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The Unveiling

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204 Responses to “The Unveiling”


  1. 1 globalcitizenlinda
    February 12, 2018 at 10:31 am

    We are lucky witnesses to history

  2. 2 mtmarilyn
    February 12, 2018 at 10:32 am

    This is such a monumental morning. What we are missing.

  3. February 12, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Okay guys give me your opinion of Michelle and Barack photo

  4. 6 mtmarilyn
    February 12, 2018 at 10:38 am

    PBO says Amy captured Michelle’s hottness. What a testimony.

  5. February 12, 2018 at 10:40 am

  6. 11 Nerdy Wonka
    February 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

    AMAZING!!!!

    • 12 nathkatun7
      February 12, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      “When they go low, we go high.” FLOTUS Michelle Obama.

      I think Amy Sherald captured the essence of our forever First Lady in this portrait. Thank you so much, Nerdy, for sharing these portraits of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with us. Thank you also for all your hard work in keeping the Obamadairy.com such a special place.

  7. February 12, 2018 at 10:45 am

    LOVELOVE> them both. Will admit I *may* like Michelle’s a tiny bit better. 🙂

  8. 15 jacquelineoboomer
    February 12, 2018 at 10:46 am

    LOVE both portraits!

  9. 16 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 10:48 am

  10. 17 jacquelineoboomer
    February 12, 2018 at 10:49 am

  11. 21 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 10:51 am

  12. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    February 12, 2018 at 10:51 am

    WOW…WOW…WOW!!!!

  13. 26 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 10:51 am

  14. 27 mtmarilyn
    February 12, 2018 at 10:55 am

    These portraits will definitely evoke conversation. I love it. This is who Barack and Michelle are. I love the explanations both Amy and Kehinde give. What emotional morning.

  15. 28 Don
    February 12, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I love both portraits, the contrast between Barack’s colorful image and Michelle’s black and white and grey is amazing. I think both artist captured Barack and Michelle’s image perfectly.

  16. 29 WhenPamelaWandered
    February 12, 2018 at 11:03 am

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  17. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    February 12, 2018 at 11:03 am

  18. 32 CEB
    February 12, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I was back and forth trying to find a version that had sound. Wound up on YouTube, but still was not the best and I missed the opening part of Michelle’s speech. Hope there is a cleaner version somewhere. I love both portraits and was happy to see my guess about the significance of the foliage in PBO’s portrait was correct. PBO was so funny and so much himself in his remarks (even though he wound up wearing a tie and buttoned up for the first time in months); such a joy and a comfort to see him. Looks like Michelle has a bit of a cold, but as gorgeous as ever. She even did her mom thing of reminding Khinde (?) to thank his mom. It was so touching to hear and see him do so that I started crying too. What a wonderful way to start the week: a double dose of Obama goodness to give us joy and strength for the fight to reclaim what they have given us.

    • 33 CEB
      February 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

      I wish I could be at the reception that followed more than anything; just in a corner somewhere observing and soaking up the atmosphere of being around them and a room full of smart, kind, creative people who have loved supported and worked with our Forever POTUS and FLOTUS.

    • 34 mtmarilyn
      February 12, 2018 at 11:21 am

      I finally found sound on cspan. But it is such an emotional morning. Listening to Barack and Michelle soothes my soul.

  19. 35 Don
    February 12, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I just love the fact from now to the end of time when people go to see portraits of Presidents and first ladies they will stop and take notice of Barack and Michelle. Like Michelle said “girls and especially black girls will see someone that looks like them.”

  20. February 12, 2018 at 11:08 am

  21. 39 Nerdy Wonka
    February 12, 2018 at 11:08 am

  22. 43 carolyn
    February 12, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I love them both. Entirely captivating. I love that the artist showed PBO’s beautiful, strong hands so well. His hands are magnificent.

  23. 45 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

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    • February 12, 2018 at 11:20 am

    • 48 CEB
      February 12, 2018 at 11:27 am

      There is symbolism in the positioning of the flowers that represent the places that molded his character and his life. And look how the green leaves are embracing him all over (the millions that he has touched, the life given to so many through his example and more.).

      • February 12, 2018 at 11:28 am

        YES!!!! I think his expression captures his probing nature. I love that he’s enveloped in a gorgeous and bountiful garden, that he’s leaning forward without a tie.

  25. 50 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

  26. 51 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:15 am

  27. 52 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:16 am

  28. 53 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I LOVED how Mr. Wiley described this! It shook me!

  29. 54 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Amen!

