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:
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:
It’s not supposed to “look like her” in the traditional sense of portraiture. These portraits break the mold of how we as the viewer consider the depiction of a person. This is why Sherald and Wiley were chosen.
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) February 12, 2018
And it certainly doesn’t. Here’s just some of the reaction on Twitter:
LOVE the new portrait of Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/c4OXHhFOw6
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 12, 2018
It looks like something a high schooler in art class would do. Come on. Stop making excuses for crappy portraits. They had the world of artists in their hands and these two were chosen? I am unimpressed.
— KrissaKray (@xtglamour) February 12, 2018
I know students in high school that could do better.
— Jenny (@BlessedTNGal) February 12, 2018
Fox News tweeted:
Michelle Obama portrait faces brutal mockery after unveilinghttps://t.co/OKe9koyDkl
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 12, 2018
But a funny thing happened on the way to the story, as it’s now gone…
Am I the only one who thinks Michelle Obama's portrait look absolutely nothing like her? It looks more like a cross between Beyoncé & JoLo than Mooch. pic.twitter.com/aFHsxnqv0b
— CC (@ChatByCC) February 12, 2018
One person offered:
It's not that @BarackObama's portrait is bad, it's that there's no depth, that he's floating in a wall of leaves. @MichelleObama's portrait is bad. Like, paint by numbers bad. pic.twitter.com/qBCusNhx0B
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) February 12, 2018
Media analyst Mark Dice reminds us:
ABC News tweeted this image:
— ABC News (@ABC) February 12, 2018
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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