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Let us remember how very bad presidential portraits were until the Obamas

Let us remember how very bad presidential portraits were until the Obamas

The Obamas presidential portraits just came out, and they are amazing. SEE ALSO: The internet is enthralled by the Obamas’ official portraits I want a print of each one for my home. Everyone wants a print of each one for their home. Barack Obama’s portrait should be every album cover from now on. The Obamas portraits are made even better by the fact that until them, presidential portraits were either the most boring or the strangest creations of all time, and nothing in between. If I weren’t from America and looked at these presidential portraits without knowing anything else, I would think it was a list of potential actors to be cast as the lead of
Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. So let us take a trip down memory lane at how presidential portraits past were simply nothing until the Obamas came along.
George W. Bush Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionAh yes, George W. Bush. There he is. There he is looking like a tall Bilbo Baggins after he finished “There and Back Again: A Hobbit’s Tale.” The only thing helping this photo is the fact that there is at least a vase of flowers in the background. Otherwise, very boring portrait that looks like it was taking from my living room, as if I’m on the other side of that couch watching HGTV. And it’s George W. Bush, renowned artist. They couldn’t have let him paint his own portrait?
John F. Kennedy Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionTo this I must say, what the hell. I mean, the guy was shot two years into his presidency and you memorialize him with this? This is an insult! It’s as if he died and no one could remember what he looked like so they had a fourth grader who met …read more

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