Why did Michelle Obama roll her eyes during the inauguration?

One lip reader says the first lady was angry at a comment House Speaker John Boehner made about her reaction to her husband's smoking habit.

Did the first lady really roll her eyes at House Speaker John Boehner on inauguration day? It was a fleeting few seconds, and there's a good chance you might have missed it if you weren't paying strict attention to luncheon that followed President Barack Obama’s official swearing-in on Monday. But thanks to the Internet, millions of Americans got to watch the slow-mow'ed video over and over again as they tried to decipher the meaning of her gesture – if any existed.

To find a motive for Ms. Obama's ocular antics, "Inside Edition" enlisted the help of a lip reader, who says the interaction went down like this: The Speaker — an avid smoker — asked the President — a longtime smoker who claims to have kicked the habit — if he had smoked a cigarette before lunch.

Presumably, the commander in chief said no, because "Inside Edition’s" lip reader, Larry Wenig, told the show that Boehner then quipped, “Somebody [Michelle] won’t let you do it," which supposedly elicited the less-than-friendly sideways glance from the first lady.

But not so fast. According to other sources, Inside Edition's Wenig is simply blowing smoke himself. The Daily Mail reached out to three lip readers who all said separately that it was too difficult to read what was said between Mr. Obama, Ms. Obama and Mr. Boehner.

After the incident, The Hill contacted the Boehner camp, who also denied the interaction Wenig described. "This is not true," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said of Wenig's assertion.

We’ll probably never know what was really said, or what any of the participants were thinking during those few brief seconds. Who knows? Maybe the first lady just had something in her eye.

 

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