The official portraits of former US president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle have been revealed and they are magnificent.
A far, far cry from the dusty portraits of the white men who have come before, the Obama paintings are colourful and filled with flair.
The former president joked about his ears and grey hair and praised Michelle’s “hotness” during the unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery today.
Watch the unveiling of the portraits in the video below.
The Obamas tapped artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald for the paintings, which will be added to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of presidential portraits.
For his portrait by Wiley, Obama is depicted sitting in a brown chair with a backdrop of bright green leaves and colourful flowers. Michelle’s painting shows her sitting with one hand under her chin and the other draped across her lap, while wearing a long flowing dress decorated with geometric shapes.
"I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love," Obama said at the event on Monday.
He quipped that Wiley, who painted his portrait, was at a disadvantage because his subject was "less becoming".
"I tried to negotiate less grey hair and Kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow him to do what I asked," Obama said. "I tried to negotiate smaller ears - struck out on that as well."