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Former Obama Photographer Weighs In On Trump-Time Flap

In the era of President Donald Trump, the news cycle changes awfully fast - and it’s often the president himself that dictates what all the hubbub is about. That’s because the commander-in-chief continues to insist on sharing his thoughts on social media, and the conversation tends to follow. Is that a sign of an unhinged and dangerous leader or of one that’s crazy like a fox? Answers to that question will certainly depend on partisan leanings, but few can deny that the conversation can be taken in unexpected directions based on Trump’s whims.

As Yahoo shares, a perfect example of that came to light over the long Thanksgiving weekend. POTUS was down at Mar-A-Lago, but he wasn’t too far from the Twitter machine. On Friday, he shared an interesting tidbit with the masses that soon became one of the most talked about stories of the day.

“Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named 'Man (Person) of the Year,' like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!” Trump wrote.

As with all Trump posts, reaction flowed in swiftly. Supporters loved it, critics bashed him for it, and many others simply shook their heads and went on with their lives. Regardless of individual reactions, it grew into quite a thing, and Time magazine felt compelled to respond with a post of its own on social media.

“The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6,” the post read.

Pete Souza, former President Barack Obama’s White House photographer, also felt compelled to respond.

“Someone has a lot of catching up to do,” he wrote.

That caption reflected the photo that he had shared, which was Obama on an inordinate number of Time magazine covers through the years. All told, Obama has appeared on the cover of the mag at least 29 times, and he’s been selected as ‘Person of the Year’ twice. Trump received that nod last year, but based on this little social media flap, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be a repeat winner.

In any event, Trump got his message out there without going through any filters, and it’s clear that social media remains his preferred way for him to get his message out there. As he sees it, the press treats him rather unfairly, and the only hope he has of getting his thoughts out there - without them being twisted by what he views as the biased press - is to speak directly to the public.
In fairness to Trump, it’s not too hard to see why he feels that way. He’s the subject of an inordinate amount of criticism on a daily basis, and the press seems to engage in a game of one-upmanship to see which outlet can portray him in the most horrible light possible. In response, Trump rips the press at every turn. The press then bites back, and the cycle repeats itself ad nauseam.

Perhaps for the coming year, everyone involved can put on their big boy and big girl pants and stop with the endless bickering. Yes, this means Trump, members of his administration, and the press. It’s beyond time to put this time-wasting ‘feud’ to bed, which would involve all parties sticking to the facts and knocking off the potshots. We won’t hold our breath, but we’ll dare to dream of a day when it comes to pass.

Source: Yahoo
Photo: YouTube, Pete Souza/Instagram

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