The Obamas meet with the Bidens at the White House to unveil their official portrait | KMMO


Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama returned to the White House on Wednesday and reunited with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to unveil their official portraits and introduce the artists behind them. The ceremony returned to the White House after a 10-year hiatus.

The former President chose Robert McCurdy as the artist for his portrait. McCurdy, an artist and photographer known for his hyper-realistic paintings of several well-known figures including Toni Morrison, the Dalai Lama and Jeff Bezos. The photorealistic portrait of Obama in a black suit and gray tie against a crisp white background, revealed Wednesday, was painted from photographs McCurdy took of Obama. Former President Obama said: “As future generations walk through these halls and look up at these portraits, I hope they get a better and honest sense of who Michelle and I were and I hope they walk away with a deeper understanding that when we do.” could make it here, maybe they can too . They can also do remarkable things.”

The former first lady chose Sharon Sprung as the artist for her portrait. Sprung also processed photos she took at the White House to paint Obama in a blue dress, seated on a sofa in the Red Room. The former first lady said the day was not about her or the pictures, but about showing what’s possible in America: “And as much as some people would have us believe that this story has lost some of its luster, that division and discrimination and everything else may have dimmed its light, I still know deep in my heart that what we share my husband goes on to say is so much bigger than what we don’t do. Our democracy is so much stronger than our differences.”

President Biden said of Obama: “There are few people I’ve ever met with more integrity, decency and civil courage than Barack Obama. Mr. President, nothing could have prepared me better or better to be President of the United States than to be by your side for eight years, and I mean that with all my heart.”

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