Obama Homer bushes

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. unveiled portraits of former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama that shocked the public because of their simplicity.

But it is Barack’s painting that drew the most criticism and attention for its awkward positioning of the former President.

The painting shows former President Obama sitting on a wooden chair against a backdrop of bushes. The chair and Mr. Obama’s legs appear to be disappearing into the bushes.

The strange painting is similar to the popular Homer Simpson animated GIF that shows the cartoon character disappearing into a bush.

Homer Simpson

Mr. Obama appeared to be stunned and taken aback when he helped unveil his portrait on Monday.

Obamas

Whatever the Obamas thought about the paintings, they kept their observations to themselves and smiled graciously as the invited guests applauded politely.

Obamas

But social media users took to Twitter.com to complain and ridicule the paintings.

“lmao these are awful,” tweeted one user.

Another user said it looked like the artists used a Paint-by-Number kit to create the portraits.

“Ugly disgusting pictures not presidential paint by the numbers.”

What do you think about the paintings?


  • Faux Gibbler

    People pick their battles that’s for sure..

  • Blue

    That looks absolutely nothing like a homer gif. Next.

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    leave my president alone .. thank you.

  • Waya Hedia

    lofl!

  • Yardgirl

    they kept their observations to themselves and smiled graciously as the invited guests applauded politely.
    **********************************

    As they should and always would do!! That painting looks nothing like that gif *kanye shrug*

  • hottlanta

    I just listened to this song the other day. Such sweet memories.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkPSbp3zTfo

  • iWasteTime

    Yassssss!!!
    I listen to this like it’s a real song

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    From a distance it doesn’t look very “artful”, but up close It’s probably stunning.
    I’m sure the artists gave them a preview before the final rendering.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    they kept their observations to themselves and smiled graciously as the invited guests applauded politely.
    ___________________________
    They have and always will be presidential. Now that clown that’s in the office now would have been on twitter being the clown he is.

    As for the paintings, it’s to be expected. YT has and always will be petty.

  • 5000BlinK

    Im HOLLLLLLIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Sorry, but I think it’s kinda lame.

    This ain’t Presidential-level stuff, IMO. This is like something you’d see painted in 9th grade art class.

  • Trace da Ace

    ok, first off his portrait was not as bad as Michelle’s….yea , true it is waaayyy to much foliage…but it looks like him….Michelle’s on the other hand….NOOOOOOO!!! She needs to have this re-done ASAP.

  • mona q

    Nothing to see here! ——————–> NEXT

  • Gloria

    His piece looks good, looks just like him but Michelle’s piece needs to be redone ASAP. Looks nothing like her.

  • Monique B

    What a joke!!

  • blue skies

    looks nothing lk michelle

  • hottlanta

    They played this song in the club at a party and everyone was lit. That shyt was tooooo funny.

  • iWasteTime

    Yo! I want to party where you party!!

  • iWasteTime

    I miss them so much!

  • 5000BlinK

    GIGGLING

  • Ryan

    I like Michelle’s. And that Homer gif is a struggle reach lol

  • 5000BlinK

    The Artist they chose were Black…. sooooooo the fact that Black Artist painted the first Black POTUS and FLOTUS was a double win in my eyes. Keep hating……people really mad because they are not being negative and extremely messy towards #45!
    I watched this live and Barack said the Artist is know for putting the person in extreme settings like a Napolean painting..but he told him NO. His name is already being ripped in the Political World right now…. so making him look like Napolean would not be good. Barack requested something more greenary…. I like them.. although Michelle doesnt really look like her..
    The research you should do is the on the Artist who painted the pictures…duuuhhhhhh

  • hottlanta

    I get invited out a lot. Been busy since the New Year. All I require is good food/good people and good MUSIC.

  • MsPam

    I don’t care for neither one but that’s JMO, but the flowers represent his Hawaiian and Kenya background.

