Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits were revealed Monday morning at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, where they will hang along with portraits of every past US president.
The former first lady chose Amy Sherald, an artist from Baltimore known for painting life-size portraits of African Americans, to paint her portrait. Obama noted that she’s the first person in her family ever to have a portrait done, “let alone a painting that will be hanging in the national gallery.”
“Let’s just start by saying, ‘Wow,’ again. Let me just take a minute. It’s amazing. Wow,” Obama said after the portrait was unveiled. The moment was met with a gasp and applause.
“Whatcha think?” she asked her mother, Marian Robinson. “It’s pretty nice, isn’t it?”
Obama said that she and President Barack Obama interviewed several artists for their portraits and that she bonded with Sherald because of all the time they spent together.
The comments on Twitter were equally disapproving especially for Michelle’s portrait:
I never liked her, but that portrait is awful! Looks nothing like her, gosh, I almost feel sorry for her
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