On Monday, the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley and Baltimore artist Amy Sherald were selected to do the portraits of the former president and Mrs. Obama.
As People magazine points out, several Twitter users were disappointed that Wiley didn’t take this opportunity to paint Obama in the tan suit he wore to a 2014 press conference, which inexplicably drew so much notice from the public—just as Dutch artist Edwin van den Dikkenberg did in an unofficial portrait of the former president that went viral in June 2017.
This portrait is amazing, but I really hope there’s another version with the tan suit and a cigarette pic.twitter.com/3OhSyibQOo
— Jesse Sachs (@JesseSachs) February 12, 2018
So one Photoshop artist edited van den Dikkenberg’s rendering of an oatmeal-suited Obama into Wiley’s portrait.
ok betsy pic.twitter.com/ol5PPxSwBy
— darth:™ (@darth) February 12, 2018
This evoked a plethora of Photoshopped versions, some of which were the epitome of clever:
wait no sean wat are you doing pic.twitter.com/bLABp3wq4E
— delrayser (@delrayser) February 12, 2018
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair (@senatorshoshana) February 12, 2018
Who knew President Obama was Team Luann? pic.twitter.com/m13SICi5Ze
— Sam Herbst (@mrsamherbst) February 12, 2018
Edgy and graceful at the same time.
Perfect choice by President Obama. pic.twitter.com/IBTKYo4f8x
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) February 12, 2018
nice of him to honor his predecessors, the bushes https://t.co/A9XJOrDXCG
— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) February 12, 2018
Is anyone else getting a Beyoncé vibe off Obama’s portrait? pic.twitter.com/FkcNVIVtte
— Surlymom (@Surly_Mom) February 12, 2018
— Camilo Caffi (@caffi07) February 12, 2018
Introducing the new line: Barry, by Tommy Bahama pic.twitter.com/wbs4fn8Pt7
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) February 12, 2018
— BlueEyedBrain (@Blueeyes2luv) February 13, 2018
New Presidential portrait… pic.twitter.com/eXiU7F047G
— Timmy Dale (@timmydale1118) February 13, 2018
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