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Fri May 22, 2020, 01:24 AM

In a Sign of a Divided America, Trump Will Not Unveil Obama Portrait in the White House Anytime Soon

In a Sign of a Divided America, President Trump Will Not Unveil Barack Obamaís New Portrait in the White House Anytime Soon

For the first time in decades, the former and sitting presidents will not meet for the debut of the official artwork.

Breaking with a tradition that goes back more than forty years, President Trump will not welcome his predecessor, Barack Obama, into the East Wing for the grand reveal of his White House portrait. Amid an escalating war of words between the current and former presidents, NBC News reports that neither wants to take part in the ritual. Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama will therefore likely not be installed until Trump is out of office.

The White House displays portraits of every president since George Washington. These official artworks are created through a highly specific process: they are commissioned by the White House Historical Association, a privately funded heritage organization, with the artists being selected personally by the former president and first lady. When complete, the Association donates the paintings to the White House, whose curator places them.

According to NBC, the artists for the Obama portraits were selected in early 2017, though because of a confidentiality agreement, the details remain unknown. Recent White House portraits have been by John Howard Sanden, who painted both George W. Bush and Laura Bush in 2012; Simmie Knox, who painted Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton in 2001; Herbert E. Abrams, who painted George H.W. Bush in 1994; and Chas Fagen, who painted Barbara Bush, also in 1994.

The unveiling customarily happens towards the end of the first term of a presidentís successor, and brings the former presidentís staff, family, and friends back to the White House to mingle with the current occupants. The Obamas, for instance, welcomed George and Laura Bush in the East Wing for their reveal in 2012.

Read more: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/trump-obama-portraits-white-house-1865568



President Barack Obama welcomes former President George W. Bush and Former First Lady Laura Bush back to the White House to unveil his formal Presidential portrait that will hang form this point on in the White House. Photo by ImageCatcher News Service/Corbis via Getty Images.

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Reply In a Sign of a Divided America, Trump Will Not Unveil Obama Portrait in the White House Anytime Soon (Original post)
Rhiannon12866 May 22 OP
trixie2 May 22 #1
Blue Owl May 22 #2
roamer65 May 22 #3
struggle4progress May 22 #4
Rhiannon12866 May 22 #5
Initech May 22 #6
smirkymonkey May 22 #7
Rhiannon12866 May 22 #9
Rollo May 22 #8
SunSeeker May 22 #21
sfstaxprep May 22 #10
Journeyman May 22 #11
Rhiannon12866 May 22 #14
Cha May 22 #12
Rhiannon12866 May 22 #15
Cha May 22 #16
Rhiannon12866 May 22 #17
Cha May 22 #19
napi21 May 22 #13
Rhiannon12866 May 22 #20
littlemissmartypants May 22 #18
LisaM May 22 #22
Rhiannon12866 May 22 #23
Worried2020 May 22 #24
Rhiannon12866 May 23 #25

Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:29 AM

1. Such a toddler

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:31 AM

2. Hey Donald

Grow up and act like a man, you spoiled little piece of shit

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:32 AM

3. If I go to the WH I wanna throw gum at COVID-45's portrait.

Chewed just enuff that it still has sugar, so it sticks well and removes paint.

I figured the orange spray paint can may not major it through security.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:33 AM

4. Takes a petty man to do such petty stuff ! Oh, it takes a petty man to do such petty stuff !

Yeah, it takes a petty man to do such petty stuff ! He's pettier now and who ain't had enough ?

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #4)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:36 AM

5. I've wondered what will happen to an impeached POTUS who ends up in prison

Or one who doesn't read? Will there be a library, for instance??

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:39 AM

6. He is such a whiny, pathetic, and petty piece of shit.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:40 AM

7. Petty, jealous little POS.

He will never, ever measure up to BHO no matter what he does. He will never even come close. He is an abysmal failure in every way. As a president, as a man, as a human being. Obama will always be superior to him in every way and nothing he can do will ever change that.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #7)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:46 AM

9. I'm still gobsmacked that Congress didn't vote to remove him when they had the chance

The evidence was overwhelming and they only presented part of it. I had hopes since the Republicans finally stepped up to the plate on Nixon - and that's what it would have taken for Trump. But unfortunately the current batch of Republicans are as corrupt and unpatriotic as Trump is.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:43 AM

8. Biden should install Trump's portrait in the basement washroom...

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Response to Rollo (Reply #8)

Fri May 22, 2020, 03:41 AM

21. Yes, right above a gold toilet. nt

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:46 AM

10. I Really Don't Care

Let President Biden unveil it in January, and stand side by side with Barack.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:49 AM

11. In a sign of his inestimable maturity, President Obama accepts this in silence . . .

knowing that someday, soon, another Administration will be in the White House and that he will most likely outlive President Trump, for even though Trump seems but a toddler, he's truly a very decrepit, very miserable dotard.

