The Obama’s unveiled their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery yesterday. Usually, the current president hosts the former one, as Obama did for Bush, & Bush did for Clinton. But with Trump, not so much.
Barack Obama selected Kehinde Wiley, a painter famous for depicting black figures in dignified and colorful poses to paint his portrait. The portrait shows Obama seated in front of an array of flowers. Wiley says the foliage behind Obama was a way of “charting Obama’s path on Earth,” the painting included flowers from Kenya, Hawaii, and Chicago, all significant places in the former president’s life.
Twitter was full of pop culture comparisons. The portrait recalls a famous scene from “The Simpsons” where Homer Simpson recedes into the bushes.
And the time President Trump’s former White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, apparently hid among the bushes to avoid questions from reporters.