Michelle Obama Unveiled Her Official Portrait – The Audience Reaction Says It All

Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large

An official portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama was unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Monday morning.

The painting was done by Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who is known for her social justice painting style.

“Let’s just start by saying, ‘Wow,’ again. Let me just take a minute. It’s amazing. Wow,” Obama said after the portrait was unveiled. The moment was met with a gasp and applause.

All presidents and first ladies have their portraits done and hung in the Portrait Gallery.

Artist Amy Sherald and former first lady Michelle Obama participate in the unveiling of Mrs. Obama's portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Artist Amy Sherald and former first lady Michelle Obama participate in the unveiling of Mrs. Obama’s portrait at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Former first lady Michelle Obama at the unveiling of her portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Michelle Obama claps at portrait unveiling. (Photo: Screenshot/MSNBC)

(Photo: Screenshot/MSNBC)

Michelle Obama at portrait unveiling. (Photo: Screenshot/MSNBC)

(Photo: Screenshot/MSNBC)

“Whatcha think?” she asked her mother, Marian Robinson. “It’s pretty nice, isn’t it?”

Obama said that she and President Barack Obama interviewed several artists for their portraits, and that she bonded with Sherald because of all the time they spent together.

The comments on twitter were equally disapproving:

 

Ouch.

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