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #11)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:58 AM

14. I've often wondered how President Obama manages not to be even more outraged than we are

But then he has always been the smartest guy in any room with a demeanor and maturity that Trump cannot understand or imagine. And you're right, President Obama will still be with us when Trump is only a brief, hopefully forgettable stain on our otherwise proud history.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:52 AM

12. And, guess who's better off bc of that?

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Response to Cha (Reply #12)

Fri May 22, 2020, 02:00 AM

15. Well said!

And that's a beautiful portrait - the suit is particularly becoming!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #15)

Fri May 22, 2020, 02:04 AM

16. I know.. good ol Steve Schmidt.. I think he's a

Dem now.

Ah yes.. the tan suit lives for Eternity.. take that fox scews.

Mahalo, Rhiannon

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Response to Cha (Reply #16)

Fri May 22, 2020, 02:12 AM

17. I agree, Steve Schmidt has the best anti-Trump rants out there these days

And so much for the Republican outrage about that tan suit!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #17)

Fri May 22, 2020, 02:17 AM

19. That was one of their most STUPID "poutrages"

Ever!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:58 AM

13. I'll really celebrate the day when this JA leaves the WH permanently!! I went on the video call

Jill Biden had in Ga. today. She dud well, as expected, but one thing she did that really impressed me. Right after she introduced herself and related where she went to school and what her goals were, she explained what her dreams were. I cant do an exact quote, but something like this: I dream of 2021, and I see everyone watching their TV when their President comes on and not having to change the channel. They'll be happy their children are back in school, and all of them are doing well because we now have free education from kindergarten (age 3) thru 12. Th US is the respected leader of the free World once again, and we will have rejoined the Paris accords and are leading the World in climate change efforts. She had several other things in her dream and then went on to answer questions. It plants the "dream" in the listeners minds and have something to look forward to.

I feel it was brilliant to include "the dreams" because it points out some of the things DT has f'ed up and how things can be good again when a responsible, experienced person is in charge who puts capable people in all the positions that have been decimated by installing "good buddies or campaign donors" who know nothing about their jobs.

Joe will be honored to invite the Obamas back to the WH for the unveiling of his portrait.

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Response to napi21 (Reply #13)

Fri May 22, 2020, 02:21 AM

20. Thanks so much for sharing that!

Her words are exactly what we're all hanging onto and hoping for! And I have long looked forward to turning on the news again and not immediately changing the channel when the threat of seeing footage of Trump comes up! And Jill Biden is also the smartest woman in any room - one more thing to look forward to!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 02:14 AM

18. President Bodybags will look great in his Orange jumpsuit.

I wonder what basement toilet they will hang his portrait in. Malaria of course should pose semi nude and have her portrait relegated to an adjoining toilet for display.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 05:48 AM

22. He wouldn't do it if his own father had been the previous President.

Of course, its being Obama makes it even more petty, and it's to be expected. But frankly, I don't think he would he capable of honoring any predecessor.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #22)

Fri May 22, 2020, 05:56 AM

23. You're right - he has no affinity for any predecessor, regardless of party

He's not a Republican, he once registered Democratic and also Independent. He has no allegiances except to himself and he's always only been in this for how he could benefit, especially monetarily, for himself personally.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:18 PM

24. I don't understand all the outrage towards Trump

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From the OP

"NBC News reports that neither wants to take part in the ritual"



W

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Response to Worried2020 (Reply #24)

Sat May 23, 2020, 05:25 AM

25. The point is that this is a tradition that goes back decades, regardless of party

If you notice, the pic in the OP was of the Obamas welcoming the Bushes back to the White House to dedicate their portraits. And POTUS is a very exclusive club, it's also been tradition for new presidents to call on their predecessors for advice and help, regardless of party. LBJ called on his predecessor, Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter only had Ford and Nixon and he found Ford to be particularly helpful in dealing with Congress. George H.W. Bush called on Carter for diplomatic missions and Carter also was responsible for the last nuclear treaty with North Korea on behalf of the Clinton administration in 1994.

Trump is the exception to any tradition or usual camaraderie. His insistence on investigating the previous Obama administration on unspecified charges ("Obamagate" ) is responsible for the bad feeling between them. Can you imagine Trump in this photo??



p.s. Welcome to DU!

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