It’s always awkward coming face to face with the woman whose job you’re just about to reluctantly take over, all because you married a reality TV star with political aspirations.
Melania Trump‘s super relatable predicament was one of the highlights of President Donald Trump’s inauguration this time last year – and former First Lady Michelle Obama has finally spoken out about the uncomfortable exchange.
Answering what we all need to know, Michelle addressed what was in the box.
Her face says it all, doesn’t it? Obama managed to channel an entire generation of Democrats, when they were handed the news Donald Trump would take a seat in the Oval Office after her husband, 44th President Barack Obama’s eight-year stretch.
Many wondered what was in the box gifted by Melania to her predecessor on the steps of the White House on Friday, January 20, 2017.
The blue Tiffany-clad gift caused a lot of debate on Twitter:
the only good moment of this inauguration is michelle jim-facing the camera like "why did she give me this box" pic.twitter.com/WoGAWfKS0l
— jomny sun (@jonnysun) January 20, 2017
Well, the mystery has finally been solved, as Michelle revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, inside the signature Tiffany-blue box was a ‘lovely frame’.
What a disappointment – for us and Michelle, presumably.
Here’s the frame in question:
Knowing what we know now and how charged the exchange was, the frame basically becomes a symbol of Democratic misery; a political Horcrux, if you will.
In her first TV interview since leaving the White House, Michelle appeared on the show as part of Ellen’s 60th birthday double-episode special, which is as of yet unaired, with Ellen obviously asking about the gift.
While the footage was playing in the background, Ellen also pointed out Donald Trump walked up the steps to greet the Obamas, leaving his wife behind.
Michelle then explained exactly what happened and her train of thought throughout the process:
Well there is all this protocol. This is like a state visit so they tell you they’re going to stand here, and never before do you get this gift so I’m kind of like, ‘OK…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?
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?
On Thursday, Michelle will appear in front of an audience filled with people who are paying it forward as part of Ellen’s #OneMillionActsofGood campaign.
The 54-year-old former First Lady was a frequent guest on the show during her husband’s time in office and she even co-hosted in 2016.
As part of this, the pair appeared in a sketch in which Ellen took Michelle to CVS:
The shopping experience was designed to prepare her for life after the White House.
The clip has garnered almost 29 million views on YouTube.
Meanwhile Ellen conducted her own State of Union address, which you can watch below:
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Michelle will be joined by fellow guest Jennifer Aniston. Expect japes.
The Ellen DeGeneres double-episode special will be aired on Thursday, February 1.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.