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February 13, 2018 5:00 pm
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The official portraits of former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama have finally been unveiled and they are outstanding.

The former POTUS’ was painted by African-American artist Kehinde Wiley while Michelle Obama’s was brought to life by artist Amy Sherald. When the 44th President of the United States saw the gorgeous greyscale image of his wife, his reaction was absolutely everything.

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Reacting to her own image, the Chicago native said she felt empowered by what the painting would represent for girls around the world, especially young girls of color who look like her.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama’s paintings will hang in the National Portrait Gallery for public viewing starting on Feb. 13.

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