One year after leaving the White House, Michelle Obama has finally given her first post-presidential interview to Ellen DeGeneres. The full chat airs tomorrow, but in a preview released today, the former first lady confirmed that the Obamas’ awkward-looking inauguration gift exchange with the Trumps really was the most awkward IRL.
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“There’s all this protocol,” Obama 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 okay. 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]?’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?”
By the way, the Trumps got the Obamas “a lovely frame,” Obama said. So now we know…