Patterico's Pontifications

2/24/2013

Michelle Obama Surprise Appearance at the Oscars

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:19 pm

Ace says it best:

Dan Riehl pointed out that Reagan addressed the Oscars while President.* So it’s not like this sort of thing is unprecedented.

But the thing is, I liked him. And, more relevant to Ace’s point: they didn’t.

So you’ll permit me to be totally disgusted.

*Well, he was scheduled to address the audience on March 30, 1981, in a pre-taped segment. John Hinckley tried to kill him on that day, and it’s not clear to me whether the taped segment was actually shown or not.

UPDATE: Apparently the ceremony was postponed for a day, which only seems appropriate.

62 Comments

  1. So when Hollywood gives Democrats that kind of culture exposure, how do we fight that?

    Comment by Patterico (9c670f) — 2/24/2013 @ 9:20 pm

  2. For fun, refresh the post while watching the embedded tweet, and watch the number of retweets jump.

    Comment by Patterico (9c670f) — 2/24/2013 @ 9:25 pm

  3. The military props were a cute touch.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/24/2013 @ 9:34 pm

  4. Reagan was also a voting member of the academy, a member of the screen actors guild, starred in movies nominated for an Oscar, worked with oscar winners and nominees, President of the screen actors , starred in a oscar nominated movie for best picture, so he more than wasan honored guest he represented the best in Hollywood

    Michelle ws there to represent the worst

    Comment by EPWJ (bdd0a6) — 2/24/2013 @ 9:49 pm

  5. I hate big butts.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 2/24/2013 @ 10:22 pm

  6. Why would our so called first lady even associate with Hollywood? How degrading for us.
    People wake up… The Obamas are fame whores!
    So sad for Americans.

    The Oscars was Hollywood until she came on.

    Comment by Sophia (a7f192) — 2/24/2013 @ 10:33 pm

  7. Just in case, you were wondering;

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michelle-obama-at-oscars-harvey-424146

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/24/2013 @ 10:46 pm

  8. If they’re giving away prizes wouldn’t it be more of surprise if an Obama didn’t show up?

    Comment by Steve57 (60a887) — 2/24/2013 @ 11:51 pm

  9. Reagan also flipped the coin (from the WH) for Superbowl XIX, which was held on Inauguration Day, 1985. Video

    Of course, he also played George Gipp, played football in college, and was a professional sports announcer….

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 2/25/2013 @ 12:02 am

  10. At least they didn’t give Obama an Oscar like they did Al Gore.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 2/25/2013 @ 12:03 am

  11. Wasn’t Barack Obama nominated for best supporting role in an ongoing comedic melodrama?

    And, I heard Michelle was being considered for the lead in an upcoming remake of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

    Comment by ropelight (6c782c) — 2/25/2013 @ 5:25 am

  12. It’s just another day in two Americas.

    The people who loved the surprise Michelle presentarion are all oh googly woo and goose pimply reveling in awe at the total unexpected awesomeness of it.

    The rest of us just beg for mercy and plead for even momentary relief from these Hollywood and White House propagandists and grifters.

    Comment by elissa (5e0fec) — 2/25/2013 @ 6:25 am

  13. It’s the flip side of this;

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/02/the_tyrant_in_your_television.html

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/25/2013 @ 6:32 am

  14. She’s running.

    Comment by AZ Bob (c11d35) — 2/25/2013 @ 6:54 am

  15. As if Hanoi Jane wasn’t fuel enough. Oh My God – the Academy actually fans the fire by drafting First Lady Michelle Obama to help present Best Picture from presumably the White House? So unnecessary and inappropriate to inject so much politics into the Oscars yet again. Hollywood will get pilloried by conservative pundits for arranging this payoff for all the campaign donations it gave the President’s reelection campaign. I don’t understand this very obvious attempt to infuriate right-leaning audiences. Clearly the studios only want to sell their movies to only half of America.–Nikki Finke

    Comment by elissa (20ddf6) — 2/25/2013 @ 6:55 am

  16. I didn’t see it, but are we s’posed to be gushing about how absolutely amazing the First Lady looked in her clearly Hollywood-ready gown? I mean, we wouldn’t want to be raaaacist by saying anything less.

    Comment by The Dana wondering about the protocol (3e4784) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:00 am

  17. She’s running.

    Comment by AZ Bob (c11d35) — 2/25/2013 @ 6:54 am

    Yeah let her ‘splain away the 6 figure raise, the no show job, the travel, etc and then there’s Hillary

    Comment by EPWJ (1ea63e) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:09 am

  18. The people who loved the surprise Michelle presentarion are all oh googly woo and goose pimply reveling in awe at the total unexpected awesomeness of it.

