Former US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, will return to the White House on Wednesday for the unveiling of their official portraits. Joe Biden, who was his vice president at the White House, will host them as Obama returns after almost five years of leaving his office.
It is customary for a former president to return to the White House for the unveiling of the portraits during their successor’s tenure. But the Obamas did not have their ceremony while President Donald Trump held power.
During Obama’s tenure, he hosted former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, for their portrait unveilings in 2012.
The Obamas and Bidens are said to have great and close relationships, which were formed during former President Obama’s presidency.
Biden’s press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre said, “The current president and first lady will be honored to host the unveiling of the portraits, which will hang on the walls of the White House forever as reminders of the power of hope and change.”
The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the White House East Room.