Yesterday, the official portraits for former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and this warmed the hearts of many people.
According to HuffPost, Michelle Obama’s portrait was painted by Amy Sherald, and it “depicts the former first lady in a white dress with geometric patterns, set in front of a pale blue background.”
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Today, @KehindeWiley and @ASherald became the first black artists to create official presidential portraits for the Smithsonian. To call this experience humbling would be an understatement. Thanks to Kehinde and Amy, generations of Americans — and young people from all around the world — will visit the National Portrait Gallery and see this country through a new lens. They’ll walk out of that museum with a better sense of the America we all love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Inclusive and optimistic. And I hope they’ll walk out more empowered to go and change their worlds.
While Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by Nigerian artist, Kehinde Wiley, and it showed president wearing a suit without a tie, seated on a chair and surrounded by leaves and flowers.
The couple absolutely loved the portraits.
Here’s what Michelle Obama said about it on her Instagram:
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As a young girl, even in my wildest dreams, I never could have imagined this moment. Nobody in my family has ever had a portrait – there are no portraits of the Robinsons or the Shields from the South Side of Chicago. This is all a little bit overwhelming, especially when I think about all of the young people who will visit the National Portrait Gallery and see this, including so many young girls and young girls of color who don’t often see their images displayed in beautiful and iconic ways. I am so proud to help make that kind of history. But the fact is that none of this would be possible without the extraordinary artist and woman behind this portrait, @asherald. Thank you, Amy – it was a joy to work with you and get to know you.
And reacting to his wife’s portrait, Obama thanked the artist, for “spectacularly capturing the grace, and beauty, and intelligence, and charm, and hotness of the woman I love.”
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Barack Obama praises Michelle Obama's portrait artist "for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love." https://t.co/31IsuBQpNp pic.twitter.com/7tkznasSaA
— ABC News (@ABC) February 12, 2018
This heart-melting comment caused many people to swoon. Check out the reactions on Twitter:
I’m looking for a man who looks at me the way women look at Barack when he looks at at Michelle.
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) February 13, 2018
I love the way he speaks of his wife. He is so great!
— Lynn Titshaw (@LynnTitshaw) February 12, 2018
Not gonna lie, I would like to crawl under my desk & cry because I miss them so much https://t.co/FxN6buHUTh
— Cool Breeze 🖤🥑 (@Maine_Char) February 12, 2018
Don’t you also need a man who will look at you the way Barack does Michelle?