Obama's Photographer Trolls Trump Over Hurricane Harvey

A former White House photographer was appalled when he saw Donald Trump appearing to brag about himself on Tuesday in southern Texas, where the president supposedly went to offer his sympathy and support for the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Previous presidents did not behave that way, according to the photographer, Pete Souza. He posted a photo of former President Obama hugging a victim of Hurricane Sandy. “At a time like this, it shouldn’t be about selling baseball hats or commenting on crowd size. It’s about helping our fellow Americans,” Souza wrote. He also shared a picture he took of Obama consoling people in 2011, after a large tornado wreaked havoc in Joplin, Mo. Beneath the shot was an Obama quote: “If Trump really wants to ‘Make America Great Again,’ he might want to take some notes from his predecessors.”

The photographer was not the only person disseminating pictures of past commanders-in-chief acting presidential at times of crisis. Photos of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as additional shots of Obama, were posted and re-tweeted.

“What a crowd, what a turnout,” Trump declared at the beginning of one of his speeches in the storm-ravaged region. “This is historic, it’s epic, but I tell you it happened in Texas, and Texas can handle anything. Thank you. We love you, you are special, we are here to take care of you. It’s going well. … This has been a total collaborative effort.”

The president’s critics used social media to accuse him of turning a tragedy into an opportunity to brag about himself. “Honestly, what is wrong with him?” Susan Hennessey asked on Twitter. “This is not a thing a normal human being says.”

Yahoo News cited a White House pool report, which stated that news reporters who covered Trump’s speeches in the Lone Star State “heard no mention of the dead, dying or displaced Texans and no expression of sympathy for them.” The president also sparked criticism for remarking that FEMA chief Brock Long “has really become very famous on television over the last couple of days.”

Shana at Mountain Ginger responded: “Excuse us? Uh, yeah congrats to this FEMA administrator for getting some on-air time during a devastating and unprecedented storm that’s displaced huge numbers of people. He’s probably really jazzed to have gotten this fame, even though it came at a tragic cost, right? Nope. Seriously @realDonald Trump ‘very famous on television?’ This isn’t a reality show! It's real life! Resign, THEN go to Hollywood.” Marina Fang added: “Everything is a reality show for him.”

On Monday, the day before the president and first lady flew to Texas, Trump suggested to reporters at a press conference that signing a disaster declaration for the area affected by flooding would boost his approval ratings. Yahoo News asked: “What will happen on next week’s episode of ‘Trump’s White House?’ Who knows, but the ratings will obviously be tremendous.”

The president often makes false claims about the size of crowds at his campaign-style rallies. He even boasted that his inauguration drew more people than when Obama took the oath of office, despite photos showing the opposite was true.

Source: Yahoo
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