Fans Praise Celebrate & Michelle Obama’s Official White House Portrait Unveilings

Barack & Michelle Obama are back in the White House!

The first African-American President and the former First Lady returned to their former residence on Wednesday, September 7. The iconic pair attended the unveiling ceremony of their official White House portraits, a historical moment that warmed the hearts of thousands.

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Barack & Michelle at Obama Portrait Unveiling at the White House

As shared by PEOPLE, President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, welcomed their friends back to their former house to present their official portraits. The ceremony took place at the property’s East Room. Although the Obamas moved out of the Presidential residence in 2017, their presence will permanently reside on the mansion’s walls in places selected by White House curators.


The artists Robert McCurdy and Sharon Sprung had the honor of painting the dynamic political duo. The White House Historical Association presented their stunning portraits to the couple at the unveiling ceremony. Barack’s artwork captured the former president at his finest, looking dapper in a black suit, gray shirt, and matching gray tie. The 61-year-old completed the formal look with an American flag pin.

The portrait featured a stark white background that ensured viewers focused only on the Honolulu native, who looked alive in the hyper-realistic painting. The father-of-two praised McCurdy’s talents after the unveiling. According to the former POTUS, he admired the painter’s work because the man always painted people precisely how they looked without alternations. Despite Barack’s request for a few touches, McCurdy stood by his principles.

The Affordable Care Act pioneer told the audience, “You’ll note that he refused to hide any of my gray hairs, refused my request to make my ears smaller. He also talked me out of wearing a tan suit.” Meanwhile, Michelle’s portrait featured bright colors made from the handmade paints Sprung typically used. Like her husband’s painting, the former first lady’s artwork was created using reference photos taken inside the White House.

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