Obama thanks artist for capturing Michelle's 'hotness' in portrait
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Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination Presidential approval: It's the economy; except when it's not Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation MORE thanked an artist who did former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama’s book tour to include stadium events Michelle Obama teams up with BET to urge women of color to vote Healthy food has gone high end, but is the lifestyle trend worth the cost? MORE's portrait for capturing her "hotness."

"Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and the intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love," he said.

Obama made the comments at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, where the couple's portraits were unveiled.

Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald was chosen to paint Michelle Obama's portrait.

The former president's portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley.


After her portrait was unveiled, Michelle Obama said she "was a little overwhelmed, to say the least."

The former president also commented on his own portrait, calling it "pretty sharp."

The paintings will join the “America’s Presidents” exhibition at the Washington gallery as part of its permanent installation, which will be on view for the public beginning on Tuesday.