Barack Obama and his wife, the former First Lady Michelle ObamaThe former president returned to the White House this Wednesday (7) to unveil their official portraits, welcomed by fellow Democrat Joe Biden more than five years after leaving the cabinet.
Formal and large portraits of presidents and first ladies America Decorate walls, corridors and rooms throughout the White House.
Normally, a former president would return to the inauguration ceremony during his successor’s term, but Obama, as a Republican, had no ceremony. Donald Trump He was in the role of leader.
The previous portraits of the Obamas, which opened in 2018 and are on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, have become a major tourist attraction.
Barack Obama next to the Michelin painting on September 7, 2022 — Photo: Evelyn Hochstein/Reuters
The Obamas chose black artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint the portrait, the first commission of a black artist for a presidential portrait at a museum.
Trump, who won the election in 2016 and succeeded Obama in 2017, was a longtime supporter of the “birther” movement, which falsely claimed that Obama was not born in the United States. America So don’t be president.
Stewart McClaurin, president of the White House Historical Society, said there is no prescribed process for presidential portraits.
“Determining the exact time will appear in the White House portrait of the current president and the former president, but there is no set timetable,” he said.
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