Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled earlier to highly mixed reviews, but count the Washington Post among those who offered raves:

NOT unexpectedly:

Highly unlikely.

Is sure is!

It sounds a little like the WaPo critic is saying the portraits are so bad they’re GOOD. The review closes this way:

The Obamas’ potential to change the tone and political culture of this country was blunted by the persistence of that racism before and during their time at the country’s political apex. Now that they have left office, now that their fundamental decency is in high relief by contrast with the new political order, memory is refreshed. They look a bit older than the two people who carried so much collective fantasy of a different America with them to Washington nine years ago. That fantasy was premature and unrealistic, and it is only now clear how powerfully it animated the meanest impulses of those who reject it. But these portraits will remind future generations how much wish fulfillment was embodied in the Obamas, and how gracefully they bore that burden.

The Obamas have still got it.

And we probably ain’t seen nothin’ yet!



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