The Obamas unveil their portraits in the White House


Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama unveiled their own portraits in the White House yesterday. The paintings will hang alongside the other previous first couples of the White House.

Former President Barack Obama kisses his wife former first lady Michelle Obama after they unveiled their official White House portraits during a ceremony for the unveiling in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Loud cheers greeted them as they pulled up the blue cloths covering the paintings. Obama was painted by Robert McCurdy looking straight out, with his hands in the pockets of his dark suit against a contrasting white background. Michelle was painted by Sharon Sprung. She was shown sitting on a red sofa wearing a light blue gown.
Past presidents and first ladies have typically had their portraits hung in White House halls after ceremonies hosted by successors. As Trump refused to invite the Obamas, the current President Joe Biden invited them to unveil their portraits.



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