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The White House staff’s Xmas prank on Barack Obama is everything

No, the prank wasn’t the election – sorry guys, but that did actually happen.

The White House is a serious place, a sacred building steeped in history – but for just one day, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue channelled its inner Ashton Kutcher and Punk’d the leader of the free world.

Barack Obama has previously admitted that he finds Christmas decorations “a little creepy”, so his staffers made the incredibly brave decision to pull a prank on the single most powerful man in the world.

“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,” White House photographer, Pete Souza revealed on Instagram.

“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.”

The results were pretty amazing:

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.

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

And obviously, Obama was super chill about the whole thing because he’s a mad dog.

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

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

Oh and because the Internet is the Internet they’ve gone and photoshopped and memed the crap out of it.

Imagine if Putin’s staff tried this..

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