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Portraits of Obamas Will Be a 1st for National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian hires black artists to paint presidential portraits for 1st time

(Newser) - For the first time ever, the Smithsonian has hired black artists to paint the president and first lady for its National Portrait Gallery, the Wall Street Journal reports. Kehinde Wiley will paint Barack Obama, who requested him specifically. Wiley is known for juxtaposing his subjects—often young black men in... More »

Here's How Michelle and Barack Celebrated 25 Years

'An example to our daughters and to the entire country'

(Newser) - “A quarter of a century later, you’re still my best friend & the most extraordinary man I know," Michelle Obama posted on Instagram along with a photo of her and Barack at their Oct. 3, 1992 wedding. People reports the Obamas celebrated their silver wedding anniversary and... More »

Michelle: Barack Had Same Tux, Shoes His Entire Presidency

'And he was proud of it, too'

(Newser) - The same tuxedo and shoes served former President Obama for as long as he was in the White House and nobody noticed, Michelle Obama says. Speaking at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, the former first lady contrasted the close attention paid to her outfits to the apathy that greeted her... More »

The Obamas Are No Longer Renters

They bought the DC home of NFL exec Joe Lockhart for $8.1M

(Newser) - It's not the White House, but Barack and Michelle Obama clearly aren't too disappointed with their new Washington, DC, home : After renting it for several months, they've opted to buy it, reports People . The Obamas purchased the 8,200-square-foot home in the Kalorama neighborhood this week for... More »

Michelle Obama Slams Trump School Lunch Policy

'Why don't you want our kids to have good food at school?'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama slammed Trump administration efforts to delay or roll back her healthy-eating initiatives Friday, saying parents should "think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap." The former first lady, speaking at a health conference in Washington, DC, said healthy school lunches should not be... More »

Michelle Obama Won't Put Kids Through Another Election

Says she doesn't plan to run for higher office

(Newser) - If you were hoping that the US might someday have a President Michelle Obama, we have bad news for you. The former first lady says she won't run for political office, CNN reports. During her first speech since the Obamas left the White House, Michelle on Thursday told a... More »

Michelle Obama Mural Ignites Fight—Between Artists

Gelila Mesfin says mural artist Chris Devins stole her depiction of former first lady

(Newser) - A mural of Michelle Obama painted in Chicago, not far from where she grew up, has generated interest both for the painting and for artist Chris Devins, who told DNAinfo on Friday he "wanted to present her as what I think she is," which is draped in colorful... More »

Both Obamas Get Book Deals

Barack, Michelle will each publish a book

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama have book deals. The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed for the books, which several publishers had competed for, although the deals are likely in the tens of millions of dollars, the... More »

Here's Where the Obamas Are Heading Post-Inauguration

Sunny Palm Springs

(Newser) - The Obamas are heading to Palm Springs after Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, sources tell TMZ . They'll take a helicopter (not Marine One since President Obama won't be President Obama anymore by that point) from the Capitol to Andrews Air Force Base, and from there, Special Air Mission... More »

Fallon Devotes Entire Show to Michelle Obama

A 'strong, smart' woman and 'a great dancer'

(Newser) - Jimmy Fallon devoted an entire episode of The Tonight Show on Wednesday to bidding farewell to First Lady Michelle Obama, whom he called "a strong, smart, independent woman, an activist, a style icon, and a great dancer." Obama was Fallon's sole guest, though Dave Chappelle and Jerry... More »

This Is the Most Popular Presidential Tweet Ever

'My last ask is the same as my first...'

(Newser) - On one of the last days of his presidency, President Obama sent out the most popular tweet ever tweeted from the @POTUS account, the AP reports. "Thank you for everything," Obama tweeted following Tuesday's farewell address. "My last ask is the same as my first. I'... More »

5 Best Lines From Michelle's Last Speech as First Lady

'I hope I've made you proud'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama delivered her final speech as first lady on Friday while presenting the 2017 School Counselor of the Year award, PRI reports. According to CNN , the award is given to high-school counselors who've shown leadership skills. NBC News says Obama had "tears in her eyes" while giving... More »

Teacher Resigns Over Racist Posts About Obamas

He allegedly called them 'spider monkey,' 'first chimp'

(Newser) - An Arkansas high school teacher has resigned as parents and students were planning to boycott school events in response to his references to Barack and Michelle Obama as "spider monkey" and "first chimp." The online posts attributed to Trent Bennett of Malvern High School have since been... More »

School Board Gives Trump Supporter 24 Hours to Quit

Buffalo's Carl Paladino said first lady should go live with a gorilla

(Newser) - Buffalo's school board voted 6-2 Thursday to try to get rid of a controversial ninth member—Carl Paladino, co-chair of Donald Trump's New York campaign. The board gave Paladino 24 hours to resign over what it called "unambiguously racist" and "morally repugnant" remarks about the Obamas... More »

And the Year's Most Admired Man Is...

President Obama beats out Donald Trump

(Newser) - The most admired men of 2016: the president and the president-elect. Gallup left the survey question open-ended, and 22% of respondents said they most admired President Obama, followed by 15% who named Donald Trump. Obama has topped the poll nine years running, but Gallup notes this year is his narrowest... More »

Official Who Called First Lady an 'Ape' Fired Permanently

State says WVa nonprofit director will be replaced

(Newser) - The West Virginia nonprofit director who was suspended and then reinstated after calling Michelle Obama an "ape in heels" is out of the position for good. The office of Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says Pamela Taylor, Clay County Development Corporation's executive director, has been removed from her... More »

Official Who Called First Lady an 'Ape' Gets Her Job Back

Pamela Taylor said comment led to a 'hate crime against me'

(Newser) - The head of a West Virginia nonprofit that receives both state and federal funding will get her job back a little over a month after calling Michelle Obama an "ape in heels." Following Donald Trump's election win, Pamela Taylor—then executive director of the Clay County Development... More »

Doctor Out of Job After Posts About First Lady

Anesthesiologist Michelle Herren says she didn't realize 'monkey face' was offensive

(Newser) - A pediatric anesthesiologist at the University of Colorado's medical school is losing her job there after racist Facebook comments directed toward Michelle Obama were flagged, the Denver Post and Denver 7 report. Dr. Michelle Herren reportedly posted a photo that showed the first lady screaming with the comment, "... More »

Michelle 2020? Her Hubby Says 'Never'

PACs hope she can still be convinced

(Newser) - President Obama has taken the wind from the sails of those hoping Michelle Obama will be America's 46th president. In a just released interview conducted a day after the election, Obama tells Rolling Stone that "Michelle will never run for office." "She is as talented a... More »

Obama 'Saved Best for Last' at Final State Dinner

He welcomes Italian PM, 400 guests

(Newser) - "Bittersweet" was the word of the night at President Obama's 13th and final state dinner. "We saved the best for last," he said Tuesday as he welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, to the White House. He wasn't joking. The... More »

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