Looking for something to cry at today? You’re in luck! The Obamas just unveiled their official portraits.
On Monday the former POTUS and FLOTUS pulled the curtains off of stunning new portraits of themselves that will hang in Washington, D.C. Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.Â
It should go without saying, but our hearts were 100 percent not ready.
First up was Michelle, who worked with Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald. Sherald painted Michelle seated in a dress designed by Michelle Smithâs label Milly.
“I’m thinking about all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institute,” the former first lady said, admiring her portrait.
Next was Barack, who worked with artist Kehinde Wiley. Wiley created an epic seven-foot portrait of Obama sitting on a chair in front of a background of flowers and greenery.Â
“How about that? That’s pretty sharp,” Barack said while admiring the painting.
The garden includes chrysanthemums, the official flower of Obama’s Chicago home, jasmine, a reference to his childhood home of Hawaii, and African blue lilies to celebrate his late father, who was Kenyan.
Barack went on to thank Wiley and Sherald for their remarkable work, adorably giving Sherald a special shoutout for capturing his wife’s brilliance.
“Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace, and beauty, and intelligence, and charm, and hotness of the woman that I love,” Obama said with a chuckle.
He then gave a special shout out to “his man” Joe Biden, of course, and was sure to thank his mother-in-law for passing down the “hotness genes” to his wife.
WOW. Help us, please.
Needless to say, the internet essentially broke at the sight of these works of art.
WOW AMY PAINTED MICHELLE IN HER SIGNATURE GREY SCALE THIS IS A NOT JUST A PORTRAIT THIS IS A WORK OF ART #ObamaPortraits
For the fashion crowd:
DRESS BY MILLY
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THIS IN THIS MUSEUM OR OFFICIAL AMERICAN PORTRAITURE ! pic.twitter.com/qwT0RuvbU1
â sirsargent (@Sirsargent) February 12, 2018
We’d be better off as a country if the White House was being run by the Portraits of Barack Obama & Michelle Obama, which were just unveiled by the National Portrait Gallery then having a real-life version of Trump at the controls.
â Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) February 12, 2018
Can we talk about how stunningly powerful it is to see a black man in a garden the way Kehinde Wiley painted Barack Obama?!
It dismantles so much and creates new visions of masculinity that black men rarely have the public permission to explore. pic.twitter.com/pwycHtbbDX
â Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) February 12, 2018
Some people couldn’t help but crack “into the bushes” jokes.
But most people, including Chrissy Teigen, were busy getting emotional.
“I missed you all,” Barack said to the crowd before stepping back, to which they shouted, “We missed you!”
You can see the portraits in the museum starting tomorrow.Â
Both portraits will be on view starting Feb. 13âhis permanently in the âAmericaâs Presidentsâ exhibition and hers in the museumâs âRecent Acquisitionsâ corridor through early November 2018. #myNPG #ObamaPortraits pic.twitter.com/VZ3oDgHOvF
â Smithsonian (@smithsonian) February 12, 2018
BRB, sobbing uncontrollably while simultaneously planning a trip to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.