Washington, Nov 11 Michelle Obama hosted Melania Trump at the White House and gave the incoming First Lady a tour of the residential part of the building which would be her home for the next four years.
The press was not allowed to cover this visit. This is in the contrast to 2008 when the then outgoing president George W Bush and his wife Laura had eagerly greeted the Obamas on the South Lawn of White House and the press was allowed to cover it.
White House however, later released the photo graphs of Michelle Obama and Melania Trump talking.
Melania Trump visited the White House along with her husband President elect Donald Trump. The couple had entered the White House through a private entrance on the south side of the building. The couple had left the White House through the same way.
"The First Lady hosted Trump at the private residence of the White House for some tea and a tour of the private residence. Part of that tour included stepping out onto the Truman Balcony," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.
"I think all of you have heard both the President and the First Lady talking about the quality time that they have spent on the Truman Balcony and Obama took the opportunity to show it off to Trump," he said.
There was also an opportunity for the two women to walk through the State Floor of the White House with its curator Bill Allman, who is considered as a walking encyclopedia of the presidential residence.
Michelle also discussed the experience of raising kids at the White House with Melania. "The First Lady's two daughters spent the formative years of their childhood here at the White House and Trump's son will also spend some important years of his childhood here. That's a rather a unique childhood. The two of them had an opportunity to talk about that experience and being a good parent from that experience," Earnest said.
"Then after their tour concluded, the First Lady and Trump walked over to the Oval Office, and the two couples visited again before they departed," he said.
"Michelle has talked before publicly about the stresses and anxieties of moving to a new place, living inside a fishbowl, living inside a museum, and raising your family there," he said.
"I am sure that Melania is feeling many of those same anxieties as she prepares to move herself and her family into the White House. So, the courtesy that Obama extended is rooted in her own experience of going through this difficult transition," Earnest said.