See Barack And Michelle Obama's Official Portraits

Image National Portrait, Smithsonian Institution

Following the highly-anticipated unveiling of the portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday, the Internet set to work doing what it does best.

It was reported that if the First Lady was disappointed in the portrait, she was far too gracious to let on.

However, the Obamas are an unprecedented couple and they continue to break new ground in terms of representation and whom they entrust to represent them. To commission a painting of Mrs. Obama by artist Kehinde Wiley, who has painted pictures of black women holding the severed heads of white women is outrageous and reveals the double standard of decency acceptable to liberals and the mainstream media. "She added, "I'm also thinking about all 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 know the kind of impact that will have on their lives, because I was one of those girls".

Mr Obama praised Ms Sherald's painting for capturing the "hotness" of his wife.

Image National Portrait, Smithsonian Institution
Image National Portrait, Smithsonian Institution

While less famous than Wiley, Amy Sherald has honed another approach to African American portraiture.

Several people took to Twitter to counter criticism that Ms Obama's portrait did not look like her. Although Sherald selected a more subdued palette for her painting, her subject appears no less regal.

Michelle Obama gave the honor of creating her portrait to Amy Sherald, an African-American artist from Baltimore who is known for incorporating themes of social justice into her paintings.

Others joked that the television show The Simpsons inspired Mr Obama's portrait.

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