See Barack And Michelle Obama's Official Portraits

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Unveils Portrait of President Barack Obama

Kehinde Wiley, a New York City-based artist who became the first black American to ever paint an official presidential portrait, unveiled two paintings in 2012 that began circulating on social media this week.

One can only imagine the outrage, marches and demonstrations (and perhaps riots) that would have occurred had a white racist artist been commissioned to paint the official portrait of first lady Laura Bush.

Her husband added, "Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love".

As it is also the Black History Month, the unveiling of the Obama portraits created a huge buzz online and Netizens couldn't stop praising the portraits for how beautifully it depicted their "favourite" President and First Lady.

The former president said Mr Wiley was "working at a disadvantage because his subject was less becoming".

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Mr. Wiley's portrait of Mr. Obama depicted the former president sitting in a chair with arms crossed, surrounded by Mr. Wiley's signature floral patterns.

"I tried to negotiate less grey hair and Kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow him to do what I asked", Mr. Barack Obama said.

She also said she was "thinking about all of the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall".

"I'm thinking of all the girls of colour who will come and see someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American Institution", said the former U.S. first lady.

The Obamas' portraits follow an established Washington tradition: the National Portrait Gallery has commissioned portraits of outgoing USA presidents and first ladies since 1962. Other portraits were acquired as gifts, bought at auctions or through other means.

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