    The rest of us just beg for mercy and plead for even momentary relief from these Hollywood and White House propagandists and grifters.

    Why all the sour grapes?

    Comment by Perry (329aa5) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:16 am

  19. It’s all getting very Hunger Gamesish, when do the ‘reapings’ begin,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:20 am

  20. 18. I’ll give her this, she married down, a couple notches.

    ‘A girl just wants to have fun.’

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:21 am

  21. Why isn’t anyone asking who paid for this appearance? Surely the Academy didn’t foot the bill, did they??

    Comment by Carole (127368) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:36 am

  22. Never watch the Oscars anyway. Those folks have big enough egos as it is.

    Comment by mojo (8096f2) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:45 am

  23. carol the cackling news crone on cnn thinks m’chelle should’ve skipped the oscars and gone to chicago to work towards more gun control

    but what she’s missing is that m’chelle has oprah penis envy I think

    Comment by happyfeet (acd614) — 2/25/2013 @ 7:48 am

  24. FWIW, Reagan was an actor you know …. just saying.

    Comment by Rodney King's Spirit (951136) — 2/25/2013 @ 8:06 am

  25. Side Note: Ben Affleck refused to thank the USA or CIA for his film.

    Comment by Rodney King's Spirit (951136) — 2/25/2013 @ 8:07 am

  26. And the pro-CIA (Zero Dark) film got shafted for Argo.

    No shocker idiot Jimmy Carter had final word on Argo where he be-clowned himself by saying how proud he was the ordeal ended peacefully.

    Still can’t believe imbecile was quoted there.

    Comment by Rodney King's Spirit (951136) — 2/25/2013 @ 8:09 am

  27. Even though they filmed in Hillary’s state department,

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/25/2013 @ 8:11 am

  28. I hate to tell you this. But I think the Obamas have it figured out.

    We conservatives have this 18th century notion that choosing a President is about wise governing.

    The Obamas have discerned the fact that in the 21st century a presidential election is an American Idol contest.

    And to do well you have to be able to give a really good answer to the kinds of questions the moderator asks Miss America.

    Comment by Steve57 (60a887) — 2/25/2013 @ 8:20 am

  29. 28. MD linked David Horowitz at Poweline with Scott Johnson wrapper on the very subject in another thread.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 2/25/2013 @ 8:30 am

  30. No shocker idiot Jimmy Carter had final word on Argo where he be-clowned himself by saying how proud he was the ordeal ended peacefully.

    Still can’t believe imbecile was quoted there.

    Given the way the movie’s beginning had all the CIA people sounding like Daniel Ortega in their distaste for the Shah and support of the noble Iranian people, that the producers would quote Carter at the end is unsurprising. As unsurprising as their overlooking of the Desert One disaster, which was the end of the (violent) rescue attempt that the administration preferred.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 2/25/2013 @ 10:41 am

  31. I wish that someone would make a movie about Desert One and Carter’s control-freak “hands-on” direction of that cock-up. Preferably before Carter dies.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 2/25/2013 @ 10:44 am

  32. I usually hate the “imagine if a republican did that” line of reasoning. At best it’s whiny and at worst it’s delusional and self-pitying. But if Laura bush had come forward to present the award for a movie that showed torture in a positive light I really do think there would have been a different reaction.
    Great, now I’m doing it. Next thing you know I’ll be crying about how things just aren’t as good as they used to be and that the ‘elites’ are picking on me because I don’t live in New York.

    Comment by time123 (066362) — 2/25/2013 @ 11:45 am

  33. Comment by Steve57 (60a887) — 2/25/2013 @ 8:20 am

    True enough. Obama won by finding about 2 million voters who don’t usually vote and convincing them to put down the bong and go vote … and then explaining what “voting” is.

    This is what the propaganda is about. They are like the Perons, gods of the rabble. And it’s working.

    Comment by Patricia (be0117) — 2/25/2013 @ 11:48 am

  34. What’s weird is that a film about the ‘gutsy’ call got snubbed entirely, because they didn’t say may I.

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/25/2013 @ 11:50 am

  35. Kevin M wrote:

    I wish that someone would make a movie about Desert One and Carter’s control-freak “hands-on” direction of that cock-up. Preferably before Carter dies.

    At least President Carter acknowledged his responsibility for tat one, and was present and accounted for when it was happening. Apparently, our current President chose not to be in contact with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff during the Bengazi attacks.

