President Obama isn’t too cool for a little White House prank

It’s the time of year when the eggnog is flowing, bosses are a bit more laxed, folks are cheerful with joyous spirits. The White House isn’t exempt from the holiday glee. Since the administration is enjoying the last moments of his presidency, pranks on President Obama are par for the course.

How does one prank the commander-in-chief? Play on his pseudo-fear of snowmen. It’s not a fear per se, but he did tell People magazine earlier this month he finds snowmen to be a bit creepy. “There’s a whole kind of Chucky element to them,” Obama told People, alluding to the grotesque serial killer doll from Child’s Play. “They’re a little creepy.”

The idea was to move the four snowmen statues that were placed in the Rose Garden closer to the Oval Office every day to see if anyone would notice. More specifically, to see if the president would see the snowmen as they moved closer to the windows. White House photographer Pete Souza captured the moment on Instagram with a description of the plan.

“Sometimes you gotta have fun,” Souza wrote. “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.”

Apparently no one calculated the weight of said snowmen, because why would White House staffers realize snowmen are heavy when they have workers to put them up? That didn’t deter them from seeing the prank through, though. So on Friday, before the president, first lady, and Sasha and Malia jetted off to Hawaii for the Christmas holiday, the show went on.

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

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

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

And because the president is too cool to ever be disheveled or frightened, he was down for the prank. When the snowman finally made it right outside of his window, the president feigned shock. “Another snowman from yesterday,” Souza wrote in another Instagram post. “Yes he enjoyed the prank.”

That’s the kind of smile, coolness, sense of humor and jokester that won’t be in the White House after Jan. 20. The White House will never be the same.