The former President of the US couldn’t help but admit that he found his wife and her portrait hot. This was during an unveiling of the pair’s portraits in a museum.
The unveiling occurred on February 12, 2018, in front of the press and many people. These are the first portraits done by African Americans that will be shown at the Smithsonian.
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were recently honored with new official portraits. The couple attended the unveiling of the photos at the Smithsonian in Washington DC on Monday.
Amy Sherald, an African American artist was the one responsible for painting Michelle’s portrait. Her husband couldn't help but praise the artists work onstage.
Michelle also praised and gushed about the work on Instagram. She stated that as a young girl, even in her wildest dreams, she would have never imagined such a moment.
The former First Lady shared that no one in her family had ever had a portrait. There were no portraits of the Robinsons or the Shields from the South Side of Chicago, she stated.
"Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love."
Barack Obama, Closer Weekly, February 12, 2018
Michelle added that it was all a little bit overwhelming, especially when she thought about all of the young people who would visit the National Portrait Gallery. How many young girls of color would see the portraits, their images displayed in beautiful and iconic ways.
She added that she was proud to help make that kind of history. Michelle then rounded off her message by thanking the artist for her great work.
Barack also expressed his gratitude for his own portrait. His artist was another African American named Kehinde Wiley.
"I tried to negotiate less gray hair and Kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow [him] to do what I asked! I tried to negotiate smaller ears. Struck out on that as well," Barrack joked.
On Instagram, Barrack shared his wife’s sentiments by thanking the first black artists to create official presidential portraits for the Smithsonian. He added that many people from around the world would visit the National Portrait Gallery and see the US through a new lens.
Barrack stated that they would walk out of the museum with a better sense of the America they all loved. He concluded by saying that he hoped they would walk out more empowered to go and change their worlds.