Former President Obama just unveiled his portrait for the Smithsonian, and it’s fantastic


The presidential portraits of our dearly missed forty-fourth President, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, were finally unveiled today at the Smithsonian Insitute and hung in the National Portrait Gallery with much fanfare, as a collection of Obama administration veterans and famous icons like director Steven Spielberg gathered to pay homage.

Artist Kehinde Wiley painted the portrait of President Obama while Amy Sherald painted Michelle, much to the president’s delight. “Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and the intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love,” said Obama during his remarks at the gallery this morning.

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These portraits are not to be confused with the official presidential portraits, which will be hung in the White House.


It’s wonderful to see our beloved former first couple portrayed with the grace and humble beauty they’re so well-known for – and cause for a shudder when one considers what the next round of presidential portraits will look like.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.