Michelle Obama’s ‘creepy’ official portrait gets shredded on Twitter

On Monday, the Washington Examiner reported that the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The Obamas applauded and cheered as the portraits were unveiled, the Examiner said, but Michelle’s portrait — described by the Gateway Pundit as “creepy” — was “begging” to be hammered on social media, Twitchy said.

Here’s video of the portraits:

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According to the Examiner:

The former Democratic president’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley, who is known for his vivid, large-scale paintings of African-Americans.

The former first lady’s painting was done by Amy Sherald, a Baltimore-based artist who won the Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

“As you may have guessed, I don’t think there’s anybody in my family who’s had a portrait done, let alone a portrait that will hang in the National Gallery,” Michelle Obama told attendees.

“I am a little overwhelmed, to say the least,” she added. “I am humbled. I am honored. I’m proud, but most of all, I am so incredibly grateful to all of the people who came before me in this journey — the folks who built the foundation on which I stand.”

According to CNN White House reporter Kate Bennett:

And it certainly doesn’t.  Here’s just some of the reaction on Twitter:


Fox News tweeted:

But a funny thing happened on the way to the story, as it’s now gone…


One person offered:

Media analyst Mark Dice reminds us:


Remember that…

ABC News tweeted this image:

We can’t help but wonder what he must’ve been thinking upon seeing this.  We won’t speculate, but we certainly invite your input in the comment section below.  What do you think was going through the former president’s mind?


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