91 Responses to “Portraits”

  1. 1 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you Nerdy! I’m loving seeing the team back together! Smiles, laughter and tears all day! ❤️💙❤️

  2. 4 Judith Fardig
    September 7, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Congrats, Dudette, and thank for this post, Nerdy! Made me so nostalgic for the good old days and for once, grateful that Biden got to do this instead of Mango Mussolini whose raging jealousy of President Obama made him refuse to do this ceremony. I hope no one ever hangs a portrait of that traitor in the White House.

  3. September 7, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Oh my. It’s almost like old times. Thank you for a wonderful moment.

  4. 8 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 7:44 pm


  5. 9 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Forever FLOTUS ❤️

    • 10 Dudette
      September 7, 2022 at 8:26 pm

      My thoughts exactly!

  6. 11 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    One for the history books!

  7. 12 amk for obama
    September 7, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    ears smaller. Lol. Tough painter.

  8. 13 amk for obama
    September 7, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    tiafoe – who the hell is this guy? never heard of him till now.

  9. 17 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    More on the portraits from the White House Historical Association

  10. 19 amk for obama
    September 7, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    so true. may be it’s the innernets, but there has never been a candidate that the entire world knew about and was fascinated with.

  11. 23 amk for obama
    September 7, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    lol. da kenyan still has the hots for flotus.

  12. 26 amk for obama
    September 7, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    How did we go from this to ….. that? uugghh

  13. 27 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    There they are, right where they belong! 😭❤️

    • 28 Dudette
      September 7, 2022 at 9:18 pm


      • 29 jacquelineoboomer
        September 8, 2022 at 1:07 pm

        Actually thought the same about the couch, when I first saw that!

        This is why I could never visit the White House for fear of seeing those portraits up close and personal. Why? Once years ago, I was in a government building and in the lobby, there in all its glory was the official photo of President Obama, hung on the wall, as is the custom. I just stood there, staring at it, big smile on my face. I swear if I had a votive candle, I would have lit it and placed it on the table under the photo. Had to drag myself away before somebody asked me to leave! Ha.

  14. 33 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    New GIF – perfection! 😍

  15. 34 tnmtngirl1
    September 7, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    The entire thing was awesome. Seeing them back together. Could almost feel the love, respect and strong connection through the tv screen. Just loved it. 💙❤️

  16. September 7, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Such a wonderful day at the White House. Congratulations to forever Michelle and PBO
    on portraits #3 and #4 !! Those of us who followed those 8 years basically moment by moment may be very affected…am still blown away. Eh true love does not fade.
    –with thx and congrats to the artists and all at the WH.

    • September 7, 2022 at 9:17 pm

      Something i came across back in 2016:


      Here comes the hostess
      isn’t she beautiful tonight
      the scent of jasmine

  17. 37 amk for obama
    September 7, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Go swiatek. oh the ‘struggles of a billionaire’s daughter’. the horror. fuck bbc.

  18. 38 amk for obama
    September 7, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    lol. hey, when you’re hawt, you’re hot.

  19. 40 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 9:26 pm


    • 41 Dudette
      September 7, 2022 at 9:31 pm

      All of this!

  20. 42 marleysperson
    September 7, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    What a great day! The return to the WH to be honored with beautiful portraits and having them unveiled by President Biden and First Lady Dr. Biden. So worth the wait.

  21. 44 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Look at these happy, hopeful, brilliant servant leaders

  22. 46 ggail44
    September 7, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    What a wonderful unveiling event. Brings back fond memories

  23. September 7, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Loved seeing the love and respect from all involved. I was a little out off by the starkness of the Presidents portrait but now after viewing video understand the minimalist aspect. I also love seeing Momma Robinson and Pete Souza was there as he always was, out of retirement for this moment.

  24. 48 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Our Forever FLOTUS lifting us up and hugging us tight!

  25. 49 amk for obama
    September 7, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Police had been facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and breaking and entering.


    bbc’s standards going down the toilet. Typos, misspellings, non-factual ‘reporting’


  26. 50 amk for obama
    September 7, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    dang, war criminal pootin’s thug identified by brave intrepid and smart women who were tortured by this coward.


  27. 51 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    And this! 👏🏾

  28. September 7, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Former First Lady Michelle Obama:

    Oh, believe it or not, it is still a bit odd for me to stand in this historic space, see this big, beautiful painting staring back at me. Growing up on Euclid Avenue, Mommy, I never could have imagined that any of this would be part of my story.

    But even if it’s all still a bit awkward for me, I do recognize why moments like these are important, why all of this is absolutely necessary. Traditions like this matter not just for those of us who hold these positions, but for everyone participating in and watching our democracy.

    You see, the people — they make their voices heard with their vote. We hold an inauguration to ensure a peaceful transition of power. Those of us lucky enough to serve work, as Barack said, as hard as we can for as long as we can, as long as the people choose to keep us here. And once our time is up, we move on.

    And all that remains in this hallowed place are our good efforts and these portraits — portraits that connect our history to the present day, portraits that hang here as history continues to be made.

    So, for me, this day is not just about what has happened. It’s also about what could happen.

    Because a girl like me, she was never supposed to be up there next to Jacqueline Kenne- — Kennedy and Dolley Madison. She was never supposed to live in this house, and she definitely wasn’t supposed to serve as First Lady.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you, Michelle! (Applause.)

    FIRST LADY OBAMA: Love you back.

    • September 7, 2022 at 11:12 pm

      First Lady Obama:

      But I’ve always wondered: Where does that “supposed to” come from? Who determines it?

      And too often in this country, people feel like they have to look a certain way or act a certain way to fit in, that they have to make a lot of money or come from a certain group or class or faith in order to matter.

