Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are hugely popular and revered even after vacating the office almost two years back. Last month, when their portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, Michelle Obama had hoped that the painting would inspire young girls, especially girls of colour to achieve and look up to people like them. Her hope came true when a photo of a young girl looking awestruck at Michelle Obama’s portrait went viral and brought down the internet and eventually reached the former First Lady. On Tuesday, Michelle Obama finally met the little girl whose photograph of being awestruck by her portrait had gone viral and by the pictures and videos shared by her, it is debatable who made more of an impact on the other.
The little girl’s picture of admiring Michelle Obama was clicked by Facebook user Ben Hines who was at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery with his mother and standing behind the girl in the line. The picture went viral for providing inspiration to countless people across the world and eventually reached Michelle Obama who expressed a desire to meet the 2-year-old girl. The photo posted by Ben Hines on his Facebook page has been shared more than 35,000 times. On Tuesday, the little fan met her idol who in turn was completely mesmerized and taken in by the toddler. This Little Girl’s Photo of Looking up to Michelle Obama’s Portrait is Going Viral for Providing Inspiration
Michelle Obama posted a photo with 2-year-old Parker
Michelle Obama also shared a video of herself and the little girl dancing
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
Ben Hines’s photo that went viral
Michelle Obama’s portrait
The official portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama were unveiled last month at Washington’s National Gallery. Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald were the artists who painted the life-size portraits of the former First Couple of the United States.