It was the gift exchange seen around the world. On President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day, incoming First Lady Melania Trump gave outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama a Tiffany box on the steps of the White House. Obama had no idea what to do with it. She gave the camera a look. She tried to give it to the Marine standing nearby. It was awkward.
And now, finally, a year after the exchange, Obama has finally broken her silence on the exchange during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
“Well, there’s all this protocol. I mean, this is like a state visit, so they tell you that you’re going to do this, they’re going to stand here. Never before do you get this gift, so I’m sort of like OK. … What am I supposed to do with this gift? No one would come and take the box. And I’m thinking, ‘Do we take the picture with (it)?’ That’s when my husband came and took the box and took it back inside. He saved the day,” Obama told DeGeneres.
And what was in it?
“It was a lovely frame, a frame.”
It’s just too awkward.