President Joe Biden will host former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama at the White House to unveil their official White House portraits.
“On September 7, the President and Dr. Biden will host President and Mrs. Obama for the unveiling ceremony for their official White House portraits, and that will be very exciting,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced Thursday. The artists who made the paintings will also be revealed during the ceremony. The unveiling typically occurs in the East Room of the White House.
Traditionally, the current president has always invited their predecessor to the White House to unveil their official portraits. The September ceremony will also be the first time Michelle Obama has entered the White House since leaving with her husband in 2017.
The 44th president has been hosted at the White House on one other occasion since Biden entered office, and that was in April 2022 for the 12th anniversary of his health care law. Obama’s portrait will be hung on the main floor of the White House with his other predecessors.
The White House Historical Association facilitates the creation of these portraits. Typically, the president and first lady pick their artist before leaving the White House. Presidents and first ladies have final approval of the paintings before they are revealed to the public.