First lady Michelle Obama made headlines for her body language at the president's Inauguration Day luncheon in the Capitol Building on Monday, after her husband was sworn in for his second term as president.
Video showed her rolling her eyes, which seemed to come as House Speaker John Boehner was speaking to her husband, and it made the Internet rounds, setting off a firestorm of animated image GIFs, tweets and even a Tumblr blog page
dedicated to the exchange.
Boehner was seated to Michelle Obama's left. At one point during the luncheon, the president leaned behind the first lady to talk with the speaker. When Boehner replied, he tapped Michelle Obama as if to see if she agreed with his response. Subsequently, Boehner appeared to crack a joke.
The president laughed at whatever Boehner said, but the comment made his wife pause from her lunch and visibly shake her head and roll her eyes.
The brief moment was interrupted when Sen. Chuck Schumer had everyone join in a round of applause for the chef and caterer.
The exchange is inaudible in the video clip, leaving viewers to speculate that Obama's reaction could have been political. In addition, the relationship between the president and the speaker has been sufficiently scrutinized, especially recently, in light of issues such as the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling.
But others believe it was simply a joke between the two, with the president's wife reacting to the innocuous banter between her husband and Boehner. You be the judge:
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