*sigh* Seeing photos of them makes us feel so damn happy (yet…..so sad. We had a great run for 8 years, Dancers. We most certainly did)!
Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama were on hand at the unveiling of the National Portrait Gallery’s official portraits on Monday morning.
The artists who captured the pair were Kehinde Wiley for Barack and Amy Sherald for Michelle.
“Can we just say ‘wow’ again?” Michelle said of the Baltimore-based artist’s work. “I have to tell you that as I stand here today with all of you and look at this amazing portrait that will hang with so many iconic figures, I am overwhelmed to say the least…I’m thinking about all of 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.”
“Look at that. Pretty sharp,” were Barack’s first words after the unveiling of his portrait. He added that Wiley “gave them a platform and told them they belonged,” referencing black Americans and artists which are often showcased in his works.
The portraits will hang with the other presidential portraits in the gallery’s collection.
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