"Never before do you get this gift, so I'm sort of like, 'OK, what am I supposed to do with this gift?'" former first lady tells Ellen DeGeneres.
"It was a lovely frame," she told Ellen DeGeneres in her first televised interview since leaving the White House.
After rolling the hilariously awkward clip of Melania handing the former first lady the gift, Ellen addressed a few concerns she had with President Donald Trump's behavior as he arrived to his new home.
"First off he just walks up the steps without his wife, just leaves his wife behind," the daytime talk show host said.
But according to Michelle, it was just protocol.
"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?'" Michelle said.
The moment became one of the most viral GIFs from the day, but Michelle said her husband ultimately came to the rescue.
"And then my husband saved the day," she said. "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?'"