Obama jokes about ears, gray hair as official portrait unveiled

From Reuters - February 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama joked about his ears and gray hair and praised his wife Michelle Obamas hotness at the unveiling of the couples official portraits at the Smithsonians National Portrait Gallery on Monday.

The Obamas tapped artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald for the paintings, which will be added to the National Portrait Gallerys collection of presidential portraits.

Wiley and Sherald were the first black artists ever commissioned to paint a president or first lady for the Smithsonian.

For his portrait by Wiley, Obama is depicted sitting in a brown chair with a backdrop of bright green leaves and colorful flowers. Michelle Obamas painting shows her sitting with one hand under her chin and the other draped across her lap, while wearing a long flowing dress decorated with geometric shapes.

Obama, who was the first African-American U.S. president, complimented Sherald for her portrait of Michelle.

I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love, Obama said.


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