Any Inauguration Day provides for a lot of strange photo-ops, but especially when it involves a transfer of power after a long and bitter presidential race. Hillary Clinton smiling as she takes her seat next to George W. Bush. Clarence Thomas saying words out loud. Still, no moment seemed to be stranger than this interaction between the incoming and outgoing First Ladies. Melania Trump showed up with a huge Tiffany’s box for Michelle Obama and, well, Michelle’s face spoke volumes.
If we choose to do a close read, Michelle’s face is a chorus of conflicting emotions. The arched left eyebrow that is pure, unadulterated WTF, the narrowed eyes that are struggling to make sense of the whole thing (by which I’m going to go ahead and say means everything that’s happened since the Republican convention), the subtle smile that is 100 percent "what is this? I can't even," and, capping it all off, the direct, can-I-get-a-witness direct eye contact with the camera. "Is somebody else seeing this?" her eyes seem to say. "Please, tell me I'm not the only one seeing this."
Fortunately, the internet was not asleep at the wheel (the way the Democrats were in October and November) and they had plenty to say on the matter.
The Whole Interaction Feels Kind Of Like An Abbott And Costello Routine
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
But This Is The Moment That It All Crystallized
Michelle's reaction when Melania handed her the gift pic.twitter.com/OkaGM09naD— A$hley (@ashleygomes98) January 20, 2017
Really, There Should Be An Oscar For Single Looks, Because Michelle Nailed It
Michelle Obama is not impressed by Melania Trump's gift giving ability. pic.twitter.com/QxJzQGnQDa— Adam Johnson (@AdamJNBA) January 20, 2017
It Says So Many Things
When Michelle Obama got her gift from Melania LMAOOO pic.twitter.com/wLRp4OhfLr— Jen ❁ (@LemonKiwi_) January 20, 2017
Part Of The Problem, Of Course, Is Trump Proclaiming To Be A Man Of The People While His Wife Gives Michelle The Gift Of The Man
CAN WE ALL JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE MICHELLE'S FACE WHEN MELANIA HANDED HER A GIFT FROM TIFFANY'S pic.twitter.com/UJaNDBIZ1q— forameus (@blissfuIfiction) January 20, 2017
More Than Anything I Think Michelle Just Wanted Some Help In That Moment
Michelle Obama after getting a Tiffany's gift box from Melania: pic.twitter.com/QRQWDbbNi9— Melanie Schmitz (@MelsLien) January 20, 2017
It’s Today’s Best Example Of Flying The Flag Upside-Down
"What fresh new hell is this?" she seems to be saying.