I await Roger Kimball’s commentary on the official portraits of President and Mrs. Obama unveiled as we speak for show in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Speaking as a layman, I can say that I discover Obama’s portrait unflattering and unaesthetic, so maybe it suits. I can even say that it put me in thoughts of Andrew Marvell’s nice metaphysical poem “The Garden,” which I’ve not thought about for almost 50 years. The unveiling occasion appeared to me a return to the ever-present world of id politics, which I would really like to have the ability to overlook for 50 years. That world, I’m afraid, is an excessive amount of with us — completely.
Today, @BarackObama and @MichelleObama turned the primary presidential couple to be painted by African American artists for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. https://t.co/gKAZ47b2Oh pic.twitter.com/mM3LGxFgxO
— The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) February 12, 2018