Mystery Solved: Why Gift Exchange Between Melania and Michelle Was So Awkward

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January 31, 2018Jan 31, 2018

For the last year, thousands of Americans have been laughing at, confused by, or mocking the awkward gift exchange that took place between First Lady Melania and Former First Lady Michelle Obama. The photos and videos of the awkward exchange went viral after President Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017. 

The videos and photos went viral because of Michelle's facial expression when Melania gifted her a Tiffany & Co. box. She grabbed the box, looked perplexed, and began circling around trying to hand it off somewhere. 

People speculated that Michelle simply did not want the present, or that she was trying to make a statement that she did not want to accept anything that was coming from the new First Family. 

Now, however, over a year later, Michelle Obama has finally spoken out about what made the exchange so awkward. She revealed that her reaction had nothing to do with her not wanting the gift. After all, what woman wouldn't be excited about seeing that Tiffany blue box? Rather, her reaction came out of "surprise."

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle said she was taken back by the gift because she was not expecting it. 

She said, "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 there."

She continued, saying that she was never told what to do if she was given a gift. 

Obama said, "Never before do you get this gift, so I'm sort 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 it?...No staff, no one. I was like, 'What do you do with the box?!'"

After spinning around with a perplexed look on her face, a scene that the Internet would go on to create thousands of memes over, former President Obama stepped in. 

Michelle said, "And then my husband saved the day. See he grabbed the box and took it back inside."

Michelle Obama revealed that there was a "lovely frame" inside of the Tiffany & Co. box. 

Below is the video of the gift exchange:

Do you remember this awkward exchange? Are you glad it's finally been explained?! Let us know! In other recent news, Melania got harsh criticism and accusations over her outfit choice at the State of the Union.

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