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Jimmy Kimmel has a theory about Obama's presidential portrait, and a guess about how Trump's will look

On Monday, former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama unveiled their official portraits at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The tradition goes back to 1796, and "it's a big deal," Jimmy Kimmel said on Monday's Kimmel Live, showing a cheeky fake portrait of Obama before putting up the real one by artist Kehinde Wiley. "It's not the traditional man posing in front of desk with American flag in the background," he noted. "It depicts the president in front of flowers that represent Chicago, Africa, and Hawaii" — or perhaps the shirt Nick Nolte wore in his mug shot. But either way, Kimmel said, it got him thinking about the future.

"You know, the president gets to pick the artist," Kimmel mused. "I wonder what Trump's official portrait is going to look like. And I imagine it will look something like this." He unveiled an image that probably gave pause to ABC's censors. "Poor Mike Pence had to check himself right into conversion therapy," he joked. Watch below. Peter Weber