The much-lauded official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama has been moved by the Smithsonian due to the high number of visitors coming to see it in person. The original room wasn’t large enough to sustain the voluminous traffic, so it has been transferred to a new room for what the National Portrait Gallery called on Twitter a “more spacious viewing experience.”
CNN reported that more than 170,000 people have flocked to the exhibit since its opening. Last week alone, counting from Thursday Sunday, some 45,000 people came to see the striking portrait. The portrait, painted by African-American artist Amy Sherald, was unveiled last month to much acclaim.
The news of the portrait’s move is a warm reminder of how fondly Americans still regard the previous First Couple. It’s an appreciation that seems to grow by the day as we are constantly bombarded by the scandals and extramarital affairs our current president and First Lady are mired in. One struggles to imagine even half the number of people going to visit Melania Trump’s eventual portrait, and that goes double for her hateful husband.