The Obamas unveiled their presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington Monday to considerable fanfare.
Both President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama chose black artists to capture their essence. The former president was painted majestically sitting against a floral backdrop by painter Kehinde Wiley. The portrait evokes color, vibrancy and hope.
But maybe Obama’s portrait should have been more life-like, according to Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night.
Here’s the portrait he suggested Obama should have unveiled:
Kimmel’s parody portrait is a reworking of a photograph of Obama kitesurfing while on vacation, smiling and sporting sunglasses. A slogan on his life-vest reads: “You’re on your own, bitches.”
It has none of the hope that Wiley’s portrait elicits, but, well, Kimmel isn’t wrong.
The comedian also poked fun at current president, Donald Trump, by imagining how he might ask to be portrayed in his official portrait when he leaves the White House:
Trump probably sees himself as an adonis when he looks in the mirror, so, again, Kimmel isn’t wrong.
"Poor Mike Pence had to check himself right into conversion therapy," Kimmel cracked.
As for the real presidential portrait, Obama joked that he asked Wiley to downplay certain features in his artistic interpretation of the 44th president.
"I tried to negotiate less gray hair, and Kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow him to do what I asked," Obama said at the unveiling ceremony Monday. "I tried to negotiate smaller ears, struck out on that as well."
Former first lady Michelle Obama was painted by Amy Sherald, an artist from Baltimore, for her portrait. The grey-hued artwork depicts her looking elegant in a stylish, sleeveless dress that drapes dramatically on the floor around her.
"Hi, Mom. Whatcha' think? Pretty nice, isn't it?" said Michelle unveiling her portrait.
"Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love," said President Obama, thanking the artist.