Report: Trump ‘appears happiest’ when posing for photos in Oval Office

President Trump is unlike his predecessors in a number of ways, and among them is his reported attitude toward Oval Office photo ops.

While a number of recent leaders have viewed the practice largely as a job requirement, Trump apparently seems to find genuine joy in the experience. 

Politico reported on Monday that, “Several advisers and aides say Trump appears happiest when showing off the Oval Office, almost seeing it as the ultimate prize, just as he once showed off his celebrity photos, trophies and other memorabilia, such as Shaquille O’Neal’s shoes, at Trump Tower.”

The media outlet further notes, “The pose has become something of a punch line among some aides, who have seen it hundreds of times — occasionally dozens of times in a day. One senior White House official said Trump has ‘probably taken 10,000 pictures.’”

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U.S. President Donald Trump gathers labor leaders in the Oval Office after their meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (standing, L-R), Vice President Mike Pence, Staff Secretary Rob Porter and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, welcomes reporters into the Oval Office for him to sign his first executive orders at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Donald Trump signs an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Trump abruptly ended the decades-old U.S. tilt toward free trade by signing an executive order to withdraw from an Asia-Pacific accord that was never ratified and promising to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Photographer: Ron Sachs/Pool via Bloomberg
White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway stands near a bust of late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with labor leaders in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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While most of the photos show him seated and smiling wide, there are some exceptions

For instance, when Sarah Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent dropped by before an April dinner at the White House, some seemingly impromptu, yet happy, moments were caught on camera. 

Notably, the promise of a photo op isn’t always enough to keep Trump’s spirits high.

Back in March, he was prepared to sign trade-related executive orders in the Oval Office and photographers stood ready to capture the moment, notes The Hill.

That day, he didn’t even take time to sit at his desk.

The publication reports that this might have been due to a reporter’s touchy question, just prior, concerning President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his request for immunity in providing testimony on Russia’s ties in the election.

Trump promptly and without comment left the room. 

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