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Artist Paints Portrait of 'President Obama'

He doesn't have the White House locked up yet but Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) already is the subject of a portrait titled "President Obama."

Barack Obama
(Courtesy of Chaz Guest)

"The painting is on hold and ready for when he walks into the Oval Office," says Chaz Guest, the artist who painted it. Guest tells us the painting will be on loan to Senator/Possibly President Obama from the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago "until it is official."

Guest decided to paint the portrait of "President Obama" since the Illinois senator was so appreciative of another portrait Guest painted of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall. That portrait, which Guest loaned to Obama, has hung in Obama's Senate office for three years now.

Obama sent Guest a note thanking him for that painting on Oct. 11, 2005, saying: "A few years ago, Vernon Jordan told a graduating class that, 'You are where you are today because you stand on somebody's shoulders...and if you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on yours.' One of the people whose shoulders I stand on is Thurgood Marshall.... Looking at the painting each day provides me great inspiration and comfort."

Guest, who lives in Los Angeles, says he first met Obama four years ago at a fundraiser held at the home of major Obama bundlers Mattie and Michael Lawson when the rising political star from Illinois was running for Senate.

The artist sure seems confident that his portrait will be hanging in the Oval Office come next year. Perhaps there will be serigraphs (silkscreen prints) created of the painting of Sen. Obama at a later date," Guest told the Sleuth via email.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 24, 2008; 4:40 PM ET
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I appreciate this effort. What a graceful president we all will have as all the world population has mesmerized by his international tour and waiting to welcome him.

Posted by: Allen10 | September 25, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

All hail The Chosen One!

Posted by: obama girl | September 25, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Please - give us a break! We are SICK of Obama
and to the artist - He will NOT be the next President of the United States!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

It's really going to be nice to see all
the haters,commit hari kari, ha ha ha !


Posted by: vets for obama | September 25, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama is creepy aND HE GIVES me the creeps.

Posted by: Beth | September 25, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

It is a beautiful painting and it is a hopeful vision of the future. You don't have to hate the painting even if you are not voting for Obama. Art shows our ability to be creative instead of destructive and is a wonderful gift to us all. We could move backward and ban Art and Books but I think the majority of Americans would like to move forward. At least that is my sincere hope.

Posted by: Barbara08 | September 26, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: RUSTY | September 26, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

This portrait will go well with the gold Obama coins the Democratic Party ordered and being minted in Britain. You know those Brits, "doing jobs Americans won't do".

Posted by: GarandFan | September 27, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Good thing it's a flattering picture.

Otherwise, the Obama Truth Squad goons would be trying to prosecute the artist.

Posted by: RJGatorEsq. | September 27, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Just the thought of a President Obama gives me a panic attack. God help us.

Posted by: Suzy | September 27, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

We'll why not, he already has his own presidential seal, the arrogance is astounding.

Posted by: Jonru | September 27, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

This artist needs to change Obama's clothing to reflect his "Hitler/Gestapo" campaign tactics they are trying to pull on the citizens of Missouri, i.e. using law enforcement officers to intimidate and harass anyone who makes statements against "the one". I don't want The Messiah in my White House. No way. Check out Unbelieveable!!

Posted by: Sarah | September 27, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

We are sick of this messiah. We will be voting against this fraud...

Posted by: Mtih | September 27, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, he's already got his presidential seal...

People need to wake up and see who this guy is. He and Biden are the #1 and #3 most liberal senators, respectively. #4 is Bernie Sanders- a self-proclaimed socialist. What does that tell you?

I wouldn't vote for this guy if you put a gun to my head. And given the way his campaign has reacted to people who disagree with him, maybe someone doing that isn't that farfetched. Look at what they're doing in Missouri. Look at what they're doing in Virginia. I find it interesting how absentee ballots from my alma mater (which happens to be a conservative campus) have mysteriously vanished. Open your eyes- he's everything you always accuse the Republicans of.

Posted by: Kevin | September 27, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Yak (sound of cat with a hairball)

Posted by: SJ | September 27, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

All Heil der Führer Obama!!!

