However, the Obamas are an unprecedented couple and they continue to break new ground in terms of representation and whom they entrust to represent them.
Both Obamas chose black artists who've been praised by Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery.
Reflecting to the audience, Michelle Obama admitted to feeling "a little overwhelmed" by occasion.
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"I'm thinking of all the girls of colour who will come and see someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American Institution", said the former U.S. first lady. Mr. Obama, for his part, seemed delighted with the painting, showing him leaning forward intently while seated, suspended in a verdant backdrop of vines and flowers.
To me, I question if the model used for this portrait was actually the former First Lady.
The former president said Mr Wiley was "working at a disadvantage because his subject was less becoming". "How about that? That's pretty sharp", Obama said when the image was revealed.
Wiley is known for depicting modern-day African-American subjects using the tropes of classical European art.
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Several people took to Twitter to counter criticism that Ms Obama's portrait did not look like her.
One can only imagine the outrage, marches and demonstrations (and perhaps riots) that would have occurred had a white racist artist been commissioned to paint the official portrait of first lady Laura Bush.
Former President Obama praised Sherald for her work on his wife's portrait, which he said captured "the grace, intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love". This artist beat out 2500 other artists to paint this portrait.
The leaders from six top US intelligence agencies all testified that China , Russia and North Korea pose grave threats to the U.S. Coats was joined by the heads of the CIA, FBI, Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency.
It lifted Mazdzer to second in the standings, while wiping the smile off Loch's face as he stood in the leaders' booth. Oh my God, honestly it came down to, I need to do well at the Olympics to keep going. "Now I'm up there".
It's a little less obvious than Snapchat's notification, but it still has users divided over the usefulness of the feature. Not everyone has reacted to this new test feature just yet; but it looks like it will be business as usual for Instagram.
Gonzalo Higuain struck first for Juventus inside two minutes and added a second from a penalty after a foul by Ben Davies. What he did next had Tottenham's hopes soaring and fired a result that showed they belong at this rarefied level.
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Ritchie's victor came from a clever flick by Dwight Gayle after Jonjo Shelvey's lofted free-kick had been headed down in the area. This was an unimaginative performance lacking drive and desire and leaves them 16 points behind leaders Manchester City .
The pilot survived the initial attack and ejected, but died in a ground fight, detonating his grenade to avoid being captured. Citing unverified preliminary reports "from Syria " he claimed that as many as 644 could have been killed.
Over the past couple of years, he's been at the helm of HTC's switch in design language with the U Ultra and the U 11 variants. However, it remains to be seen how active HTC will be in that sector, now that its talented mobile team is over at Google .
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