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Meet Pete Souza's Instagram-Famous Tortoise, Charlotte - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Jan 25,2019
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BY DEBRA BRUNO

WASHINGTON, DC. - Charlotte the tortoise has gone viral. Well, as viral as any Russian tortoise can go. Like her owner, Pete Souza, her path to internet fame began after the 2016 presidential election.

As White House photographer for Barack Obama, Souza remained mostly behind the scenes. But once Donald Trump took over, Souza’s expert-level trolling of the President—primarily in the form of Instagram posts contrasting Trump with Obama—made him a rock star of the #resistance. Charlotte, meanwhile, has tagged along.

On his Facebook page the morning after Trump won, Souza posted a picture of the tortoise poking her head through an opening in the cardboard box where she sleeps. “Charlotte just woke up. Should I tell her?” he wrote. The reaction was enormous.

So Souza kept it up. He started posting Facebook photos and videos of Charlotte doing what a tortoise does—eating, seeking sunlight, pushing through grass. His Facebook friends ate it up as ravenously as Charlotte gobbles organic dandelion leaves.

But her popularity really took off last summer when she started making regular appearances on Souza’s Instagram account—which has 2 million followers—during a family vacation. “We have a cabin in northern Michigan, and Charlotte came up with us in the car,” he says. “I was just taking some photos and videos of Charlotte and posting them. People were quite taken with her.” Fans told Souza she should have her own Instagram. “So I created one.”

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