(be back shortly, i need to go throw up)

Posted by: DTW | September 27, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama should count his chickens
With the impending Financial/Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac/CRA/Jimmy Carter/Barney Frank/Chris Dodd/ Crisis unfolding

There might not be too many democrats
getting re-elected

Posted by: Stephen Buckley | September 27, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, first, his wife hates America, Obama refuses to acknowledge the flag of the United States, then a presidential seal, then and now, legal action and harassment in order to stifle debate and dissent (WGN, A.I.P., Missouri, Virginia, etc.) and now a presidential portrait, although, according to the author of this article, blame for the latter cannot be laid directly at Obama's feet, that we know of.

Exit question: Who commissioned the painting?

Posted by: Warren Bonesteel | September 27, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Where's the halo?

Posted by: Dalibama | September 27, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama, If elected(hope not!) will bring Chicago politics to Washington.

Posted by: happyjack | September 27, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Geez. Could we have the election first, please?

Posted by: HTL | September 27, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

seems like this dude is slightly presumptuous, yes? This is truly obnoxious. Period.

Posted by: chai | September 27, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

What a joke this guy is.

Posted by: Robin | September 27, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Where's the armband?

Posted by: RHR | September 27, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Looks just like him ARROGENT-Can't you folks see through this man?

Posted by: GeoSue | September 27, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... Artistically, this seems to me to portray someone with elitist tendencies, egotistical, someone who lacks the patience to build a resume before trying for the job. He appears to be a man who is prone to overestimate himself. Oh, and he's very fond of his own profile. But then I'm no art critic.

Posted by: Dee | September 27, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I keep thinking I will wake up and realize this whole Obama thing was a nightmare how did we get here??? He is truly frightening.

Posted by: Kath | September 27, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding me . . . at least, the artist got the arrogance correct.

Posted by: LOL | September 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm really getting sick of this obsequious Romanticism about Obama. The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution came directly from this kind of "Feeling" philosophy without reason or restraint. We got rid of the KING for a reason.
That much adoration ends intyranny.

Posted by: kalamere | September 27, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know sitting presidents had their portrait hanging in the White House?

Posted by: Ron | September 27, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame that TV fans see Obama's dictator show as something really great. It's like watching zombies walk over a cliff. There's this little thing called an election, see, where we're supposed to exercise our right to VOTE. And now, sending out TRUTH SQUADS to catch whatever Obama's definition is of a lie?? Dude is nuts and dangerous. What about his lies? Call me the Truth Squad now, a liar is on the loose somewhere near Reverand Jeremiah Racist's backyard pool. The fake presidential podium had to be the funniest and most offensive thing to come along since Marv Albert wore thongs.

People, get it quick. Obama is oppressive. You're seeing it: a Socialist, a puppet, a Soros field hand. Come November, the Chicago machine WILL come to collect on the bill. You're getting a taste of Socialism now, and Obama is still flipping like a fish to cover his radical past. Too bad print & broadcast media is racist, biased AND sexist. The party of tolerance? Anything but.

McCain-Palin '08. (Or expect a Truth Squad on YOUR front lawn. Pathetic.)

Posted by: Vermont Neighbor | September 27, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Very distinguished image, but not accurate - good artistic license - now go back and get it right with a snobish lopsided sneer and right size the ears.

The ego and self aggrandizement of this junior senator is beyond belief.

Posted by: Sable | September 27, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Guest never learned, don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Posted by: Kath | September 27, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama has enough ego for 10 presidents I think even if he becomes president it will not be enough for his ego.

Posted by: Kath | September 27, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I know good art when I see it and this "pitchr" is worse than 7th grade art. POS !

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't know much about art, but I know what I like. And I hate the guy in that painting.

Posted by: The Fop | September 27, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The artist has made a serious mistake in painting Obama. The proportions are wrong, the head is too small, this makes Obama look like a PINHEAD, please fix this, BEFORE ANYONE ELSE SEES THIS!