      But what we’re looking at today — a portrait of a biracial kid with an unusual name — (laughter) — and the daughter of a water pump operator and a stay-at-home mom — what we are seeing is a reminder that there’s a place for everyone in this country.

      Because as Barack said, if the two of us can end up on the walls of the most famous address in the world, then, again, it is so important for every young kid who is doubting themselves to believe that they can, too.

      That is what this country is about. It’s not about blood or pedigree or wealth. It’s a place where everyone should have a fair shot, whether you’re a kid taking two buses and a train just to get to school; or a single mother who is working two jobs to put some food on the table; or an immigrant just arriving, getting your first apartment, forging a future for yourself in a place you dreamed of.

      That’s why, for me, this day isn’t about me or Barack. It’s not even about these beautiful paintings. It’s about telling that fuller story — a story that includes every single American in every single corner of this country so that our kids and grandkids can see something more for themselves.

      And as much as some folks might want us to believe that that story has lost some of its shine, that division and discrimination and everything else might have dimmed its light, I still know deep in my heart that what we share — as my husband continues to say — is so much bigger than what we don’t. Our democracy is so much stronger than our differences.

      And this little girl from the South Side is blessed beyond measure to have felt the truth of that fuller story throughout her entire life, never more so than today.

      So, thank you to President Biden, to Sharon, and to all of you today for playing a part in this day and all the days that led to it.


  29. 54 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Okay, I’m just gonna go find some more tissue. 🥹

  30. 55 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    A new WH Flicker photo set

  31. 56 Dudette
    September 7, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Forever POTUS reflects on the portrait unveiling.

  32. 57 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 12:08 am

    Representation Matters

    • 58 Dudette
      September 8, 2022 at 12:10 am

      The feels for real.

      • 59 whenpamelawandered
        September 8, 2022 at 12:39 am

        I noted Michelle’s braids immediately, in awe

        I sigh, as my heart swells with deep satisfaction

        For these two people,
        who so brilliantly taught us all the lesson of compassion

        May they always be as blessed, and more, as their honour bestows


  33. 60 amk for obama
    September 8, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Yup. Thug’s Petty assholery worked out in this case.

  34. September 8, 2022 at 5:50 am

    President Obama:

    But what you realize when you’re sitting behind that desk, and what I want people to remember about Michelle and me, is that Presidents and First Ladies are human beings like everyone else. We have our gifts. We have our flaws. You’ve all experienced mine. We have good days and bad days. We feel the same joy and sadness, frustration and hope.

    And while it takes a certain amount of self-confidence to be President, there are nights where we lie awake wondering if this or that decision was the right one.

    I’ve always described the presidency as a relay race. You take the baton from someone, you run your leg as hard and as well as you can, and then you hand it off to someone else, knowing that your work will be incomplete. The portraits hanging in the White House chronicle the runners in that race — each of us tasked with trying to bring the country we love closer to its highest aspirations.

    And when future generations walk these halls and look up at these portraits, I hope they get a better, honest sense of who Michelle and I were. And I hope they leave with a deeper understanding that if we could make it here, maybe they can too; they can do remarkable things too.

    Now, it is my pleasure to introduce someone who needs no introduction. (Laughter.) Michelle was the best thing about living in the White House. And let me tell you, the pastry chefs here deliver delicious pies on request — (laughter) — so that is saying something. (Laughter.)

    I could not ask for a better life partner, and in my humble opinion, America could not have asked for a better First Lady.

    Please give it up for Michelle Obama. (Applause.)


  35. September 8, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Heard that at one of his lately rallies, mister classified documents was whining about
    how popular and handsome PBO is.

  36. 65 amk for obama
    September 8, 2022 at 7:45 am

    The US has approved nearly $2.7bn (£2.3bn) in new aid for Ukraine and allies, including $675m in weapons for Ukraine as it battles Russia.

    Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the arms package at a meeting with dozens of fellow ministers at the US air base in Ramstein, Germany.

    The aid includes howitzers, munitions, Humvee vehicles, armoured ambulances and anti-tank systems.

    The US has already pledged at least $13bn in military aid for Ukraine.

    The Biden administration said on Thursday it had earmarked $2bn in long-term assistance in the form of investments to bolster the security of Ukraine and 18 of its neighbours, including both Nato members and non-members at risk of future Russian aggression.

    It said it would notify Congress of the aid plan.


    Fucking europe too needs to step the fucking up.

  37. 66 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 8:23 am


  38. 67 amk for obama
    September 8, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Why is chucky yammering about marriage equality when dems’ no. 1 priority should be codifying roe which affects half the population?

  39. 68 amk for obama
    September 8, 2022 at 9:16 am

    How the treasonous traitorous thug and his porcine minion barr tried to misuse doj to target Kerry and others.

  40. 69 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Another legend has left us. 😔 Rest in peace, Bernard Shaw

  41. 71 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 10:51 am


  42. 72 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 11:05 am

    More portrait unveiling photos from Jim Messina

  43. 73 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Happy Star Trek Day! 🖖🏾❤️

  44. 75 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    And for performance by a cute critter…

  45. 76 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Home of the Brave! 🎂

  46. 77 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Queen Elizabeth II has died.

  47. 79 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    I thought this video very interesting. It describes what happens in the UK now that The Queen has died.

  48. 80 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    NASA on Queen Elizabeth’s passing

  49. 81 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Ah! Missed this one from Pete earlier!

  50. 82 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    The Obamas statement

  51. 83 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    The Vice President’s Statement

  52. 84 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    The President and Dr. Biden’s statement

  53. 85 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    Statement from The King

  54. 86 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Statement from The Clintons

  55. 87 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    Statement from President and Mrs. Carter

  56. 88 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Oathkeepers in elected office and law enforcement. Raise your hand if you’re shocked.

  57. 90 Dudette
    September 8, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Appeal that special master nonsense!

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