The official portraits for former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and people have so much to say about them.
Michelle Obama’s portrait, painted by Amy Sherald, depicts the former first lady in a white dress with geometric patterns, set in front of a pale blue background:
Barack Obama’s portrait, painted by Kehinde Wiley, showed the president wearing a suit (but no tie) and seated in a chair with a backdrop of leaves and flowers:
The paintings, both done by black artists, sparked many reactions on social media:
uhh, yeah, I think Obama's presidential portrait is wonderful, especially compared to literally every single other president pic.twitter.com/7iMm0hEhgZ— Logan Rhoades (@LoganRhoades) February 12, 2018
This is a beautiful portrait. It looks very little like Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/1CsRrWIJtN— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 12, 2018
ive just never felt this physically attracted to a portrait before and idk if im handling it well— Tracy Boomeisha-Ann Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) February 12, 2018
I AM GASPING FOR AIR.— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) February 12, 2018
LOOK AT OUR PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY.
These portraits are incredible. They are Black Beauty and Excellence and they are OURS. Thank you, #NPG@BarackObama and @MichelleObama have never looked more glorious. Gonna go cry, now. pic.twitter.com/KF1LQxrln3
Some people made pretty hilarious jokes:
I think the official Obama portrait is beautiful pic.twitter.com/5YSgjgLUQu— eve peyser (@evepeyser) February 12, 2018
Obama's new portrait looks awfully familiar... pic.twitter.com/S5wenGJTPq— Colleen Wordock (@cwordock) February 12, 2018
Many celebrities shared their thoughts too. Actor and comedian Chris Rock called Barack Obama the “real Black Panther,” while musician Common called the former first couple’s portrait “beautiful.”
Director Ava DuVernay said the portraits reminded her to hope. Model Chrissy Teigen simply asked that Barack “come back” and pleaded for Michelle to “help us.”
Just saw the Presidential Portrait. Wow. Barack Obama is the real Black Panther.— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 12, 2018
What do YOU think of the portraits?
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.