President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama Official Portraits Unveiled

Monday morning, former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were back in Washington for the unveiling of their official portraits.

The former President and Michelle Obama official portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

The Obama’s  join former presidents, all of whom have their portraits hanging in the museum.

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“I’m thinking about all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up and see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall, Michelle Obama said during her unveiling.

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“How about that? That’s pretty sharp,” President Obama said as he took the podium.
He continued,
 “I tried to negotiate less gray hair and Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow (him) to do what I asked,” Obama joked. “I tried to negotiate smaller ears. Struck out on that as well.”
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“Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love,” President Obama said.
Michelle Obama chose Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald to do her painting, and Barack Obama chose Kehinde Wiley, a Yale University-trained painter famous for his depiction of African-Americans posed in the style of Old Master paintings, regal, formal and filled with pops of color, according to CNN.



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