The official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were formally unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery last month. And they are pretty damn special. When Michelle spoke about the modernist painting of herself by artist Amy Sherald, the former first lady said, “I’m also thinking about all of the young people, particularly girls, and girls of colour, who, in years ahead, will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution.”
Then this happened last week.
The little girl is two-year-old Parker Curry; her mom, Jessica, told Buzzfeed, “In the world we live in today, I’m just trying to raise a little girl who has opportunities to see women who look like her doing great things.”
Everyone, meet 2-year-old Parker Curry. “In the world we live in today, I’m just trying to raise a little girl who has opportunities to see women who look like her doing great things,” her mom Jessica told me https://t.co/0gBu6FaHFF pic.twitter.com/FSr6Y8cTXc
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 2, 2018
But even as a kid you can accomplish amazing, wonderful things — like meeting the subject of the portrait that fascinated her so much. That’s right, Parker not only got to meet Obama, but she danced with her too. How many people can say that?
Parker, I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)! Keep on dreaming big for yourself…and maybe one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you! pic.twitter.com/faUVTsYWun
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 6, 2018
And if people thought Parker looking up at Michelle’s big, beautiful portrait was moving, seeing them together IRL was next level.
— M. L. Chavis (@mlchavis) March 6, 2018
Oh Michelle, how we love your spirit and outreach of love. Reaching out to each other in joy and celebrating. https://t.co/myY56FamLs
— Sally D. (@Sallygirlygirly) March 6, 2018
OH. MY. GOD. I need to save this video and play it any time I need some absolute joy in my life. https://t.co/R4VVZPNwt6
— Bree Ryback (@CapitolRomance) March 6, 2018
me upon seeing this: *crying and dancing* https://t.co/8WRexlswRi
— Anastacia (@staciabarbosa) March 6, 2018
And just when we thought it was absolute perfection, it somehow got even better.
This historic photo of two world leaders discussing their ideas is really inspiring pic.twitter.com/yU6MIhYWGB
— agerenesh ashagre (@agerenesh) March 6, 2018
Sigh. Oh, Michelle, we miss you so. Your husband as well, though that goes without saying.
This woman is so gracious and kind. What a great story for the young girl to have now for a lifetime. https://t.co/jPudRnlsg7
— Kelly A. Wolgast (@kelly_wolgast) March 6, 2018