  30. February 12, 2018 at 11:23 am

  31. 56 CEB
    February 12, 2018 at 11:30 am

    It is rather unusual for visual artist to be so eloquent and so able to explain what they do and their visions in such clear terms. Was very impressed with their remarks. This whole thing, including the significance of the unveilings being done during Black History Month, has me giddy with joy and full of gratitude and pride.

    • February 12, 2018 at 11:36 am

      I was Dean of Students at a very good art school and let me tell you one of the hardest jobs was trying to impress upon the artists how important it is to be able to talk about your work. If you don’t do it, others will.

  32. 58 CEB
    February 12, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I hope that there will be smaller prints that we can buy.

  33. February 12, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Shouldn’t really rip off their work but this is a fun idea!!

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  35. 61 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:36 am

  36. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    February 12, 2018 at 11:36 am

  37. 65 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:37 am

  38. 66 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:37 am

  39. 67 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:38 am

  40. 68 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:38 am

  41. 69 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:39 am

  42. 70 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 11:40 am

  43. 72 Nerdy Wonka
    February 12, 2018 at 11:44 am

  44. 79 globalcitizenlinda
    February 12, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Note to self: please don’t let the forever-bitter O-haters spoil your mood … just enjoy the unveiled Obama portraits in peace

  45. 81 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Okay he didn’t “live” in Kenya, but the point remains – he has roots there that shaped him and he visited.

  46. 82 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    HOPE

  47. 83 whenpamelawandered
    February 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    #keepyoutheheart❤️ #bevigilantdontbeafraid #trusttheprocess “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only Love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Let us work hard not to join in their hate. Let us work to pray Light will shine into their darkened, soulless existence, thus using our strength and unity to lift them up. Even as they try to drive us down. This is my own greatest challenge of these days, but in my heart I know Light and kindness will prevail ~ we have had, and still have, two shining, sterling examples clearing the path ahead, so we may follow.

    Thank you, TOD. Bless you each and everyone. Big hugs all around. ❤️

  48. February 12, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    OMG, NO.

  49. 86 Don
    February 12, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    What if future Presidents and first ladies decide to have their portraits done by an African American?

  50. 87 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Okay, sitting, but 💥

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  52. 92 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

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  54. February 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    • 107 Don
      February 12, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Hasn’t that always been their plan?

      • 108 CEB
        February 12, 2018 at 1:23 pm

        Yep. From the day their unwashed ancestors washed up on these shores from the shit holes of England and Europe.

      • February 12, 2018 at 1:57 pm

        I do not know if it has always been their plan…but it is now….We democrats must go on the offensive…The GOP and the dark forces that they represent will never stop trying to enslave us…Just look at PA around the issue of gerrymandering….they are now making plans to impeach the Justices who voted against the gerrymandering……they will never give up the fight….we have to be just as diligent …for we are fighting to save our democracy..

    • February 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      This is what JOY spoke of yesterday in her podcast…

  55. 111 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Senior News Editor from essence

  56. 112 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    For anyone looking for full video

  57. 113 Don
    February 12, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Today’s unveiling of both Barack and Michelle’s portraits stand in stark contrast to the current environment. Today we were treated to a brief respite from all the ills that have befallen our nation. Today is a beautiful day because once again we are shown what is possible when we fight for it.

  58. February 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Yes. Yes, indeed.

  59. 117 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    OMG!

  60. 118 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 1:47 pm

  61. 119 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    And you know it was coming, cuz Twitter 🙃

  62. 121 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm

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  64. 123 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 2:03 pm

  65. 124 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 2:06 pm

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  67. 131 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Oh wow!

  68. February 12, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    What a presentation! The portraits are so good, so perfect and so real.
    The speeches by Michelle OBAMA and President OBAMA were delightful. I missed them so much.
    The speeches by the artists were simply wonderful.
    I thank God that he sent Barack and Michelle
    to us.?Through their example we can all gain the courage to live better, to do better and to love more. Feeling kind of emotional just now.
    Thanks for being here TOD.

  69. 133 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 2:25 pm

  70. 134 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm

  71. 136 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    LOL!!! Folks come up with darnedest things!

  72. 138 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 2:43 pm

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  75. 144 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

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    February 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm

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  80. 155 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 3:25 pm

  81. February 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    GREAT

  82. 159 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Bam!