Posted by: mad dog | September 27, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey how about wait til after the election and paint whoever actually wins...

Posted by: NObama | September 27, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac-Obama all tied together=we know this-you cant hide it anymore, its silly to think that Americans cant see this criminal for the thug he is. Keep the art,it can hang in his cell and give bubba something to look at. Obama stomps all over freedom of speech rights and you guys in the media are letting him-thats ok we are organizing, and will rize up to defeat this criminal who helped bring down wallstreet with fannie mae.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Presidentail gold coins, Presidential portraits, presidential seals, fake Greek columns, no experience, never wrong, 20 + years with reverend Wright & Mr. Ayers, community organizer, votes 'present', denies victory to military, will meet with our enemy, can't speak without a teleprompter and a lawyer to boot.

HOPE AND CHANGE we don't need, he's a pathetic fake like his collection of goods, people and thoughts!!

The people will show him on November 4th, 2008

Posted by: Beddgelert | September 27, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

So, if you don't vote for Obama you're a hater or a racist. Wow...what do you call it when 97% of one race votes for the candidate of the same color? Racial pride? Ha...what a joke and what a disaster this guy will be as President. The rip off $800 billion plus bailout will seem like nothing once this empty suit gets done.

Posted by: M. MIller | September 27, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't resemble Obama very much. His nose isn't high enough in the air.

Posted by: Redteam | September 27, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

How the hell is this news?

Posted by: Warner Todd Huston | September 27, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

This artist is living in a complete fantasy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Who cares, this MUSLIM will never be elected. The American citizens will come out in force to vote boobama back to Africa where he belongs. If he is so great why don't all you kool-aid drinking tree huggers pack up and go with him and he can become president of the rest of the world...Paid for the committee to elect a real American John McCain

Posted by: Obama is a loser.. | September 27, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

So, watching the strong arm tactics of squashing anti-Obama opinions, clogging phonelines at radio stations that have guests who oppose Obama and asking MO state law enforcement to arrest anyone spreading lies or untruths about Obama, I would suspect that this picture will not only in the the White House,but it will be required to hang in every American home as well.

Posted by: pjean | September 27, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

""as all the world population has mesmerized by his international tour and waiting to welcome him"

What really happened in Germany is that OB's speech followed a rock band show. Those people were not there to see him! It's getting harder to find the truth.

And now in the U.S. we have Obama truth squads roaming about.

Posted by: tek_support | September 27, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm ... accurate likeness. He has about as much depth as the canvas it's painted on.

Posted by: Dumb_Blonde | September 27, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Wrong pose. He needs to be walking on water.

Say wasn't Hitler a community organizer.....
Didn't Osama bin Laden start al Queda out as a community group...

Posted by: Nobama/Marx '08! | September 27, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Which is his white side?

What an arrogant, silly little SOB.

Posted by: ABCDEFG | September 27, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Have the chickens come home to roost? I think not.

Posted by: Captain America | September 27, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Looks nothing like him -- no scrawny neck, narrow shoulders and limp wrists.

We don't get to see those famous ears, either...

Posted by: Lulu | September 27, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse


You need to go back to grammar school and learn how to write a complete sentence. Oh, and I'm glad you figured out how to turn on the CAPS button. Now you need to learn how to type with more than two fingers.

Posted by: Stainless | September 27, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Until it is official... you mean until Acorn finishes stuffing the ballot boxes don't you?

Posted by: Stephanie | September 28, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

When it comes down to it in the election booth, with nothing to choose but who do you believe, who do you trust, John McCain is simply more believable and trustworthy.

Barack Obama is forceful. Barack Obama is confident. Barack Obama is measured and yes, indeed, Presidential at times. But most of all, Barack Obama is empty of experience and achievment and therefore he has no choice but to become like an actor striving for the most powerful job in the world. I’m very alarmed he has gotten this far. Besides he looks like a snob.

Posted by: Roscoe | September 28, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

First the fake presidential seal and now this. The guy is like a 10 year old, which is not a good thing.

