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People Have Strong Reactions To Barack And Michelle Obama’s Portraits

(Source: sg.news.yahoo.com)

The official portraits for former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and people have so much to say about them.

Michelle Obama’s portrait, painted by Amy Sherald, depicts the former first lady in a white dress with geometric patterns, set in front of a pale blue background:

Former first lady Michelle Obama's portrait that will be on display in the National Portrait Gallery. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Former first lady Michelle Obama's portrait that will be on display in the National Portrait Gallery. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s portrait that will be on display in the National Portrait Gallery. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Barack Obama’s portrait, painted by Kehinde Wiley, showed the president wearing a suit (but no tie) and seated in a chair with a backdrop of leaves and flowers:

The portrait of former President Barack Obama that will be on display in the gallery. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The portrait of former President Barack Obama that will be on display in the gallery. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The portrait of former President Barack Obama that will be on display in the gallery. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The paintings, both done by black artists, sparked many reactions on social media:

uhh, yeah, I think Obama’s presidential portrait is wonderful, especially compared to literally every single other president pic.twitter.com/7iMm0hEhgZ

— Logan Rhoades (@LoganRhoades) February 12, 2018

This is a beautiful portrait. It looks very little like Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/1CsRrWIJtN

— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 12, 2018

Congratulations to First Lady @MichelleObama on the unveiling of her portrait. You look stunning and it was a honor to work with you. pic.twitter.com/wFPzuL4L5i

— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) February 12, 2018

Official Portrait of @BarackObama by the fabulous Kehinde Wiley. So perfectly captures the calm and confidence that defines his administration pic.twitter.com/QXdQrj2FZ7

— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) February 12, 2018

ive just never felt this physically attracted to a portrait before and idk if im handling it well

— Tracy Boomeisha-Ann Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) February 12, 2018

I AM GASPING FOR AIR.

LOOK AT OUR PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY.

These portraits are incredible. They are Black Beauty and Excellence and they are OURS. Thank you, #NPG@BarackObama and @MichelleObama have never looked more glorious. Gonna go cry, now. pic.twitter.com/KF1LQxrln3

— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) February 12, 2018

Some people made pretty hilarious jokes:

I think the official Obama portrait is beautiful pic.twitter.com/5YSgjgLUQu

— eve peyser (@evepeyser) February 12, 2018

Obama’s new portrait looks awfully familiar… pic.twitter.com/S5wenGJTPq

— Colleen Wordock (@cwordock) February 12, 2018

Many celebrities shared their thoughts too. Actor and comedian Chris Rock called Barack Obama the “real Black Panther,” while musician Common called the former first couple’s portrait “beautiful.”

Director Ava DuVernay said the portraits reminded her to hope. Model Chrissy Teigen simply asked that Barack “come back” and pleaded for Michelle to “help us.”

Just saw the Presidential Portrait. Wow. Barack Obama is the real Black Panther.

— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 12, 2018

Beautiful! The official portraits for our President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were unveiled earlier this morning: https://t.co/XYr9rthp3Ypic.twitter.com/JUeIZHxCUK

— COMMON (@common) February 12, 2018

Monday morning joy as portraits of President and First Lady Obama are revealed by artists Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley. Reminds me to hope. #ObamaPortraitspic.twitter.com/6r4NtH0rxx

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 12, 2018

come back pic.twitter.com/R3SZ7Pmdf5

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 12, 2018

help us pic.twitter.com/dbjYjz2CsW

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 12, 2018

What do YOU think of the portraits?

 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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