  • Beautiful paintings

    President Obama’s is stunning. So is the FLOTUS, but that’s not her. That’s her niece or somebody. I think it’s Sasha in twenty years. Why would they have boring, old-fashioned and stuffy oil paintings? I just wish Mrs. Obama’s painting actually looked like her??????????

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I absolutely hate both paintings. Bye

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    LOL!

  • 5000BlinK

    Giggling…. The girl who did Michelle is known for painting in Grey….Looks nothing like Michelle tho

  • 5000BlinK

    Yeah, they said the ones that will hang in the White House are more serious. I guess that mean …. real

  • 5000BlinK

    Time… Hotlanta WILD….. I dont know if you need to be partying with her… chuckles

  • Kemi

    This is horrible! Michelle looks blue.., lol what crazy hell is this!

  • 5000BlinK

    had to come back to this tho

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I’m trying to understand the significance of the bushes. ?

  • Cannelle

    Apparently, Barack got lost in The Secret Garden. What the hell is this.

  • A D N

    The paintings could have been better. Does not look like Michelle. The garden background for the president is strange.

  • A D N

    Wow, I just said the same thing.

  • A D N

    Looks nothing like her at all!

  • A D N

    OHHH, ok. I was wondering why he’s in a garden of flowers.

  • hottlanta

    She gotta hang. I dance 2/3 hour nonstop if the music is right. I don’t play with mine’s. I don’t waste my time/energy just to go out and take selfies. No ma am.

  • TMW

    Looks like she tried to highlight her arms, and she didn’t even get those right. What is this???

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Both of the paintings look so amateur and they dont represent The Obama’s correctly…This look like something Pookie (in cell block 3) paints on the rec room wall at the prison…

  • Ozad

    Kehinde Wiley who painted Barack’s portrait is famous for his use of flowers and other floral like setting in his works. Most of the art( inside Lucious house) on the show Empire is done by Kehinde Wiley. But I do agree this is not his best work and the Michelle portrait done by Amy Sherald, a Baltimore-based artist is disgraceful and should be thrown in the trash.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    None. It looks gay and as if he were hiding in the bushes going to the bathroom. I hate it.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    They’re more artistic in prison though lol.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Damn!! I laughed too hard on that part “Barack got lost in The Secret Garden”.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Someone else in here said it looks like he got lost in the secret garden…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/84229b0f0351ea98f107af160c3fefdfc03685ef2c3dd1015d67227fa6b172bd.gif

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Nailed it. That’s exactly what it looks like. Something you’d see at the state prison’s annual art contest

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yes. Michelle’s portrait looks as if it was done by a 5th grader.
    It looks nothing like her.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah he could have given the Prez a horizon line, but it does looks as if he’s being eaten by a bunch of flowers.
    Lordt, when you give black folks a chance and they fugg it up.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Seriously?

    The portrait looks nothing like Michelle and it’s amateurish.

  • 5000BlinK

    THATS WHATS UP!!! AINT NOBODY HOLDING UP NO WALLS BABY

  • Coco_Butter

    Plus it doesn’t even look like her

  • Cannelle

    I hated the secret garden, lol. I was forced to read the book and watch the movies as a kid, so when I saw this painting I was like Nah.

  • Waya Hedia

    Hawaii?

  • Waya Hedia

    “greenary”? Napolean?
    So.. you’re saying that because the artists were black everyone should accept these very bad portraits?

  • SumthinSweeter

    worst ever… they shoulda just went to Olan Mills.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I was shocked also. These portraits are horrible. It’s a wonder the Obama’s were able to keep a straight face…

  • Ryan

    Well I was walking and looking at this on my phone earlier – now I’m not as much of a fan

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    I can deal with Pres. Obama’s painting, but the artist who did the former First Lady’s pic did her wrong… real wrong.

  • BRuhman_Vista

    Was the intent to show him sitting in front of cannabis? Not sure whether to laugh or cry. ??

  • Kemi

    Not at all… what were they thinking revealing this sh@t!!! Smh.

  • interestingconcept1

    That’s because they no nothing about Art. Keep it moving. This painting is beautiful in its simplicity. There is symbolism all around him.

