WASHINGTON, DC-- Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were in the public spotlight again on Monday. This time, there were no politics involved.
Instead, the duo is joining other first couples at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
"Michelle and I are so grateful for the friends and family and former staff and current staff who have taken the time to be here and honor us in this way," former President Barack Obama said.
In true Obama fashion, the two are making more black history! They commissioned the first African-American artists to ever paint presidential portraits.
"I tried to negotiate less grey hair and Kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow him to do what I asked. I tried to negotiate smaller ears. Struck out on that as well," Mr. Obama said.
Besides the grey hair and the ears, the portrait also features a lot of greenery along with three types of flowers in the background. According to Variety, the flowers pay tribute to his hometown of Chicago, to Hawaii, where he grew up, and to his late Kenyan father.
However, the internet wasted no time coming up with memes and other alternative meanings.
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Some even suggested the theme was inspired by Beyoncé.
Is anyone else getting a Beyoncé vibe off Obama’s portrait? pic.twitter.com/FkcNVIVtte
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Mrs. Obama's portrait shows her with grey skin tones; the signature style of the artist.
"I am also thinking about all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in the years ahead will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image who looks like them," Mrs. Obama said.
Some people were less impressed, suggesting it looks nothing like Michelle. None of which matters to her husband.
"Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace, beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love," Mr. Obama said to the artist who completed the portrait.
However you look at it, we can all probably agree that these two paintings certainly broke the mold of the traditional portraits we usually see.