Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled their official portraits today at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The striking, colorful images were an immediate hit and unleashed another potent wave of collective nostalgia for the Obama era. Once again, Americans were reminded of what it was like to have a dignified married couple in the White House
The Obama portraits are an important marker. The fact that they chose Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint them matters — in fact it's huge — and underscores the former first couple's longtime championing of contemporary black artists. More here: https://t.co/LRHoWh3iqp pic.twitter.com/oXFt9m8KzD
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 12, 2018
After the images were released, superstar musician and outspoken Trump critic John Legend took Twitter to praise the Obamas and take a shot at our current president, who has spent the recent news cycle defending accused domestic abuser Rob Porter, who was forced out of the White House last week after images of his ex-wife’s bruised face resurfaced.
The Obamas so cool and graceful. Their successor defending spousal abusers. So stark.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 12, 2018