White House To Unveil Official Portraits Of Barack And Michelle Obama
The white house to unveil the official portraits of Former US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama on next week.
The White House announced it will unveil official portraits of former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama next week. The presidential portrait unveiling is a historical White House event.
Darlene Superville said
“Former President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama already have portraits hanging in the National Portrait Gallery, but those are specific to the Smithsonian. What’s happening at the White House is commissioned by the White House Historical Association, specifically to join the collection of the official president and first lady portraits”.
“What’s significant about these ceremonies is there’s a long-standing tradition where current president hosts the immediate past president to unveil their official portrait; however, that didn’t happen with President Trump and former President Obama, which is why Obama’s portrait unveiling is happening on September 7th”, added Superville.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will host the Obamas for the ceremony on September 7th.
“This is a custom the White House Historical Association has funded on behalf of the American people. The first that was revealed under our support were the portraits of the President and Mrs. Johnson. Then we went back and did the Kennedy portraits. So, the first unveiled with us was the Johnson’s and then the Kennedy’s were added and now we’re about to unveil the portraits of the Obamas”, said Stewart McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association.
The unveiling ceremony will take place in the White House East Room.