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Michelle Obama Reveals What Was in the Tiffany Box Melania Trump Gave Her on Inauguration Day

Mystery solved.
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Inauguration Day is one of those moments when politics are set aside (in theory) and ceremony takes over. And ceremony comes with protocol, as anyone who's ever attended a state function can tell you.

As Town & Country pointed out last year, for example, Donald Trump is the only president in recent history who did not escort his wife up the White House steps on his Inauguration Day. Whereas former Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton walked side-by-side up the steps with their wives, Trump trudged ahead, leaving Melania to follow him while holding a Tiffany box.

At first glance, that Tiffany box, which Melania Trump presented to Michelle Obama, looked like a polite gesture from the incoming first lady to the outgoing one.


But that mysterious blue box sparked a wave of internet speculation about what was inside. And where there's speculation, the jokes are sure to follow:

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In her first television interview since leaving the White House, Michelle Obama spoke to Ellen Degeneres about the awkward moment. (The full interview will air this Thursday.) Michelle said that when Melania presented her with the gift, she didn't really know what to do. "Well, there’s all this protocol," she explained. "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?'"

Luckily, her husband (that would be Barack Obama) stepped in and took the box inside the White House so the photo opportunity could continue as planned—without the gift in the pictures.

"I’ll take care of the protocol here," the 44th president reportedly said.

And what was in the box? "It was a lovely frame," says Michelle.

Mystery solved.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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