"I tried to negotiate less grey hair and Kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow him to do what I asked", Mr Obama recalled on Monday, when the official portraits of the United States' first black president and his wife Michelle were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
The Portrait Gallery's tradition of commissioning presidential portraits began with President George H.W. Bush.
Not only are the Obamas the first African-American presidential couple to be enshrined in the collection. Mrs. Obama is the first African-American first lady, and the simple fact of her portrait hanging with those of other first ladies is a cultural and emotional milestone.
Obama said, "Thanks to Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, generations of Americans - and young people from all around the world - will visit the National Portrait Gallery and see this country through a new lens".
Ben Shapiro, of the Daily Wire, was even more pointed in his criticism-captioning a piece of abstract art with, "LOVE the new portrait of Michelle Obama". "The Obama presidency will forever be remembered as ground-breaking and positive".
It was reported that if the First Lady was disappointed in the portrait, she was far too gracious to let on.
The artist was born to a Nigerian father and an African-American mother in 1977.
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"Judith and Holofernes is from Wiley's most recent body of work and his first series of paintings to feature female subjects", a 2012 explanation of the work from the North Carolina Museum of Art foundation reads.
In anticipation of the portrait, Smith sent a few iterations of the dress to Obama. "I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives, because I was one of those girls".
I admire the statement the Obamas made by choosing Wiley and Sherald.
According to the Smithsonian, Sherald is known for capturing "the inner strength of her subjects through a combination of calm expressions and confrontational poses".
"I wasn't sure what to make of Baltimore artist Amy Sherald's Michelle Obama, either".
Sean Hannity isn't a fan of Barack Obama, and he's not fond of the former president's new portrait either. Nor does Sherald, who often depicts her subjects with some curiously evocative object (a bunch of balloons or a model ship) that creates a dreamlike atmosphere, emphasize the phantasmagorical in her portrait of Michelle Obama. "My approach to portraiture is conceptual", she said. One wonders what the sitter divulged to the portraitist, who has experienced her own trials-deaths in the family, a heart transplant.