Barack and Michelle Obama's Portraits Revealed — And The Opinions are Mixed

Barack and Michelle Obama's Portraits Revealed — And The Opinions are Mixed
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Barack and Michelle Obama have officially revealed the portraits commemorating their time as President and First Lady of the United States.

These portraits have been the most anticipated presidential/FLOTUS paintings, mainly due to the artists the Obamas tapped to complete the pieces. For his portrait, the former Commander-In-Chief selected queer, black artist Kehinde Wiley to undertake capturing his likeness. The Yale University-trained painter is the first African-American artist to take on an official presidential portrait for the National Portrait Gallery.

Unsurprisingly, 44 was blown away by Wiley's work, who painted the Hawaii-born politician sitting against a colorful backdrop. During his speech at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Barack noted:

"How about that? That's pretty sharp… I tried to negotiate less gray hair and Kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow (him) to do what I asked. I tried to negotiate smaller ears. Struck out on that as well."
 Source: Perez Hilton

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