White House portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama won’t be revealed until Donald Trump leave office
Barack and Michelle Obama’s presidential and first lady portraits won’t be exposed and hung within the White House until Donald Trump is out of office.
It was revealed on Tuesday morning, May 19, that the tradition of previous presidents returning to the White House to satisfy with their successor to unveil their portraits, are going to be skipped. The long-held tradition seems to span back to the 1970s. It sees current presidents attending the revealing ceremony of the portraits of their predecessors and their wives during their first term.However, as Trump’s first term involves an end, people conversant in the matter told NBC that the revealing of the Obamas’ portraits won’t happen during Trump’s presidency thanks to the bitter feud between Trump and Obama.
If Trump wins a second term in November, Obama may need to wait until 2025 to possess his portrait revealed and displayed within the White House among every U.S. president before him. According to inside reports, Obama has no interest in participating within the post-presidency tradition as long as Trump is in office and Trump has no qualms with snubbing a presidential custom.This are going to be the primary time in years that this tradition will be skipped. The tradition held even for past American presidents who have issued harsh criticism of every other or ousted the opposite from office in sour races. And after George H. W. Bush lost reelection, Clinton still hosted Bush within the East Room, saying “Welcome home.”
When Obama hosted former President George W. Bush for his portrait unveiling in 2012, he said: “We may have our differences politically, but the presidency transcends those differences.”It appears Trump and Obama won’t be ready to move past their differences for the tradition to carry this point .
The break from tradition comes as Trump and Obama have recently upped their public attacks toward each other .