Michelle Obama Tells Real Story Behind Awkward Inauguration Day Gift Moment
By Isha Thorpe
February 1, 2018
It's been a little over a year since Donald Trump's Inauguration Day and we can all remember that awkward moment when Melania gave Michelle Obama a gift, before they posed for a photo with their husbands.
Cameras caught when Donald left his car to greet then President Barack Obama and the first lady. Melania got out of the car almost immediately after Donald and trailed a few paces behind him, as she said hello to Barack and Michelle. That's when she handed Michelle a large blue Tiffany's box. “You brought a gift!” MO exclaimed.
When explaining the awkward look she had on her face at this time, Michelle admitted on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" that Melania giving her the gift wasn't part of the protocol. “What am I supposed to do with this gift? And everyone cleared out and no one would come and take the box. And I’m thinking do we take the picture with?” Michelle said.
Luckily, Barack -- being smooth as always -- handled the situation like a pro. “I’ll take care of the protocol here,” the 44th prez said. Michelle added to DeGeneres, “And then my husband saved the day – see he grabbed the box and took it back inside."
When stating what the gift was, Michelle revealed, “It was a lovely frame.”
Watch Michelle Obama talk about the awkward Inauguration Day moment that quickly went viral below.