The Obama Portrait

A couple of months ago, my husband and I watched President Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago. Although we were sad that he was on his way out, we more inspired by his words, that I felt I had to create another portrait (the other being my father) of an extraordinary man.


There are nine symbols incorporated into the art that represent him in one way or another.

Basketball-his love for the sport

Education-attended Harvard and became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review 

Lawyer-he worked as a civil rights attorney and professor teaching constitutional law

Eagle-US national emblem-the eagle was chosen because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks and also because it was then believed to exist only on this content

Hawaiian state flower-Hibiscus

The famous Obama campaign logo

Kenyan shield-representing his African heritage

The Cross-his faith

And last but not least, another Hawaiian flower and one of my favorites, the frangipani.

Can you find the symbols?

Thank you President Obama for your grace, integrity and morals. My heart is full of honor and gratitude for what he has achieved. What a great privilege it’s been to have such a graceful and dignified president to represent the United States. America is a better and stronger place because of you.

With gratitude,



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