Smithsonian Releases Obama Portraits, Internet Can't Get Over How Little Michelle's Looks Like Her

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February 12, 2018Feb 12, 2018

On Monday, the Obamas went to the National Portrait Gallery to unveil their official portraits. The portraits of the former President and first lady received mixed reviews.

After the unveiling, Barack Obama praised Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald “for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love.”

https://twitter.com/ABC/status/963075511902642176

Many were left wondering what painting he was looking at. The portrait, which is painted in grayscale to take the focus off her skin color, looks nothing like Michelle.

“Michelle Obama is an elegant lady and the portrait looks nice. But clearly, the artist drew someone else,” Dr. Eugene Gu, a health care columnist for The Hill, tweeted.

https://twitter.com/eugenegu/status/963074158887391234

The rest of Twitter was also quick to react.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted, “LOVE the new portrait of Michelle Obama." Along with the caption, he added modern art.

Likewise, The Daily Wire columnist Matt Walsh tweeted out a random piece of art, saying he liked Michelle's portrait.

https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/963086481727410181

The reactions didn't end there. Liberals and conservatives alike expressed their confusion.

https://twitter.com/davidmackau/status/963069397484081152

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However, some defended the portrait. One user posted a collage of the artist's paintings, claiming that the portrait wasn't meant to look like Michelle.

https://twitter.com/Rschooley/status/963072464006791168

If the first lady was disappointed in the portrait, she didn't let on.

After her portrait was unveiled, the former first lady said she “was a little overwhelmed, to say the least.”

She added, “I’m also thinking about all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up, and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall.”

https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/963079431807004673

Barack Obama’s portrait, which was painted by by Kehinde Wiley, features a seven-foot portrait sitting in a field of flowers.

His portrait didn't avoid Twitter's comments. People especially commented on the colorful background.

https://twitter.com/mgnmcdonough/status/963074182811734016

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