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Painting Worthy of the Office

The official presidential portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama.
Portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.

ON ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S 209th birthday, four American firsts have brought destiny, dignity, respect, and art together to remind us that this country embodies love, hope, and things bigger than the misrule and chaos that have come out from under rocks and have seemed to define who we are and who we will be. Last Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., four shots of love: the first official portrait of an African-American president, painted by an African-American artist, and the first portrait of an African-American First Lady, painted by an African-American woman artist.

Barack Obama’s portrait is by Kehinde Wiley,

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