Former first lady Michelle Obama, in her first television interview since leaving the White House, told Ellen DeGeneres what was in the blue Tiffany’s box that Melania Trump gave her on Inauguration Day. Michelle further spilled the beans on what was going on in her head at the time of the exchange. The awkward gift exchange stood out as one of the highlights of the day’s activities for an array of reasons.
On speaking to Ellen, the former First Lady said,
"Well there's all this protocol, this is like a state visit, so they tell you-you're going to do this, they're going to stand here, and never before do you get this gift, so I'm sort of like, 'OK, what am I supposed to do with this gift?' 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 a box?'"
During the course of the interview, Michelle also admitted that former president Barack Obama isn't happy with his new bedroom. She said, "He got so short-changed on this whole deal. He doesn't have enough closet space.. sorry! He's got the smallest room for his office and Sasha actually killed in this house. She has like this two-room suite, it's all decked out. She's got a living room area and a bedroom and she designed it."
Michelle further said it wasn’t awkward to live right down the street from the White House.
“I mean, you know, the thing I learned in those eight years is that home is where we make it and we were in the White House for eight years, but it wasn't the house, it was us in it. It was our values and our love for each other and we just moved that to another house.”
The interview was part of series of episodes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show to mark the hosts 60th birthday. Ellen took to Instagram to share an image with the Former US First Lady and wrote, "I can’t think of anyone I’d be more happy to see for my 60th birthday show."
(With inputs from AP)