Last night’s Oscar telecast held a few surprises – Jennifer Laurence winning for Best Actress, Ang Lee for Best Director. But perhaps the biggest surprise came at the end of the show. Presenting the Oscar for Best Picture was perennial front-row man Jack Nicholson, who mentioned that this award was usually read by just one person… then proceeded to announce the First Lady! Appearing via satellite, Mrs. Obama spoke about how film makes our lives better and encourages children to dream. I thought her speech was lovely:
“Welcome to the White House, everyone. I am so honored to help introduce this year’s nominees for Best Picture and to help celebrate the movies that lift our spirits and broaden our minds and transport us to people we have never imagined. This has been an exciting year for movies and I want to congratulate all nominees on their tremendous work. These nine movies took us back in time and all around the world. They made us laugh. They made us weep and made us grip our armrests just a little tighter. They taught us that love can endure against all odds and transform our minds in the most surprising ways. And they reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage to believe in ourselves. “These lessons apply to all of us – no matter who we are or what we look like or who we love, but they are especially important for our young people. Every day, through engagement in the arts, our children learn to open their imagination, to dream just a little bigger, and to strive every day to reach those dreams. And I want to thank all of you here tonight for being part of that vitally important work.” (SOURCE)
When the camera returned to Nicholson, he read the nominees then asked the First Lady if she had her envelope. What a rush it must have been for her to read the name of the winner, Argo (my prediction, BTW). She followed up the performance with a tweet:
It was a thrill to announce the #Oscars2013 best picture winner from the @WhiteHouse! Congratulations Argo! -mo
But it wasn’t a thrill for everyone. As quickly as 15 minutes after the broadcast comments like, “This was surreal. I love Michelle Obama but I really wish she hadn’t done this.” and “Not surprised…all about fame, money, status! Sad!” And those were from the Democrats’ Facebook page! As any of us could have predicted, heads on the right did explode. Some of the ugliness:
- But why was Michelle “Healthy Portions” Obama on The Oscars?
- Next, Michelle Obama will be performing at the Ice House in Pasadena.
- God, Michelle Obama. Good work tonight, bring us to new heights as a country.
- Can’t wait to see Michelle Obama announce the next Powerball winner.
- Starting summer 2013, a video of Michelle Obama will ask if you’d like socks with that at the GAP
- Of course they have to ruin the Oscars with Michelle Obama…
There are many more here, including folks like Michelle Malkin.
and “journalist” Steven Gregory tweeted:
“When Michelle Obama was introduced by Jack Nicholson most of the reporters in the media room groaned….loudly”
I groaned, too. Because I knew we’d see a spate of nasty, mean and horrible comments like these. You know what? I think they are all jealous. Of the First Lady, of Hollywood, of the “liberal elites” that they mock so as to cover up their envy. It may have been because this followed her send-up of mom dancing with Jimmy Fallon, too. Because if our FLOTUS is seen too often, being too human… well, gosh. It’s just so much harder for Limbaugh and his cronies to call her names. Let her enjoy herself and inspire kids in the process. Lay off her, already!
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T. Steelman is a life-long Liberal. She has been writing online about politics since 2007. She lives in Western Washington with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and a small herd of alpacas. How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is, after all, so poorly lit…