During her first television interview since leaving the White House, Obama told “Ellen” host Ellen DeGeneres in an episode set to air Thursday what happened when the new first lady unexpectedly handed her a Tiffany’s box at the front steps of the White House on Inauguration Day last year.
“There’s all this protocol. This is like a state visit, so they tell you that you’re going to do this, they’re going to stand here,” she explains.
“Never before do you get this gift, so I’m sort of like, ‘OK, what am I supposed to do with this gift?’” Obama says, narrating as a clip of the exchange plays on a large screen behind her and Ellen.
“Everyone cleared out and no one would come and take the box, and I’m thinking, ‘Do we take the picture with (it)?’ And then my husband saved the day — see he grabbed the box and took it back inside. But everybody cleared out — no staff, no one. I was like, ‘What do you do with the box?’”
And what was inside the box?
Obama told DeGeneres: “It was a lovely frame.”
In January 2017, Twitter instantly turned the moment when Michelle appeared to give Melania the side-eye after receiving the large Tiffany & Co. box into a meme.
Heres’s a take on the moment as it happened a year ago”
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