    President Obama’s greatest accomplishment is to have elevated former President Carter to only second worst in my lifetime; I didn’t think that could ever be done.

    As for President Obama being the worst President in my lifetime, that’s a record as untouchable as Johnny Vander Meer’s.

    Comment by The historian Dana (3e4784) — 2/25/2013 @ 12:02 pm

  36. Well, looky here;

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/02/25/Ben-Affleck-and-George-Clooney-s-Argo-Bagged-6-21-Million-In-Taxpayer-Money?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BreitbartFeed+%28Breitbart+Feed%29

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/25/2013 @ 12:11 pm

  37. Towards the end of the Oscars, I said to myself, I can’t believe nothing has been mentioned by Liberal Hollywood about our beloved President, when, to my amazement, Jack Nicholson introduces Michelle Obama. Too bad, the show was going just fine until then. Her & hubby just can’t stay away from the camera. They should have been actors.

    Comment by Janet E. (9d3d23) — 2/25/2013 @ 3:15 pm

  38. They are, it’s just that the writers are having a tough time keeping the script up-to-date.

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 2/25/2013 @ 3:42 pm

  39. that Reagan addressed the Oscars while President.* So it’s not like this sort of thing is unprecedented.

    Reagan was a member of the Academy as well as a former president of the Screen Actors’ Guild. Seems more appropriate, no?

    Comment by furious_a (3a3354) — 2/25/2013 @ 10:05 pm

  40. Janet E wrote:

    Towards the end of the Oscars, I said to myself, I can’t believe nothing has been mentioned by Liberal Hollywood about our beloved President, when, to my amazement, Jack Nicholson introduces Michelle Obama. Too bad, the show was going just fine until then. Her & hubby just can’t stay away from the camera. They should have been actors.

    According to WaPo:

    It’s easy to see why the White House jumped when Oscar producers came calling. The billion-viewer platform was surely irresistible; Republicans have used it, too, when offered the chance. Ronald Reagan taped a message to the Oscars in 1981. Laura Bush had a cameo in an Oscar-telecast video in 2002.

    If the Obamas are involved in anything, the Right is hypercritical. We’ve come to expect it.

    Comment by Perry (329aa5) — 2/26/2013 @ 12:42 pm

  41. Michelle wasn’t using the “billion-viewer platform” to any real affect she’s just kind of an attention whore with a lot of free time on her hands

    Comment by happyfeet (4bf7c2) — 2/26/2013 @ 12:45 pm

  42. Plus this gave her an excuse to buy another expensive new dress that shows off her arms, Mr. Feets. Conversely, new dresses are always an incentive for we ladies to keep our arms all toned.

    Perry– we know you just like to drop in with your talking points and don’t really bother to read anybody else’s comments. But geez, the comment directly above yours addressed Reagan and why his Oscar appearance was quite a bit different in nature and more substantive than Michelle’s celebrity cameo.

    Comment by elissa (eb42c2) — 2/26/2013 @ 1:09 pm

  43. she looked like a disco ball with bangs

    Comment by happyfeet (4bf7c2) — 2/26/2013 @ 1:15 pm

  44. elissa says:

    Perry– we know you just like to drop in with your talking points and don’t really bother to read anybody else’s comments. But geez, the comment directly above yours addressed Reagan and why his Oscar appearance was quite a bit different in nature and more substantive than Michelle’s celebrity cameo.

    Mine are talking points and yours are not, correct elissa? Now I get it.

    The uncalled for insults of our First Lady says more about you creeps than it does about her!

    Comment by Perry (329aa5) — 2/26/2013 @ 1:26 pm

  45. Perry liked the use of the military as stage props too.

    Comment by JD (b80f73) — 2/26/2013 @ 1:45 pm

  46. attaboy Perry– wander around in the forest a little longer. There is no talking point you can possibly post that justifies any reason whatsoever for any Obama to have been on the Oscars other than as a crass “repayment” for the massively large campaign contributions from Hollywood–and that’s not a talking point you’re willing to write, is it?

    BTW, I love the look of Michelle’s arms and have been striving to achieve similar toning. So there, smarty pants.

    Comment by elissa (eb42c2) — 2/26/2013 @ 1:45 pm

  47. Right elissa, RR and Laura Bush were both involved with the Oscars, but that’s OK, right?

    Now let’s move on to something really important, if possible, instead of all this mockery and negativism toward a very popular and respected individual, even by many Republicans.

