Official portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were unveiled Monday at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Obama’s portrait, which was painted by Kehinde Wiley, depicts the 44th president seated in front of greenery and flowers. Mrs. Obama’s painting, done by Amy Sherald, places the Harvard grad in a black and white gown, seated and poised.
Take a look at the portrait unveilings with their respective subjects and artists below.
At the unveiling ceremony, the former POTUS joked that while he loves his painting, he tried to negotiate a portrait featuring less gray hair and smaller ears with Kehinde, to no avail.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 12, 2018
It was his wife’s portrait, though, that left the internet confused, disappointed and slightly amused.
This is a beautiful portrait. It looks very little like Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/1CsRrWIJtN
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 12, 2018
that michelle obama portrait looks
— Xavier D'Leau (@XavierDLeau) February 12, 2018
Michelle Obama when she seen the painted portrait of herself that looked nothing like her…. pic.twitter.com/4P1dy4XFIB
— DiBiase (@Dibiase_ca) February 12, 2018
I’m really mad about Michelle’s portrait. Like why do her like that? Smh
— 🇳🇬NaijaGal🇳🇬 (@Naija4LifeO) February 12, 2018
Michelle’s portrait is…very off.
— Augustus Alexander (@thekidplato) February 12, 2018
Though most people seemed to have no problems with Obama’s portrait, many of his fans did draw comparisons to a popular bush-related meme.
What the Obama portrait looks like: pic.twitter.com/sOiAxMP8G0
— Blair Guild (@BlairGuild) February 12, 2018
According to CBS News, the portraits will hang in the gallery where a complete collection of previous presidential portraits also hang.