President Joe Biden and the First Lady welcomed the Obama family to the White House on Wednesday to reveal their official White House photos.
“There are few people I have known with more integrity, decency, and moral courage than Barack Obama,” Biden said. “With Barack as our president, we would wake up every day and go to work full of hope.”
Former President Barack Obama praised the artist for captivating him for what he is, saying, “Presidents are often sprayed, and even take on a legendary status.”
Obama also said the live image will help viewers feel connected.
“What I want people to remember about Michelle and me,” Obama explained, “is that presidents and first ladies are as human as everyone else.”
Michelle Obama referred to “a photo of a biracial child with an unusual name, daughter of a water pump operator, and mother of a housewife.”
Obama said they hope their pictures on the walls of the White House will send a strong message.
“It’s so important that we believe that every self-doubting kid thinks they can, too,” said Michelle Obama.
Who painted President Obama’s presidential portrait?
The Obama’s Smithsonian portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald made an impact for their unusual styles and vibrant colors when they were unveiled at the museum in 2018 – roughly 13 months after Obama left office. These artworks are currently touring the country and will be back in Washington in November.