Following President Obama’s farewell address, Marvel CCO Joe Quesada shared his own personal experience with the Commander-in-Chief. On his Tumblr, he recalled working on a commission for the President himself, as well as how Obama wrote a letter to Quesada’s daughter when he first took office.
Quesada began his story with a short disclaimer, writing, “I rarely if ever post anything personal. But I have two personal stories that I’ve never really told publicly that I feel I need to tell today.”
Following that, he recalled receiving a call from the White House — something so unexpected, that at first he didn’t believe it. “I was sitting in my office at Marvel when my phone rings and a gentlemen claiming to be an assistant to the President Of The United States tells me that the POTUS would like to commission me to do a piece of art for him,” he shared. “Thinking it was a prank I told him I’d love to discuss it further but I was rushing off to a meeting and would gladly call him back. I took down his info, did a quick Google search and confirmed that the number on my caller I.D. was indeed coming from an office in the White House. Wait, what?!?”
“As it turned out a close friend of the President, Patrick Gaspard, who was the Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs, was leaving to take on his new role as the Director of the Democratic National Committee,” he continued. “Mr. Gaspard happened to be a HUGE Marvel Comics fan. We’re talking a full on True Believer since childhood, and President Obama thought that a perfect parting gift for his service to the administration would be a custom piece of art featuring Mr. Gaspard, himself and several Marvel heroes standing in front of the White House and for some godforsaken reason he was asking me to draw it. I of course had to get approval from the highest levels of Marvel where it was met with nothing but enthusiasm and a big thumbs up.”
“I’d never been more thrilled to get art revisions in my life!” he added. “Once the piece was finished inked and colored by Danny Miki and Richard Isanove respectfully, I received word that the President was thrilled with the results and Mr. Gaspard was over the moon with the final framed surprise gift.”
In his post, Quesada goes on to talk about meeting Mr. Gaspard at San Diego Comic-Con one year — and the two have kept in touch ever since. Quesada has also met Obama himself, though he didn’t offer very many details about this encounter.
“Godspeed President Obama, thank you for your service. I have no doubt and look forward to how you will continue to serve and change our world for the better,” he concluded.
To read more about Quesada’s experiences with President Obama, make sure to check out his full post on Tumblr.