Joe Biden expected to host Barack Obama for official White House portrait reveal, report says

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A portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt above the Oval Office fireplace, flanked by President Abraham Lincoln, President George Washington, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and President Thomas Jefferson.
A portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt above the Oval Office fireplace, flanked by President Abraham Lincoln, President George Washington, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and President Thomas Jefferson.

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is bringing back presidential portrait unveilings.

Biden will host a White House ceremony later this year to unveil former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama's official portraits, according to an NBC News report.

The Obamas' portraits are “virtually done,” a person familiar with the process told NBC News.

Former President Donald Trump famously did not participate in a White House unveiling of Obama's portrait while in office. He was not expected to participate in a White House ceremony with Biden, either.

Trump is working on his official portrait, though, according to NBC News.

Barack Obama's office could not confirm the report to USA TODAY.

The National Portrait Gallery unveiled portraits of the Obamas in 2018. The gallery portraits are part of the only complete collection of presidents outside the White House. The portrait of Barack Obama, by artist Kehinde Wiley, and Michelle Obama's portrait, by artist Amy Sherald, are the first presidential portraits created by Black artists.

More: Report: Trump won't unveil Obama's official White House portrait anytime soon

White House portrait unveiling tradition

It has been a decades-long tradition for first-term presidents to host their predecessor as a show of camaraderie in Washington.

When Obama was in office, he hosted former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush for their official portrait unveiling at the White House.

Bush hosted former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for their official portraits.

While in office, Trump replaced the portraits of Clinton and Bush with portraits of former Republican Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley. In March, Biden put the portraits of Clinton and Bush back on prominent display in the White House.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Biden expected to host Obamas for portrait reveal: report