In Joe Quesada's Cup of Joe column for Comic Book Resources, he reveals that back in February he began working on a personal commission for President Barack Obama.
Sometime in mid-February, I was contacted by someone from the White House asking if I had time to chat with one of the President's aides. When we finally connected I was floored to find out that the President wanted to commission me to do a piece of artwork. While I'd love to go into detail as to what it was, I don't feel that it's proper for me to do so at this point, as it was a request that came personally from Barack Obama — not as President but as citizen. In other words, the piece had nothing to do with politics and was to be a gift. Needless to say, while a fun piece to do conceptually, I was a nervous wreck. I must have submitted about a half dozen sketches, and nearly lost it with anxiety waiting for final approval knowing that the POTUS was reviewing them.
That's what Joe thinks. I'm just waiting for Michelle to flip it on eBay.