four More Years" tweet -- that was Scout Tufankjian, who worked for his campaign.

Related: Pete Souza’s Portrait of a Presidency (Time)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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