Michelle Obama Reveals What Was in the Tiffany Box From Melania Trump. You Can Sleep Now.
Rare is the Washington secret that can be kept for any extended period of time. But after more than a year, one of the biggest mysteries of the Trump administration was finally revealed this week.
It was a picture frame.
That was the present wrapped in a Tiffany & Company blue box that Melania Trump presented to a befuddled Michelle Obama as the Obamas greeted the soon-to-be first lady and her husband, Donald J. Trump, outside the north portico of the White House on Jan. 20, 2017, Inauguration Day.
这就是梅拉尼娅·特朗普(Melania Trump)为一脸困惑的米歇尔·奥巴马(Michelle Obama)送上的蓝色蒂芙尼(Tiffany & Co.)礼盒中的礼物，那是2017年1月20日，也就是就职日当天，奥巴马夫妇正在白宫北柱廊外迎接即将上任的第一夫人和她的丈夫唐纳德·J·特朗普(Donald J. Trump)。
Mrs. Obama disclosed the box’s contents in a recent appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, breaking her silence on an awkward moment that was broadcast live. “It was a lovely frame,” Mrs. Obama said on the show, which was broadcast on Thursday.
奥巴马夫人最近在上《艾伦秀》(The Ellen DeGeneres Show)的时候透露了礼盒里的东西，对这个现场直播的尴尬时刻首次发声。“那是个美丽的相框，”她在周四播出的节目上说。
On the show, Mrs. Obama recounted the moment she received the surprise gift.
It might seem obvious now that it had to be a frame, but on Inauguration Day there were few clues. Mrs. Trump delivered it to Mrs. Obama after she exited a limousine outside the White House and the couples shook hands and hugged. On a day full of pomp and protocol, the couples were then supposed to pose for a photograph, as two Marines saluted by their sides.
But instead of pivoting for the photograph, Mrs. Trump handed Mrs. Obama a rectangular box wrapped in robin-egg blue paper and a white bow. Mrs. Obama grabbed it with two hands and then panicked. It was not part of the script, she confirmed on the show.<纽约时报中英文网 http://www.qqenglish.com/>
“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,” Mrs. Obama said in the interview with Ms. DeGeneres. “Never before do you get this gift, so I’m sort of like, O.K.,” she said.
Holding the box, she turned to her left toward one of the Marines, glancing in all directions for a spot to place the gift. The Marine did not budge. It could not go on the ground. At last, she appeared to give up, resigned that it would appear in an official photograph to commemorate the transfer of power.
But then Mr. Obama stepped in. “No, no, no,” he said, looking at the package. “Hold on a second.”
Mr. Obama grabbed it and walked it inside the White House.
It was not seen in public again.