Twitter explodes with joy after seeing Michelle and Barack Obama at their portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
During her speech, Mrs. Obama said: “I’m also thinking about all of the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who will in years ahead come to this place … and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution.”
President Obama thanked Amy Sherald, who painted Mrs. Obama’s portrait. He said, “Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and the intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love.”
Barack Obama praises Michelle Obama’s portrait artist “for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love.” https://t.co/31IsuBQpNp pic.twitter.com/7tkznasSaA
— ABC News (@ABC) February 12, 2018
Some people panned the portraits but I love them both. Kehinde Wiley, who painted President Obama’s portrait said the flowers symbolized different places.
The chrysanthemum, which is the official flower of Chicago, symbolizes where Obama began his political career. The jasmine represents Hawaii, where he was born, and the African blue lillies symbolize Kenya, where his father was born.
The Obamas represented a time when America wasn’t embarrassed by constant barrage of incompetence, lies, ignorance, misogynists, racists,
#Deplorables, sexual abusers, spousal abusers & corruption. We miss Barack and Michelle #Obama.
Reaction on Twitter:
If you can listen to Barack and Michelle Obama speak without weeping for what we’ve lost, you’re a stronger person than I.
— iDissent (@ThomboyD) February 12, 2018
Michelle Obama should run for president against Trump I'd love to see what kinda disgusting attacks Trump would say about a woman with more class dignity and American in her little finger than anyone in the white house today
— Derek paul (@dpt7401) February 12, 2018
So refreshing to see a real president speak and not read. Thank you President Obama. And we sorely miss a real First Lady …Michelle Obama. Keep Hope Alive. Change is coming.
— jim lynch (@jlynch119) February 12, 2018
— Kimmie (@KimmieM70) February 12, 2018