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Barack and Michelle Obama return to the White House for the unveiling of their official portraits

Barack and Michelle Obama return to the White House for the unveiling of their official portraits

On Wednesday the former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama returned to the White House for the unveiling of their official portraits.

In their first joint return to the White House since leaving in 2017, Barack and Michelle were welcomed with open arms as everyone had the opportunity to view their official photos, which will remain in the White House for years to come.

According to CNNThe Obama photos are the first photos added to the White House collection since Obama’s 2012 bipartisan ceremony for former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.

Barack’s portrait was painted by Robert McCurdy, and Michelle’s portrait was painted by Sharon Sprung.

During the inauguration ceremony, President Biden spoke about the impact of the Obamas, saying:

“Both of them created hope for millions of people who were left behind for so long, and that’s important. They both did it with such grace and such class. You dreamed big and secured lasting victories for the American people, helping to lighten their load with a blessing of hope. It’s so underrated… just having hope. This is the gift of the Obama presidency to the country and to history.”

CNN reports that Robert McCurdy shared that it took him at least a year to complete the portrait of Barack Obama, while he focused on working with a photograph of the former president. Sharon Sprung’s image of the former FLOTUS shows her sitting on a red sofa in the Red Room of the White House while she wears a blue dress. He shared that the portrait was made up of photographs taken at different locations on the White House state floor.

Roommates, what are your thoughts on the official portraits of the Obamas?

TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94


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