The liberal New Yorker is praising the portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama that were unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, on Monday — even though much of the rest of the country is mocking them.
Critics said the former president looked like he was crouching in an outhouse, or that the painting of Michelle Obama did not look like her at all.
Staff writer Vinson Cunningham writes glowingly of Barack Obama’s portrait:
Fellow staff writer Doreen St. Félix is similarly touched by Michelle Obama’s portrait — though she has to dance delicately around the question of whether it actually looks like the former First Lady:
The painting is shocking because Sherald has somehow conjured a vision of Michelle Obama, one of the most photographed women in history, that we have not yet seen—one free of the candid Washingtonian glamour … From some distance, I can imagine, the figure might not be immediately recognizable.