The Obamas are about to publish portraits at the White House

Former President Obama and his wife will attend the official portrait unveiling ceremony at the White House after years of delay under Trump.

US President Joe Biden, who served as vice president under Barack Obama, along with first lady Jill Biden, will preside over the unveiling of a portrait of the former president and his wife on September 7.

Former US President Obama and his wife attend a party in the East Room, the White House, on December 14, 2016.  Photo: AFP

Former US President Obama and his wife attend a party in the East Room, the White House, on December 14, 2016. Image: AFP

Traditionally, incumbent presidents pay their respects to their predecessors by presenting their portraits at the White House. However, former US President Donald Trump, who led the US for one term after Mr. Obama’s eight years in office, has refused to follow this tradition in 2020.

The last time Mr. Obama, the 44th president of the United States, returned to the White House was in April, when he was here to speak at an event on health spending.

Mr. Trump during his time in office has broken tradition many times, such as moving portraits of presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush from the Grand Foyer, the most prominent room in the White House. It was not until Mr. Biden took office early last year that the paintings were moved back into the room.

Hong Hanh (Theo AFP)

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