    Comment by Perry (329aa5) — 2/26/2013 @ 2:06 pm

  48. Still didn’t read the other comments, didja, Perry? It shows.

    OK, here, I’ll help you out. Ronald Reagan was an actor, a member of the Academy as well as a former president of the Screen Actors’ Guild union. Seems more appropriate, no? Like there was an actual and lengthy connection between him and the Hollywood film industry. Get it now?

    Comment by elissa (eb42c2) — 2/26/2013 @ 2:12 pm

  49. Heck they have plenty of jobs;

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/fracking-waiting-new-york-article-1.1273825?localLinksEnabled=false

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/26/2013 @ 2:12 pm

  50. http://danaloeschradio.com/no-left-laura-bush-did-not-present-at-the-oscars/

    Turns out Perry’s SQUIRREL talking points aren’t really accurate. I know, you are shocked.

    Comment by JD (b80f73) — 2/26/2013 @ 2:18 pm

  51. she needs to keep her ass off the teevee unless she has something for reals important to say I think

    you know who’s really good about that sort of thing these days is bosomy Latin starlet charo

    Before she gained national fame on talk shows in 1975, bosomy Latin starlet Charo was ‘recognized’ by 57 percent of Levitt’s national television sample and had a ‘popularity quotient’ of 9 percent. Today, known by 80 percent, a figure as high as Clint Eastwood’s 80 percent, Charo’s popularity is 8 percent. ‘If she was known by 100 percent of the world, chances are her popularity might go down to 7 or 6 percent’, Levitt says coolly. That paradox makes some performers think twice when invitations to talk shows come in.*

    you have to manage your exposure to where people don’t get sick of you, and when you’re vapid and fascist like Mrs. Food Stamp and you don’t have a lot to say, that really limits how much time and attention people are gonna be willing to give you

    Comment by happyfeet (4bf7c2) — 2/26/2013 @ 2:18 pm

  52. Perry – Do you believe that a less than 10 second cameo by Laura Bush talking about the movie Giant in a four minute short film composed of a myriad of other cameos is somehow comparable to Michelle Obama presenting the award for Best Picture?

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 2/26/2013 @ 2:24 pm

  53. From the March 12, 1981 New York times article linked to at the top:

    ”President Reagan was once a member of our industry and it seemed fitting for him to join us,” said Norman Jewison, producer of this year’s show.

    He will not be the first President to make such an address. Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke to an Oscar audience by radio in 1941.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 2/26/2013 @ 4:31 pm

  54. Oscars 2013: Harvey Weinstein & daughter were masterminds of First Lady Michelle Obama’s surprise appearance at the Academy Awards The mission to have the First Lady present the award for Best Picture was kept quiet to most working on the 85th Academy Awards show, even moments before she was broadcast live from the White House during the ceremony and handed the envelope announcing ‘Argo’ as the top movie. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/michelle-obama-oscar-role-top-secret-mission-harvey-weinstein-daugther-article-1.1273328#ixzz2M3Tj2lgz

    by Don Kaplan in the New York Daily News.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 2/26/2013 @ 4:34 pm

  55. Comment by The historian Dana (3e4784) — 2/25/2013 @ 12:02 pm

    President Obama’s greatest accomplishment is to have elevated former President Carter to only second worst in my lifetime; I didn’t think that could ever be done.

    Obama is not the worst, not yet anyway – just the most blatantly political. (for the most part, he sticks to lies about the issues by the way)

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 2/26/2013 @ 4:36 pm

  56. Did you know she said someone was shot because there were “some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need.”

    The flap is about ABC not running it to cover up the lie about automatic weapons.

    But if you look at her language, the kids are passive and it is the guns doing the harm.

    That is strange.

    Comment by AZ Bob (c11d35) — 2/26/2013 @ 8:20 pm

  57. Plus it was “some kids” that had the guns.

    What do you expect when children have guns?

    Comment by AZ Bob (c11d35) — 2/26/2013 @ 8:27 pm

  58. “But if you look at her language, the kids are passive and it is the guns doing the harm.”

    AZ Bob – You have to keep an eye on those guns. If you’re not careful, they’re liable to jump up all by themselves and start spraying bullets around or something is what a liberal gun grabber told me.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 2/26/2013 @ 8:31 pm

  59. 1)Firearms have been illegal in Chicago, since 1982, . . .3), profit.

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/26/2013 @ 8:39 pm

  60. You can’t really blame her for her mistake about the girl being shot with an automatic weapon (it was actually a handgun). I mean, she probably read it on a lefty blog or msnbc so of course she thought it was true.

    Comment by elissa (eb42c2) — 2/26/2013 @ 8:47 pm

  61. Well the AP provided the correction, so i’m not buying that she didn’t know,

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