  83. 160 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 3:43 pm

  84. 164 sherijr
    February 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Something happened today that bothers me. Due to my lower income living on disability, my son has received Medicaid. He turned 18 in July although he’s still in HS (a senior). So because he turned 18 I assumed he couldn’t have Medicaid any longer & thus did not recertify him back in November. However, he suddenly became ill friday & really needs to see a doctor- so long story sorry- today I found out via Maryland Health Connections that he is still eligible since I support him. YAY for that. But today they asked me a question (and for proof) of something they have never asked before: Proof of his citizenship. I asked why, all of sudden? She couldn’t give me an answer… I asked if they have his race listed- she actually wouldn’t answer that question (he is black & I’m pretty sure that info is part of the questions I answered previously when first signing him up for Medicaid.

    This is Maryland, supposedly progressive. Is this coming from the federal govt via Trump’s BS? I am so angry & offended by this. Thus I had to submit proof that he is an American citizen- for the first time since we moved to this state. I honestly felt fearful, I thought what if he wasn’t a citizen and sick like he is now, then what? Then is he just not worth receiving healthcare? Is this what we’re putting parents of non-citizen kids through? I hate this country right now. I’m honestly ashamed of this America. Right now I hate every single fool that voted for this filth and every Russian that participated in screwing over America. And Trump, I can’t even express my hatred for this trash.

    • 165 jacquelineoboomer
      February 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      I felt your pain, throughout your telling of this event. So very sorry! God bless you and your son.

      We will get through all this, but WHEN. When?

    • February 12, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      I know that these kinds of things can be fearful and disconcerting…and yes…it might get worse before it gets better….but we still can win….i am making sure that i have as many documents as possible….including passport….(((huggs)))

      • 169 sherijr
        February 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm

        After today, I’ve made a copy of my son’s birth certificate for both he & I to carry with us at all times. It is sickening, Sheila- I will try to remain hopeful as you are doing.

        • February 12, 2018 at 7:50 pm

          If you can send a letter to the editor…anonymously…or contact the ACLU….so that this can be recorded in some way

          • 171 sherijr
            February 12, 2018 at 7:55 pm

            I was thinking my senate reps- as I do believe this comes from the feds, but state reps should know also. Just a thought, but I agree with you also on the ACLU.

        • February 12, 2018 at 7:53 pm

          So sorry and sad to read this, sherijr. As other’s have said, we will get through this. The ‘when’ is the question and also how much damage will be done and how long to repair that damage. 😦 😦 😦

    • 173 Dudette
      February 12, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      Sending you both love, Dearest. Prayers for your son’s speedy recovery. Prayers for financial blessing. Prayers for strength and hope, for you and our nation.

    • 176 Mtmarilyn2
      February 12, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Oh sherijr, what a horrid thing to go through. I am having a real hard time dealing with Trump people. Prayers for you and your son.

  85. 177 Nena20409
    February 12, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Hello, Hello, Hello TODbots!
    Wow! Wow! Wow!
    I had no idea that today 12Feb17 was to be the unveiling of the Obamas Portraits in DC. Thanks, TODville Community! Thanks, NW!
    Congrats, Linda on your Au ⭐
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    ❤ ❤ ❤ TODable TODville Village!

  86. 178 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 3:58 pm

  87. 179 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Ha! Didn’t realize they were playing this at the National Portrait Gsllery while the crowd was waiting for the unveiling!
    Love it! 😁

  88. 181 Nena20409
    February 12, 2018 at 4:06 pm

  89. 182 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    From earlier today… ❤️

  90. 183 Nena20409
    February 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Yup, President Obama warned Us!

  91. 186 Nena20409
    February 12, 2018 at 4:16 pm

  92. 187 Dudette
    February 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    There’s always one…

  93. 191 donna dem 4 obama
    February 12, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Well I know where I’m going to take the grandgirls this weekend. I’ll need to confirm that they will be on display but am so looking forward to seeing these in person.

    • 192 purpleshoesla
      February 12, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      DD4O, nice to see ya around these parts. How wonderful to be able to take them to see these beautiful portraits and a slice of history. You are not calling them grand babes anymore. They must be getting so big ❤ ❤ 🙂

    • 193 Mtmarilyn2
      February 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      If you can take of picture there take one with those darling granddaughters of yours with the portraits and show them to us. That’s what makes my heart sing, the thought of all those beautiful children taking in those portraits. So emotional.

  94. 194 JER
    February 12, 2018 at 4:37 pm

  95. 197 GGAIL
    February 12, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Nerdy, it’s for days and occasions such as this that make having TOD so very important.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping us together ❤️

  96. 202 JER
    February 12, 2018 at 4:42 pm

  97. February 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I’ll have to look for her show tonight!!


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