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Pete Souza hits Campaign trail with ‘president’ Frank Underwood ahead of House of Cards Premiere

By Justin Heyes on May 23rd 2017

When you look at the television at night, chances are your screen is usually filled with a political climate that is, at best, unnerving. Secret foreign meetings, deleted emails, coupled with ‘leaderless’ intelligence and security services, would probably be more entertaining if it wasn’t a harsh reality; like in the case of the Netflix series House of Cards.

In an art imitates life situation, the former Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza, is back on presidential duty thanks to the streaming service.


Zoe warned me not to get too close.

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Pete Souza, the former chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama, first started following presidents during the Ronald Reagan administration, but as of recently has become increasingly known on Instagram for using his vast archives of the former POTUS for his posts, even in the face of a new one.

Tasked by Netflix, Souza was hired to chronicle the fictitious POTUS, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and the Chief of Staff, Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), during their visit to D.C. ahead of season five premiere of the Netflix original series.

I'm feeling hungry today. Photo: @petesouza

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Kevin Spacey, the show’s protagonist, made stops as Underwood at iconic D.C. landmarks throughout the day as part of the campaign. The team spent the day visiting the White House, Union Station, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the U.S. Capitol Building, and Ben’s Chili Bowl, among other locations.

Foggy Bottom Metro Station with President Underwood. Photo: @petesouza

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Always like riding in the Presidential limo (aka The Beast).

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The people's president.

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The photographs came to light on Monday across the Instagram accounts of Souza, Michael Kelly, and House of Cards, with others have been emerging on the House of Cards Facebook page. you can check out the entirety of the series, dubbed “Pete Souza: A Day in the Life of Frank Underwood”, on Facebook here.

House of Cards season 5 jumps right back into the complicated lives of the Underwoods, and in typical Netflix fashion, the entire season will be available for streaming at once and will be available on Tuesday, May 30.


Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

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