Michelle Obama and gift-giving

That awkward moment last Inauguration Day when Melania Trump presented Michelle Obama with a gift is back in the news. The Mooch recently appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and described the moment this way:

MICHELLE: Well, there’s all this protocol. I mean, this is like a state visit. So they tell you, “You’re gonna do this; they’re gonna stand here.” Never before do you get this gift. So I’m sort of like, “Okay.”

DEGENERES: (guffaws)

AUDIENCE: (laughter)

MICHELLE: “What am I supposed to do with this gift?” 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 — I was like, “What do you do with a box?”

Doesn’t the Mooch know YouTube is forever? You see, just 8 years before, she presented Laura Bush with a gift prior to the same ceremony.


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