Barack Obama praises Michelle Obama’s portrait artist “for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love.” https://t.co/31IsuBQpNp pic.twitter.com/7tkznasSaA
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Barack and Michelle Obama returned to Washington, D.C. on Monday.
It had nothing to do with politics (or taking back the White House), though. Rather, the Obamas visited the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery for the unveiling of their official portraits. The former president and First Lady’s likenesses were depicted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, the first-ever African-Americans to be commissioned to paint the official portraits.
Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, praised the artists, who were handpicked by Barack and Michelle personally, for making “art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”
During the ceremony, Barack called his portrait, with its striking garden background (and suspiciously large hands), “pretty sharp” and joked, “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.” He also thanked Sherald for “so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love,” while Michelle added, “I’m also 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 they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall.”
The Obamas’ “hotness” is also on display on Twitter.