Barack and Michelle Obama will soon return to the White House for a time-honored tradition that cements their place in history — and according to an official, their portraits are “extraordinary” Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 at the U.S. Capitol More than five years after President Barack Obama left office, he and Michelle will return to the White House at the invitation of President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to reveal the paintings.

“That is really the significance of these portraits, not to be rushed, but to be special and perfect for that president and first lady.”

Typically the artists are selected around the time that a president and first lady move out of the White House, McLaurin says, confirming that the Trumps’ portraits are already in the works.

“This sounds cliche, but you know, these original portraits were done long before we had Instagram and Facebook, so the portraits themselves were the image of that president and first lady that would be remembered in the public’s eye,” he explains.

“Now, a president has millions of digital photographs of their presidency, but in the early years of our country, it was these portraits that would show us what these presidents and first ladies actually looked like.”

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