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.
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,
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. (Continues)