Wisconsin Mural of Barack and Michelle Obama Vandalized Beyond Repair

A mural of President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama has been vandalized beyond repair.

The outdoor artwork, which was painted in Madison, Wisconsin by Dane Arts Mural Arts, featured portraits of the former president and first lady against a blue background with the words “Respect,” “Empower,” and “Include” between them.

After the mural was defaced by vandals, the city was forced to fully paint over the president’s face to cover up the damage. The first lady’s portrait remained untouched.


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Pete Souza, who worked as the Chief Official White House Photographer for Obama and Ronald Reagan, shared the news on Instagram Tuesday, posting a photo of himself posing in front of the mural after it was commissioned and another of the repaired portrait after it had been vandalized.

“Last year, my daughter made this picture of me standing in front of this beautiful mural that was commissioned by DAMA (Dane Arts Mural Arts) in Madison as part of the State Street mural project,” Souza, who is based in Madison, wrote. “I’m sad to report that the depiction of President Obama was vandalized beyond repair, and the city had to paint over his portrait (swipe to see how it looks today).⁣”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Greta Bjomson