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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
The Weak in Portraits: Obama Edition
The following article appeared in
Powerline on February 13th
The unveiling of the portraits of the
Obamas for the National Portrait Gallery puts me in mind of Winston Churchill’s
reaction to the ghastly Graham Sutherland portrait (left) presented to him for
his 80th birthday, which Churchill (a talented painter in his own right, keep
in mind—see his great short essay “Painting as a Pastime”) called “a remarkable
example of modern art,” to much laughter in the audience. That was, of course,
his way of saying he didn’t like it. Clementine Churchill later had the
painting destroyed in a backyard bonfire, which the artist, Sutherland,
complained bitterly was “an act of vandalism.”
The real vandalism was letting
Sutherland paint Churchill in the first place. And ponder the vandalism that is
the official portraits the Obamas apparently chose for themselves and approve.
You may think the Obamas simply have no taste, but the departure from the
traditional mode of presidential portraits is yet another subtle signal of
their contempt for American traditions. They won’t have the good sense to throw
these ghastly portraits on a bonfire. (And remember: Trump is vulgar.)
Someone we admire and Barack Obama
To the contrary, these portraits fuel
the bonfire of their vanities, especially their vanity of being different and better
than the ordinary run of Americans and the presidents they followed. Just take
a look, and spot the one that doesn’t belong:
This seems to be an impulse for
liberals. I know I have shown it before, but take in Gov. Jerry Brown’s
official portrait that hangs in the California capitol building from his first
turn as governor in the 1980s:
I often wondered, back when I lived
in Sacramento and I liked to spring this portrait on visitors without warning
(usually provoking gasps), what would happen if I attached a piece of bubble
gum on the tip of Brown’s nose. How many months would go by before someone
wondered whether it belonged there?
The good news is that the Obama
portraits are already coming in for heavy mockery from all sides, and hence
providing Power Line with a surfeit of material for a modified, special Tuesday
edition of “the Weak in Pictures.” We begin with the real articles, and then
descend from there.
The most apropos Obama portrait
Though as Glenn Reynolds likes to
point out, these should have been their portraits: