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Barack & Michelle Obama Portraits Stir Sentiment, Controversy

Barack and Michelle Obama returned to the public eye on Monday, February 12.

Both the real-life versions of these stars and two pieces of artwork based on them, as the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery unveiled its two latest additions to its presidential portraits collection.

The paintings of the 44th President of the United States and his First Lady were completed by world famous artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, and each drew quite a reaction on social media.

Some users looked at these portraits and longed for the days when there was a sense of sanity and intelligence in the White House.

Others, meanwhile, looked at Michelle's in particular and wondered: WTH is that?!?

Scroll down for a look at the paintings and for some of the most prominent reactions online to them...

1. Barack Obama

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Simple. Elegant. Beautiful. There weren't many negative responses to this depiction of former President Obama.

2. Michelle Obama

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A thing of beauty or a thing of controversy? The Internet is split on this official Michelle Obama portrait.

3. How Appropriate

How appropriate
Two African-American artists for the first African-American couple in the White House. Makes sense, right?

4. We Feel Ya, Little Girl

We feel ya little girl
These portraits are gorgeous, they just take us back and give us ALL the feels.

5. We're Not Entirely Sure What This Means

Were not entirely sure what this means
But it still sounds about right to us.

6. The Future Seems Bright

The future seems bright
It only SEEMS that way upon portrait glance, that is. In reality, let's remember who is President.
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The Week in Michelle Obama Fashion

Whether she is accompanying her husband on official business to Moscow, Russia, or just walking across the White House lawn with daughters Malia and Sasha and dog Bo, Michelle Obama's fashion sense always seems so spot-on.

Here's the First Lady and her husband boarding a presidential aircraft:

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Click to enlarge more Michelle Obama photos below. Some are from her trip with Barack to Russia, where she and her daughters brought a real touch of class (and cuteness!) to the Kremlin, while others were taken before the First Family left.

Don't you just love her outfits?

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Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni: Down with Fur!

One day after French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy told PETA that she no longer wears real fur, Michelle Obama made her own animal-friendly announcement.

"Mrs. Obama does not wear fur," deputy press secretary Semonti Mustaphi said.

Obama and Bruni-Sarkozy - who have met twice in recent months - are both widely known as celebrity fashion icons as well as prominent political wives.

PETA pushed Carla Bruni-Sarkozy - who was photographed wearing what appeared to be real fur - in particular to donate her coats to the homeless.

"I do not wear, buy or own fur or animal skin other than leather or skin of animals raised for feeding purposes," she wrote to PETA, adding, "I am not a vegetarian, and I don't find it illogical to wear skins of animals whose meat is eaten."

Could a Carla Bruni nude PETA campaign be in the works? Here's hoping!

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FUR REAL: Don't expect Michelle or Carla to don mink coats anytime soon.

Unlike Carla, Michelle wasn't targeted by PETA, which says the wife of Barack Obama is "known to be fur-free," according to PETA's media coordinator, Amanda Schinke.

Still, the mother of Malia and Sasha followed suit with the former supermodel, releasing a statement that fur will never be part of the First Lady's famous wardrobe.

"For Michelle Obama, respecting animals is part of the social progress that she and her husband are working so hard to promote," PETA Senior V.P. Dan Mathews said.

"By officially rejecting fur, these two style icons will make people around the world see fur for what it is: old-fashioned and cruel."

Michelle Obama’s Outfit: Love it or Shove it?

During her recent trip to France with husband Barack and daughters Malia and Sasha, Michelle Obama got to enjoy a romantic date night in Paris along with the official and unofficial duties that come with being First Lady of the U.S. and a mom of two.

The style icon also debuted a number of new ensembles sure to get celebrity fashion followers abuzz. Here's one of many Michelle Obama photos taken during the First Family's stay in Europe. What do you think of this particular number?

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Barack & Michelle Obama: Paris Date Night!

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama enjoyed a romantic date night in Paris, France, dining in the famed city just steps from the Eiffel Tower.

Dining at the neighborhood bistro La Fontaine de Mars, the President and First Lady shared the restaurant with other diners - and a large security contingent.

"We couldn't see him, but apparently he ordered the lamb," a patron who tried to get a glimpse of the first couple from outside the bistro said.

"[Officials] literally turned the city upside down - with traffic stopped all over - so he could have a 'quiet dinner with his family,'" said another witness.

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The whole Obama family traveled across the Atlantic this time.

After dinner, Michelle and Barack Obama took a ride along the Seine River before retreating to the U.S. ambassador's residence, according to the AP.

Earlier in the day, the couple's two adorable daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, joined their parents for a sightseeing trip to Notre Dame Cathedral.

The trip marks the first international excursion for the girls since their father became president in January. They seemed to enjoy their time there.

The Obamas are in France to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Normandy in WWII that resulted in victory in Europe.

Follow the link for more Michelle Obama photos!

Barack and Michelle Obama: NYC Date Night!

President of the United States of America Barack Obama and celebrity fashion icon / First Lady Michelle Obama made their first trip to New York City since he took office in January, enjoying dinner and a Broadway play over the weekend.

A White House press spokesperson said that the President had "promised" his wife that he would take her to a Broadway show after the election was all finished.

Between the NYC trip and getting his daughters Bo the First Dog, Barack has now made good on at least two of his major campaign promises. That's leadership!

After both parents attended eldest daughter Malia's soccer match (her team won), they boarded a C-20 plane and arrived in the Big Apple Saturday afternoon.

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The pair's first stop: New York's West Village neighborhood, where they dined at Bluehill Restaurant. Fellow diner Eva Fleischer of Manhattan said she "had no idea" the Obamas would be there when she made her 5:30 p.m. reservations.

"They had to pat us down," she told reporters outside the restaurant, which is known for its "locally grown fare." As the Obamas left, Fleischer recalled, the President said to her table, "'Hi, guys!' It was very exciting and surprising."

Another diner at the restaurant, Susan Korchak of Manhattan, noted that Michelle Obama "is very tall. She's just statuesque and gorgeous."

Post-dinner, the Obamas hit the Belasco Theater on West 44th Street for a performance of Joe Turner's Come and Gone - about a group of African-Americans coming to grips with the legacy of slavery - before flying back to the White House.

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Michelle Obama: Fashion Industry Stimulus Plan

Her official title is First Lady of the United States, but Michelle Obama has also been called a one-woman stimulus plan for the fashion industry.

The cataloging of Mrs. Barack Obama's style selections choices - from $565 two-tone Lanvin sneakers to the black Michael Kors sheath and Peter Soronen corset she donned for a recent Time gala - has shown no sign of abating.

Along the way, those who produce the clothes, whether J. Crew or high-end designers (for which Michelle has shown a considerable penchant), have been catapulted into the limelight, with her triple-A-list exposure offering a boost to business.

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“There has been a huge interest in special orders, which has helped maintain business in a gloomy time,” said Peter Soronen, whose pieces are sold through Ikram, a Chicago boutique owned by Ikram Goldman, the First Lady’s de facto stylist.

Soronen, who called his 11-year-old company “a semicouture house” because custom orders make up a large percentage of his business, was quick to point out that major retailers have not yet come knocking for his entire collection.

However, individual Michelle Obama fashion statements have elicited direct specialty boutique orders and, in some cases, requests for an entire new dress.

Continue reading this article in Women's Wear Daily, and click to enlarge some of Michelle's style choices that have made headlines in recent months ...

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Behind the Scenes with Michelle Obama

Despite hectic schedules, White House life has actually been a calming influence on the Obamas, according to First Lady of Fashion (and the U.S.) Michelle.

Michelle says living in the residence has been a particularly positive experience for her daughters Malia 10, and Sasha, 7. When it comes to life in the Executive Mansion, the First Lady calls it "the greatest single benefit for us as a family."

After all, now they see each other every day, which hasn't been the case for most of the kids' lives, especially during the grueling presidential campaign.

"It's rare [for most families] to have dad at home for dinner, to see him in the mornings, to have him there when you go to bed at night, just to be able to have the casual conversations that happen about life at dinnertime," Michelle tells Time.

"That's been terrific, and more normal than we've had for a very long time."

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On maintaining perspective and putting family first, Mrs. Obama says, "We stay 100 percent in their world. Their lives are very disconnected from this [place]. You can do that with kids when they are young, because they just don't care."

The President of the United States agrees.

"Among the many wonderful things about being President," Barack Obama tells Time, "the best is that I get to live above the office and see Michelle and the kids every day. I see them in the morning. We have dinner every night. It sustains me."

He also takes work breaks for what he terms "Michelle time," when retreats from his office to the residence. Every now and then, his wife shows up in the West Wing with family dog Bo and/or the kids for "a brief but lively interruption."

"And if the kids really, really need to see him, they can," Michelle says. "They're free to walk in. They're welcome wherever they want to go around here."

Click to enlarge more Michelle Obama pictures from the article ...

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Iman Gives Backhanded Compliment to Michelle Obama

As people across America fall in love with Michelle Obama fashion, it might seem odd to hear any negative critique about her always flawless appearance.

But for Iman, the 53-year-old supermodel and wife of David Bowie, the First Lady of the U.S. is more than a pretty face ... she's just not that beautiful.

"Mrs. Obama is not a great beauty,” Iman tells Parade magazine. “But she is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther."

Thanks ... right?

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Iman thinks First Lady Michelle Obama isn't that great looking - but hey, looks can be overrated, you know. Easy for a supermodel to say, but we digress.

"When you’re a great beauty, it’s always downhill for you," Iman explains. "If you’re someone like Mrs. Obama, you just get better with age.”

Hmm. We're still not sure if that's a compliment or not, but all we know is that if "going downhill" involves looking like Michelle, we'll take it.

Follow the link to check out the First Lady's fashion tips!

First Lady Fashion: Michelle Obama’s Tips For Success

Okay, so Michelle Obama didn't personally compile this list for us, but the First Lady of the United States is certainly a celebrity style icon worth emulating!

Whether she's at black tie affairs or dressed down working in the White House garden or walking Bo the First Dog, she always looks just about perfect.

You may never live in the White House, but here are 10 simple Michelle Obama fashion tips you can master to look great on practically any occasion:

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1. Play Up Your Assets!

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2. Choose Signature Pieces!

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3. Discover Defining Colors!

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4. Get a Great Haircut!

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5. Don't Sacrifice Comfort!

Mixing Things Up

6. Shop Your Closet!

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7. Accessorize like a Pro!

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8. Reveal Your Silhouette!

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9. Find Your Resources!

Michelle Obama: WOW!

10. Know When to WOW!

This Week in Michelle Obama Fashion

First Lady Michelle Obama's first trip to New York City since her husband was elected President left audiences floored in more ways than one.

She drew raves at the Time 100 Most Influential People Awards at the Time Warner Center for both her stunning floor-length navy blue gown from high-end French designer Azzedine Alaia and her touching keynote address Tuesday.

Her hip pink sneakers did not make an appearance this time around, but that's probably a good thing. Here's Michelle's latest fashion statement:

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This was just part of a busy, fashionable day for Michelle Obama, who also donned a Tracy Feith dress for a meet-and-greet at the U.S. mission to the UN.

The previous day, she looked casual, yet chic at a Hispanic Heritage event at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in D.C., worked in the garden, and dressed back up for a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House.

Here's a look more Michelle Obama pictures from this week, along with some highlights from the stylish First Couple's first months in the White House ...

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Michelle Obama’s Shoes: Love Em’ or Shove ‘Em?

As if her multi-colored cardigan collection, affinity for reasonable J.Crew outfits and endless supply of adorable Jimmy Choo heels weren't enough ...

... Michelle Obama now rocks sneakers?

Yesterday, the First Lady of the United States and member of People's 100 Most Beautiful list visited the Capital Area Food Bank in D.C., where she helped assemble more than 2,000 bags of food for hungry children. How nice.

But what was even more awesome was her fashion - Michelle wore a typical J.Crew sweater, natch, but paired them with gray sneaks with a pink toe. OMG!

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Well, technically they're not sneakers, according to fashion experts, just shoes - really unexpected ones by Lanvin that cost $540 at Barneys, in fact.

So they might not sell out as quickly as some previous Michelle Obama fashion ensembles. But hey, still neat. What other First Lady could pull this off!

What do you think of Michelle's sneakers/shoes? Vote in our survey to voice your opinion, then click to enlarge more photos of the fashionable Mrs. O ...

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Michelle Obama Provides First Dog Update

Amid an economic recession so bad that world markets are expected to shrink for the first time in six decades, and a world more unstable each day due to proliferation of nuclear weapons and threat of terrorism, Americans are dying to know ...

How is first dog Bo doing these days?

"He's kind of crazy, but he's still a puppy. So he likes to play a lot," First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama told visiting children at the White House for the annual Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday.

"It was like 10 o'clock. Everybody was asleep and we hear this barking and jumping around. The president and I thought somebody was out there. It was just Bo, playing with his ball. It was like there was another person in the house."

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The 6-month-old Portuguese water dog, who's getting even more attention than Michelle Obama fashion these days, "loves to chew on people's feet," she added.

Asked how she spends her free time, Michelle said, "Well, right now I'm taking care of this puppy. So I'm doing a lot of dog walking and dog training."

One child asked what she would she do if Bo ran away.

"I would be very sad, first of all, but ... he has [dog] tags, and hopefully someone would find him and bring him back," Michelle Obama said.

If he were to somehow escape the gated South Lawn, "I think everyone at the White House would probably help go out and find him," she said.

"We're working on training him, so he doesn't run away and listens when we call him. So far he's doing OK. We hope we don't have that problem!"

All together now: Awwww. Click to enlarge more Bo pics below!

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Barack, Bo and the First Family: At Play!

Give it up, Republicans. Look to 2016.

Approval ratings for Barack Obama might drop a bit if the economy continues to tank, but the President took a step this week that ensures his popularity will remain, even in the face of rising employment rates and populist outage:

He got a puppy!

Not just any puppy, but one with "star quality," as Obama described Bo, adding: "That's a good-looking dog, let's face it."

It's also a good-looking family the President has gathered together. He, Michelle, Malia and Sasha took the First Dog out for a walk this week:

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Malia says her new Portuguese water dog is "perfect." Do you agree?

Click on the following photos to enlarge more adorable pics of Barack, Bo and the Obamas...

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Michelle Obama: Real or Wax?

Continuing to win raves for her fashion as well as her demeanor, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama posed for a photo with Barack Obama yesterday.

OR DID SHE?

Is this actually a picture of America's newest First Couple? Or has Madame Tassaud gone to town once again and immortalized them in her D.C. museum?

You decide in this edition of Real or Wax ...

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Michelle Obama: The New Princess Di?

Not exactly.

The First Lady's appeal is widespread, but she hasn't emerged as a celebrity magazine-selling fixture equivalent to the late Princess of Wales, despite publishers' hopes.

Vogue's March cover story on Michelle Obama called her "The First Lady the World's Been Waiting For." No doubt she's been embraced by the media world, appearing on magazine cover after cover, from People and Us Weekly to Newsweek.

Michelle Obama fashion is all the rage these days, and her approval ratings are quite high, but magazine sales of issues featuring the First Lady are mixed.

A Michelle cover doesn't hurt a general-interest magazine, the numbers suggest, but it doesn't produce more than an occasional lift either. New York magazine's March 23 issue (below) looks to have produced only average sales.

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When Michelle appears in a magazine with strong African-American readership, however, or when she appears with the president, sales seem to jump more.

Essence, O and Ebony covers featuring Michelle solid far more copies than usual.

Celeb gossip magazines are mixed. Us Weekly's November 17 cover, "Their Amazing Journey," sold 923,161 copies, 16 percent more than average. Yet summer's "Michelle Obama - Why Barack Loves Her" cover sold just 2 percent above average.

On the bottom end? The September Ladies' Home Journal, picturing both Obamas, sold 182,233 copies - 21 percent below average. Although the teaser about saving money at the pump didn't help. Way to play up your cover photo.

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