Barack and Michelle Obama Get Official Portrait
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The official Portrait Gallery of the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama has now been unveiled.
The official Portraits of the former first family of the United States of America were unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC.
The Obamas’ portraits were painted by New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley and Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald. The pair becomes the first African Americans commissioned to paint official portraits of the first couple for the National Portrait Gallery.
“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,” Obama remarked from the podium.
“I had to explain that I’ve got enough political problems without you making me look like Napoleon. We’ve got to bring it down just a touch. And that’s what he did,”