I only watched for a couple of hours, because I had been at a music rehearsal for a theater production I’m doing until 9:30. 11:30 rolled around, and they still weren’t done, so I decided to give up and go to bed. I’m glad I did, because they had a “surprise” and had Moochelle Obama appear to present the Best Picture nominees, and then the award. I’d have hated to go to be with that image in my head. Why do the president and first lady feel like they need to insert themselves into sporting and media events? Sure, Harvey Weinstein asked her, but couldn’t she just have said no, it’s not really proper Don’t we see enough of them already? No, of course she couldn’t. It’s as though they feel that they are celebrities themselves, which to me is unseemly and not befitting their roles as leader of the executive branch of government and his spouse. They’re not celebrities; they’re public servants – or at least they’re supposed to be.
I like MOTUS’s take on the Mooch’s appearance: Beam Me Up, Jim
It was the average too-long, unfunny, over-produced Academy Awards TV show and then, after suffering through the 10-hour (well, it seemed like it) show, there was the first lady. In a ball gown. With military service personnel in dress uniform behind her.
Michelle Obama, with service members behind her, announcing the winner of the Best Picture Academy Award (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)
She declared of the Best Picture nominees, “They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage within ourselves.” Alas, none of the films nor her aides reminded her to mention the military, not those personnel behind her nor those serving overseas, an odd omission for the White House that nevertheless was pleased to have them arrayed behind her like, well, set decoration.
She did have time to give a crumb to the gay community, applauding the movies that inspire us ”no matter who we are or what we look like or who we love,” adding that “they are especially important for our young people.” (Except when they contain gruesome violence, traffic in stereotypes or use gratuitous profanity, I guess.) Real heroes, such as our servicemen and servicewomen, inspire us, too, I would think.
It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation. Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election). I’m sure the left will holler that once again conservatives are being grouchy and have it in for the Obamas. Seriously, if they really had their president’s interests at heart, they’d steer away from encouraging these celebrity appearances. It makes both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping. In this case, it was just downright weird.
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