Posted by: SickofBarry | September 28, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: C-Dawg | September 28, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

This "Art" looks just like ugly ghetto finger painting you see defacing walls on MLK blvd. in every large city in the United States. Just another shrine for the man-child messiah. GAG!!

Posted by: Stephen Morgan | September 28, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

The picture made him look like he has a
bigger upper torso. If it was a full frontal painting the artist would have to have used a wider canvas to get his ears in. Barry Obama, The sheik of Drexal Blvd,

Posted by: chijunkie | September 28, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey that isn't Barack Obama...that is Michael Steele of GOPAC.....Drill, Baby, Drill!

Posted by: SteeleGOPAC | September 28, 2008 5:37 AM | Report abuse

how dare anyone make sport of the Chosen One. You mean-spirited people will be tracked down by the Chosen One's justice department. Dissent will not be tolerated!

Posted by: drewinmass | September 28, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

** all the world population has mesmerized by his international tour and waiting to welcome him. **

Yes, all the world population is so mesmerized by him that they cannot remember one memorable line from any of his major speeches or debates.

His speech in Berlin? What was a memorable line from that?

His speech at the DNC Convention in Denver? What was a memorable line from that?

The most memorable line from his debate with McCain on Friday was "taking out Pakistan" and "Um, uh, I've got a bracelet too."

That bodes well for McCain, not Obama, you fool.

Posted by: Jeff | September 28, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

OK The ChosenOne seems to have a very public personal problem with Hubris, here are but a few examples: #1 Obama has been recorded responding to questions, "When I'm President", #2 Created an ersatz Presidential Seal, placed it on a podium that He delivers a speech from, #3 Ordered constructed a special chair in his campaign plane, with the word 'President' stenciled on it (photo of it in ABC news article) #4 When on the Germany leg of Obama's tour of Europe, requested as a venue for his speech; the Brandenburg Gate, a venue reserved for heads of state. Why does Obama conduct such a smug self-indulgent campaign of entitlement? Tragically, He's not in possession of the Maturity to lead, nor the Humility to serve as Commander-n-Chief

Posted by: AMR 1960 | September 28, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Obama is not the President. Hell he was not even a good community organizer. Just go LOOK at the community he was in charge of, it is still a slum run over with trash....yet he was given a million plus what? to clean it all gone, and so is he.
What an ass.

Posted by: Mom | September 28, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I thought all the anti-BO comments were right on the money Has anyone noticed how much he resembles a sock monkey? The pose in the picture says to me: "I am right and I am closed to anything you have to say." The arrogance of the man is unbelievable!

Posted by: C. L. Kaiser | September 28, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

He has the whole world in his hands. Jesus that is...not Obama.

McCain-Palin 08

Posted by: Leroy | September 28, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

What a truly inspiring portrait and inspiring candidate. Obama not only displays his own monumental conceit but brings out the conceit of others.

Posted by: zhombre | September 28, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Dear Senator Obama: "Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18

Posted by: Jeanne T. | September 28, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Jeanie | September 28, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Stories are popping up in towns across the country about how bad the new voting machines software can mess up and drop 18,000 votes in primary election and the possibilities of all kinds of glitches, actual votes switching over to opposite candidate especially in places where operators do it purposely by a click of a button. What is the point of voting. No paper backup to check. We are doomed folks.

Maybe the painter has already been told Obama will be president no matter how the vote actually tallys, the fix is already in. Sad day for America

Posted by: sad | September 28, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

They put this in the news? Who cares!
Where are the articles and the 20/20 reports on who tried to sound the alarms that we were going to have a loan crisis.
Oh, I forgot, it's all Bush's fault.

But this "painting" makes the news!

Can't wait to see the Dems going "what happened?" when McCain wins Nov. 4th.

Posted by: Pablo | September 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Why not have it painted didn't Sugar Daddy George Soros already buy him all the votes needed to win? He must have!

Posted by: silvier | September 29, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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