Never underestimate the power of social media to make an otherwise missable moment go viral.
In this case, it was former first lady Michelle Obama’s reaction to a gift that new first lady Melania Trump brought her Friday morning.
The new first couple greeted the Obamas at the White House as tradition dictates on Inauguration Day.
The two families exchanged pleasantries for a moment before Trump handed over a light-blue Tiffany’s box to Obama.
Future First Lady Melania Trump gives a gift to First Lady Michelle Obama as the Obamas welcome the Trumps to the White House. pic.twitter.com/05TzjXBeDf
— ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2017
It appeared as though Obama wasn’t prepared to receive a gift, so no one knew exactly where to put it.
As news coverage focused in on the former first lady’s reaction, Twitter users captured her facial expression and ran with it.
the only good moment of this inauguration is michelle jim-facing the camera like “why did she give me this box” pic.twitter.com/WoGAWfKS0l
— jomny sun (@jonnysun) January 20, 2017
Michelle’s face lmaooooooooo pic.twitter.com/GKiKivHpAK
— Gucci Cardboard Box (@SobLucci) January 20, 2017
— Sonja C (@sfsonja) January 20, 2017
It’s unclear what Obama was thinking at the moment, but she definitely looked confused.
Hours after she received the gift, many were still wondering what was in the box. The New York Times “investigated” the question Friday and came up empty.
— Maddie (@iammaddie16) January 20, 2017
People were left to speculate what was inside.
@nytimes commemorative Make America Great Again plate.
— lisa boudreau (@boudreau_lisa) January 20, 2017
One user made a joke reference to the flap over Trump’s Republican National Convention speech, parts of which a campaign staffer plagiarized from a speech given by Obama.
Melania giving Michelle her speech back pic.twitter.com/wADXYZfKrh
— ʎǝɔunɐɥɔ 🌐 (@chauncey_murphy) January 20, 2017
Not too long ago, the two women were tense political rivals.
Last September, Obama appeared on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report to discuss the state of the 2016 presidential election. The former fist lady said she had “no sympathy” for Trump while on the campaign train.
“You have to be in it,” Obama said, in an apparent shot at Trump. “Bottom line is, if I didn’t agree with what Barack was saying, I would not support his run. I stand there proudly and I hope they are too, standing with their spouses proudly. So, no sympathy!”
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