Obama and his wife showed their photos at the White House

Former US President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama returned to the White House to take part in the unveiling of their portraits, which will be displayed in the building.

This joint visit is their first joint visit to the White House since their departure in 2017.

The paintings will hang opposite portraits of other American presidents and their wives hanging on the walls of the White House. These two portraits are the first “portraits” of an African-American president and the first official portraits added to the White House collection since Obama held the unveiling of photographs of George W. Bush and Laura Bush in 2012.

Obama’s portrait was painted by artist Robert McCurdy, while Michelle Obama’s portrait was painted by artist Sharon Sprang.

U.S. President Joe Biden said during the opening ceremony that the “former first couple” made history by addressing them by saying, “You both gave hope to millions of people who have long been forgotten, and this is important. I dreamed of great and enduring victories for the American people, helping to lighten their burdens with the grace of hope. This is a gift from the Obama presidency to the country and history.”

In turn, Obama joked at the audience, saying: “It’s good to be back in the White House … But I’m a little disappointed because I did not hear anyone name the baby Barack or Michelle, and as you can see, the artist refused shrink my ears.”

Stuart McLaurin, WHHA, said the association is “in the early stages of painting former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump,” adding, “The emphasis is on specific artists who are likely to paint their portraits.”

Source: CNN

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