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The tradition of inviting former presidents and first ladies back to the White House to unveil their (Original Post) William769 Aug 2022 OP
POTUS Biden is going to host former POTUS Obama instead, I believe, since that boor TFG did not Hekate Aug 2022 #1
Thanks! William769 Aug 2022 #2
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sheshe2 Aug 2022 #4
... William769 Aug 2022 #9
:) sheshe2 Aug 2022 #10
(corrected) I thought Prs Obama's official portrait was unveiled already... electric_blue68 Aug 2022 #3
And real American patriots pissing on it. DemocraticPatriot Aug 2022 #6
Unusual, perhaps. sheshe2 Aug 2022 #14
TY 👍 Maybe what I'm thinking/confused about... electric_blue68 Aug 2022 #19
There are two sets of President/First Lady portraits traditionally commissioned.. Princess Turandot Aug 2022 #18
Oh, I didn't realize this! TY. 👍 No wonder I am confused! electric_blue68 Aug 2022 #20
If Trump is invited eventually, he might be tough to attend if he's in prison. Liberty Belle Aug 2022 #5
... William769 Aug 2022 #7
Heh! (sad trombone) Sorry, NOT Sorry! electric_blue68 Aug 2022 #8
Trigger Warning! sheshe2 Aug 2022 #11
OMFG! William769 Aug 2022 #12
I warned ya. sheshe2 Aug 2022 #13
Ewww...Yup, I can't unsee it now; the emperor, cut off at the knees, has no toes! n/t Backseat Driver Aug 2022 #16
I can't stop laughing. Mickju Aug 2022 #17
Love it! But hands are too big, body is much too skinny. fierywoman Aug 2022 #21
TFG smile Tetrachloride Aug 2022 #15
Melania's portrait...? Is she nude? Grins Aug 2022 #22


(89,639 posts)
1. POTUS Biden is going to host former POTUS Obama instead, I believe, since that boor TFG did not
Wed Aug 17, 2022, 10:23 PM
Aug 2022

I look forward to it


(14,332 posts)
3. (corrected) I thought Prs Obama's official portrait was unveiled already...
Wed Aug 17, 2022, 10:29 PM
Aug 2022

It was an unusual portrait - him sitting down on a chair against a background of leaves, or vines?


(3,962 posts)
6. And real American patriots pissing on it.
Wed Aug 17, 2022, 10:34 PM
Aug 2022

Mostly Democrats, I believe....

(talking about TFG portrait to avoid any confusion)


(82,777 posts)
14. Unusual, perhaps.
Wed Aug 17, 2022, 11:14 PM
Aug 2022

Also unusual to have our first black President, twice elected. I was glued to the news, I knew he was going to win. I did. I knew.

About the Subject

Barack Obama made history in 2009 by becoming the first African American president of the United States. The former Illinois state senator’s election signaled a feeling of hope for the future even as the U.S. was undergoing its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. While working to improve the economy, Obama enacted the Affordable Care Act, extending health benefits to millions of previously uninsured Americans. Overseas, he oversaw the drawdown of American troops in the Middle East—a force reduction that was controversially replaced with an expansion of drone and aviation strikes. Though his mission to kill Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was successful, his pledge to close the Guantanamo prison went unrealized. Obama grew up in Hawaii, where he was one of only three black students at the Punahou School. As a student, he became aware of what it meant to be African American—a realization he later brought with him to the White House. After high school, Obama studied at Occidental College (Los Angeles) and graduated from Columbia University (New York City), where he earned a degree in political science in 1983. After working in the business sector for two years, he moved to Chicago, where he ultimately met his wife, Michelle Robinson. In Chicago, he worked in the impoverished South Side as a community organizer for low-income residents in the Roseland and the Altgeld Gardens communities. Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988, graduating magna cum laude in 1991. While at Harvard, he was elected the first African American editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Obama returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer with the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. He also taught constitutional law part-time at the University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004—first as a lecturer and then as a professor—and helped organize voter registration drives during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Obama’s advocacy work led him to run for a seat in the Illinois State Senate, where he won the election as a Democrat in 1996. During his years as a state senator, Obama worked with both Democrats and Republicans to draft legislation on ethics, as well as expand health care services and early childhood education programs for the poor. In 2004, he joined the United States Senate after winning the largest electoral victory in Illinois history. With this win, Obama became only the third African American elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.

About the Artist

portrait of a man with crossed arms
Kehinde Wiley
By placing contemporary figures in the guise of powerful historic figures, such as Napoleon or John D. Rockefeller, Kehinde Wiley applies the conventions of glorification, history, wealth, and prestige found in art historical portraiture to urban, contemporary black and brown male subjects. Without shying away from potentially complicated socio-political histories, Wiley’s figurative paintings and sculptures reference historical sources and position young black men within the field of power. Wiley’s larger than life figures often blur the boundaries between traditional and contemporary methods of representation. President Obama said at the portrait unveiling: “What I was always struck by whenever I saw [Wiley’s] portraits was the degree to which they challenged our conventional views of power and privilege and the way that he would take extraordinary care and precision and vision in recognizing the beauty and the grace and the dignity of people who are so often invisible in our lives and put them on a grand stage, on a grand scale, and force us to look and see them in ways that so often they were not.”


(14,332 posts)
19. TY 👍 Maybe what I'm thinking/confused about...
Thu Aug 18, 2022, 12:12 AM
Aug 2022

is it possible that the painting(s - FL Michele?) were done AND shown BUT NOT in an Official WH Way...

as I can't imagine drumphf doing the unveilling!

Princess Turandot

(4,783 posts)
18. There are two sets of President/First Lady portraits traditionally commissioned..
Thu Aug 18, 2022, 12:06 AM
Aug 2022

One set is commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery for each POTUS/FLOTUS.

The portraits being discussed above are a gift to the public from the White House Historical Association, the organization founded by Jackie Kennedy in 1961, to "to protect, preserve, and provide public access to the rich history of America’s Executive Mansion."

In addition to commissioning the portraits of the current occupants (beginning in 1965), the association has also worked to acquire portraits of prior POTUS/FLOTUS from other collections. The artist nowadays is selected by the First Couple, and unveiled after their term is complete, normally in a ceremony hosted by the current POTUS/FLOTUS. The Obamas hosted the Bushes ~ 2012 in a cute, non-political event. Trump refused to do the same for the Obamas. (He also moved the paintings sets of 42 and 43 (I think those were the ones) out of the prominent position in the building usually accorded to the most recent presidents.)

I don't know what they're going to do with Trump though. There are paintings of the Nixons in the collection, although no ceremony took place for them. After the WHHA commissioned one in 1981, Nixon commissioned his own in 1984, and gave it to the collection! (When the beautiful portraits of JFK and JBK were completed in 1970, the Nixons hosted Jackie and the children for a private unveiling, since she didn't wish to have a public ceremony.)

You can see the paintings here (if this longwinded reply hasn't put you to sleep). A number of them are very done.

Liberty Belle

(9,521 posts)
5. If Trump is invited eventually, he might be tough to attend if he's in prison.
Wed Aug 17, 2022, 10:34 PM
Aug 2022

Perhaps a portrait of him in a prison-issued orange jumpsuit would be most suitable.


(1,790 posts)
17. I can't stop laughing.
Thu Aug 18, 2022, 12:03 AM
Aug 2022

It's probably pretty accurate. I had seen it before, but it still made me laugh.

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