Barack Obama’s Official White House Portrait Is the Perfect Metaphor for His Narcissism

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Earlier this year Barack Obama finally agreed to have his official White House portrait unveiled—having previously refused to participate in the ceremony while Trump was president. I said at the time that I hoped that Obama’s official White House portrait is better than the ridiculous portrait that left-wing artist Kehinde Wiley painted for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.


It’s not.

The portrait features Obama alone, quite literally, in front of an all-white background. It’s weird and a break from tradition.

Yet, at the same time, it’s a perfect metaphor for Obama’s well-documented narcissism. Obama would want his official White House portrait to feature him without any background or environmental context, which happens to be the signature of Robert McCurdy, the artist who painted it.

Pretty much the only thing this bland portrait accomplishes is that it makes the weird Smithsonian portrait look better by comparison.

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Michelle Obama’s official White House portrait wasn’t much better.


It kind of reminds me of a prom photo, but at least it’s better than Hillary’s official White House portrait, which features the tacky product placement of her book It Takes a Village.

How come the Obamas are obsessed with terrible portraits?


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