When a Christmas prank by White House staff ‘spooked’ Barack Obama

Two photographs depicting a Christmas prank that White House staff played on US President Barack Obama have gone viral on social media. The pictures have garnered about 1,00,000 likes on Instagram in just a few days.
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India TV News Desk Washington December 23, 2016 16:36 IST

Two photographs depicting a Christmas prank that White House staff played on US President Barack Obama have gone viral on social media. The pictures have garnered about 1,00,000 likes on Instagram in just a few days.

The prank involved moving snowmen in the Rose Garden close to the President's Oval Office.

This prank was played days after Barack Obama told People magazine that he found snowmen "a little creepy" and that they had "a whole Chucky (an evil doll in Child's Play horror film series) element to them."

However, interestingly, Barack Obama "enjoyed" the prank.

White House chief official photographer Pete Souza shared these pictures on his Instagram account and wrote: “Sometimes you gotta have fun. For the past three weeks, there have been four snowmen on display in the Rose Garden (see photo in earlier post). 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.”

Sometimes you gotta have fun. For the past three weeks, there have been four snowmen on display in the Rose Garden (see photo in earlier post). 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. This photo was taken this afternoon as the President signed end-of-the-year bills.

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“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. This photo was taken this afternoon as the President signed end-of-the-year bills,” he added.

Another snowman from yesterday. Yes he enjoyed the prank. See previous post for the backstory.

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In the other picture, he wrote: “Another snowman from yesterday. Yes he enjoyed the prank. See previous post for the backstory.”

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