Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled on Monday at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington.
The portraits were painted 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 followed with a gasp and applause.
All former presidents and first ladies have their portraits done and hung in the Portrait Gallery.
“What you think?” Michelle asked her mother, Marian Robinson. “It’s pretty nice, isn’t it?”
Former First Lady said that she and President Barack Obama met with several artists for their portraits, but she bonded with Sherald because of all the time they spent together.
However, the Twitter community’s response is equally disapproving:
That Michelle Obama portrait, though. pic.twitter.com/Ihh16me7JK
— Niall Stanage (@NiallStanage) February 12, 2018
LOVE the new portrait of Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/c4OXHhFOw6
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 12, 2018
I do not like this painting. Michelle Obama is a vibrant, powerful person, an indelible person, and this portrait conveys none of that. https://t.co/TSbD66Xgqn
— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrantBks) February 12, 2018
— Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) February 12, 2018