President Obama was a victim of pranksters, and the incident was captured in photos that were posted on social media. The joke was reportedly perpetrated by some of Obama’s White House staffers.
The prank involved holiday snowmen that have been on display in the Rose Garden. Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza noted on Instagram that staffers came up with the idea of moving the snowmen closer to Obama’s windows in the Oval Office.
“Sometimes you gotta have fun,” Souza wrote on the social media site. “For the past three weeks, there have been four snowmen on display in the Rose Garden. … We’ve been joking that we should move the snowmen a few feet closer to the Oval Office every day to see if anyone noticed. Then we realized the snowmen were too heavy to easily lift. But finally this morning before the President came to the office, some helpful staff — I won’t say who — moved all the snowmen so each one was peeking through a different window into the Oval.”
Souza posted a photo taken Friday as Obama was signing end-of-the-year bills, which appears to suggest Obama was unaware of the prank at that point. Here’s the photo …
Obama later got wind of what was going on, and a subsequent Instagram photo, seen below, shows that he got into the spirit of the prank.