Obamas apparently went out of their way to choose black painters
- who have ties to the social justice movement,
- proving that the 44th president couldn’t even set aside racial politics when it came to art.
- Barakko chose Kehinde Wiley, a Yale University-trained painter
--- famous for his depiction of African-Americans posed in the style of Old Masters
- Obama-mama chose Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald,
--- an African-American artist known for themes of social justice