Obama jokes about grey hair in official portrait

Glen Norman
February 14, 2018

"Monday morning joy as portraits of President and First Lady Obama are revealed by artists Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley", tweeted DuVernay. News cameras occupied a platform in the middle.

Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled Monday.

Both show their subjects - America's first black presidential couple - looking cool and confident, a stark contrast to the bubbling swamp of anger and braggadocio that is political Washington today. "Attorney General Holder! I hear you're running for president!"

"I was blown away by the boldness of Amy's colors", she said.

The music of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Nico & Vinz, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and, dishearteningly, U2, filled the courtyard.


"What I choose to do is to take people who happen to look like me - black and brown people all over the world, increasingly - and to allow them to occupy that field of power", Wiley told CNN. We may use some of the responses in an upcoming article. Laughter erupted, presumably caused by a selfie among the Friends on the distant front row, and the voice responded, "That hashtag again is NPG".

Sherald painted Michelle Obama in "grayscale" - a charcoal color with taupe undertones.

Twitter users are giving the Obamas' new portraits the highest order of social media respect.

Oh, and pockets. Yes, even a year after her departure, the former first lady is still an inspiration.

The Obamas' portraits have been much anticipated, as they are the first presidential portraits created by African-American artists.


That she chose Sherald as an artist is also significant.

Michelle also noted in her speech what it means for little black girls to see her portrait hanging in the gallery. "We're not hiding it", Smith said of Milly.

It does because his Obama portrait is one in a long line of celebrations of the American presidency - and it includes some basic, familiar elements of portraiture. The shroud bunched up at the base, obscuring the recommended hashtag. But while most online were thinking of bushes when they saw all the greenery around Obama, Kimmel had another thought.

Obama called his grand seven-foot portrait "pretty sharp". He thanked his advisers. You take people from everyday life and elevate them to a level of dignity and celebration.

The former president gave a shoutout to Sherald for capturing his wife's "hotness".


"I used the same cotton poplin and minimal, geometric print to create something more conservative and modern", Smith says of the revised design added a bow sash waist and a slightly fuller skirt. "And so she sits symbolically in the world in the same way I want my images to sit". Here the former president invited Wiley to speak. There's a lot to see if you let yourself look.

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