  • OvertheMississippi

    I honestly think it is quite “odd”.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I didn’t even think of cannabis!!! LOLLOLLOL!!!

  • Dane

    I don’t mind the blue background & I think the dress is pretty but the face looks NOTHING like Mrs. Obama.

  • dontgetblocked

    Well. They chose the artist. Barry looks like he’s surrounded by flowers. Hmmm. Michelle looks like she’s going to the Oscars in a bad dress. Bad in a bad way…in a weave…a bad weave.

  • dontgetblocked

    Know not no.

  • dontgetblocked

    flowers?

  • dontgetblocked

    Somebody had to say it.

  • facingrealit1
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  • facingrealit1

    Michelle’s portrait captures how ugly she has been since leaving the White House.

  • facingrealit1

    I peed!

  • interestingconcept1

    I did an edit twice to “no” and it didn’t show up but thanks anyway

  • interestingconcept1

    I did an edit earlier but its not showing up. Thanks

  • facingrealit1

    In the very near future the Smithsonian will experience a break-in and the only thing missing will be the Obama’s portraits.

  • facingrealit1

    The flowers: chrysanthemums referencing the official flower of Chicago, jasmine evoking his native Hawaii and African blue lilies in memory of his late father.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I bet you have an ugly soul and face.

    Seek help, troll!!

  • facingrealit1

    Michelle Obama went on the Ellen show and made a big deal out of Melania bringing her a gift and how she didn’t know what to do with it. All the while KNOWING she did the exact same thing when arriving 8 years earlier with Laura Bush who was gracious enough to hide the gift behind herself for the photo op. Of all people, Michelle should know how it feels to be a FLOTUS and the unnecessary pressure placed on a spouse. That was just ugly, and God don’t like Ugly – thus the ugly portrait of her that will forever represent her ugly soul. By the way, you’re an idiot who is always trolling me – for you know that KNOWLEDGE IS POWER – and you’ve been schooled!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Guilty. I definitely posted on Twitter that exact GIF from the Simpsons. That’s a horrible pic to go up in a monument for any president. There’s nothing regal or reverent about that photo.

  • Majin Jew

    Or Alex Ross.

  • Dahl

    ???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    How was mentioning that she didn’t know what to do with Melania’s gift ugly?

    It was obvious that Michelle was extremely tired and distracted on Inauguration day , but whatever since you can read minds.

    Ha,ha,ha!!!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Love them paintings not so much…

  • V Dubb

    Both are hideous

  • truman45

    Obama is a Traitor and his portrait is a joke. Soon you will learn the truth.

  • TOO REAL

    I see ignorance is still hiding behind keyboards.

  • TOO REAL

    We have learned the truth you ARE AN IDIOT ASSHOLE

  • TOO REAL

    I saw the same picture with your father behind bars.

  • 5000BlinK

    Giggling….. of course :)

  • facingrealit1

    Fake News: my father is actually in the ground.

  • facingrealit1

    As I stated before: YOU’RE AN IDIOT!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You can’t explain your blatant name calling of the former FLOTUS so you call me a name?
    Troll forth.

  • Ozad

    Sandra..is that you?

  • Dane

    Wow. Now that is much better!

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Fugly!

  • facingrealit1

    No its actually the person you tried to insult! Peace be with you!

  • facingrealit1

    Matthew 10:14

  • facingrealit1

    You don’t forget what you did on such a historical day as becoming the first Black FLOTUS! Michelle was throwing shade!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Only in your twisted mind.
    It was obvious by the video that Michelle didn’t know what to do with the box so POTUS took it from her.
    Michelle was out of it that day because she probably stayed up all night moving stuff out of the White House.
    You need to read some of those Bible verses into your own life.

  • facingrealit1

    I’m sorry I didn’t see you in any of the pictures but from your conversation of what she was doing – you must have been there. IDIOT!

  • coach_steve

    THIS IS AWESOME, AND SO TRUE