Whether it’s a simple case of misremembering an event, or a situation in which a person is deliberately lying about an event to cause an emotional reaction in the listeners, former First Lady Michelle Obama was caught, red-handed, in another inaccurate recounting of a personal experience.
This time, it began with an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, where the former First Lady gave the first televised interview since leaving the Oval Office.
DeGeneres asked Michelle about the exchange that occurred between she and Melania Trump on the day of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
In the video of the encounter, Donald and Melania Trump arrive for a meet and greet with the Obamas. Mr. Trump shakes Barack Obama’s hand, and warmly says hello to Michelle. Melania arrives a few seconds later, and can be seen handing Michelle a beautifully wrapped sky-blue box, and the expression on Michelle’s face seemed to suggest that she had no idea what to do with the thoughtful gift.
It was later revealed that the gift had been a frame from Tiffany’s. The entire exchange could pretty much be summed up with the word “awkward.”
When Ellen DeGeneres asked Michelle about the encounter, Michelle responded that it was a breach of protocol,
“Well there is all this protocol. This is like a state visit so they tell you they’re going to stand here, and never before do you get this gift so I’m kind of like, ‘OK…What am I supposed to do with this gift?'”
The audience laughed along at the picture Michelle had painted about Melania Trump’s ignorance of protocol during a state visit… and then the Internet remembered that Michelle had done the exact same thing in 2008, offering soon-to-be former First Lady Laura Bush a gift as the Bushes greeted the Obamas:
Yet this is not the first time that Michelle Obama has “rewritten” a story to fit a narrative that she was trying to push.
In 2014, Michelle opened up to People Magazine where she recounted instances of personal racism that she and Barack had faced during the course of their lives. For her husband, it was stories of how he could not catch a cab in Chicago, but for herself, her horror story of racism involves somebody in a Target asking her to get something off of the top shelf:
“I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”
It’s interesting, and thanks to Breitbart for pointing this out, that she also told this story in a very different light, two years earlier, on the Late Show With David Letterman:
“I have to tell you something about this trip though. No one knew that was me. Because a woman actually walked up to me, right –I was in the detergent aisle– and she said, I kid you not, she said ‘Excuse me, I just have to ask you something.’ And I thought cover’s blown.
She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not. And the only thing she said–I reached up cause she was short–I reached up and pulled it down.
She said ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my interaction.
I felt so good…She had no idea who I was. I thought as soon as she walked up I looked my–I was with my assistant–and I said this is it. It’s over. We’re going to have to leave; she just needed the detergent.”
In 2012, it was an uplifting anecdote of how she was able to come to the aid of somebody in need. Two years later, in 2014, it was suddenly an example of how racist the country was.
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