First Lady Michelle Obama “Absolutely Not Surprised” by Right Wing Freak-Out Over Oscar Appearance

Michelle Obama Oscar appearance controversy

First Lady Michelle Obama “Absolutely Not Surprised” by Right Wing Freak-Out Over Oscar Appearance (Photo credit: White House)

The right wing freak-out over First Lady Michelle Obama appearing at the Oscars to present the Best Picture award to “Argo” didn’t surprise her. It was laughable at best, since Laura Bush, also appeared on an Oscar telecast in 2002 on videotape. Mrs. Obama said it was “absolutely not surprising” that her satellite appearance provoked a national conversation, with some right wingers accusing her of selfishly crashing the event. She attributed the chatter to a culture shift that has spawned legions of bloggers, tweeters and others who talk about anything and everything all the time.

“Shoot, my bangs set off a national conversation. My shoes can set off a national conversation. That’s just sort of where we are. We’ve got a lot of talking going on,” the first lady said only somewhat jokingly Thursday before an appearance in Chicago, her hometown. “It’s like everybody’s kitchen-table conversation is now accessible to everybody else so there’s a national conversation about anything.” Source

This is much ado about nothing, but as usual, the right wing blogosphere went nuts just because it involved Michelle Obama and she should know her place, like a good negro. It was okay for Laura Bush to do it, but no, Michelle Obama is ever the First Lady with selfish motivations whenever she shows her face in public and on television. As far as the right wing is concerned she should neither be seen or heard.

White House Ditches Anti-Beyoncé Petition Over Inauguration Performance Due to Pepsico Deal

Laurie David White House petition against Beyoncé

White House Removes Petition Calling for Beyoncé to be Disinvited from Inauguration Due to Pepsi Deal

The White House has removed a petition calling for Beyoncé to be disinvited from the inauguration due to her multi-million PepsiCo deal.

The petition received 500 signatures after being posted on Jan. 14, and became unavailable for signing the next day, with a message posted on We the People that reads “The petition you are trying to access has been removed from the site under our Moderation Policy because it is in violation of our Terms of Participation.”

But while the Presidential Inaugural Committee said that President Obama participated in selecting those chosen for his ceremony, White House spokesman Shin Inouye told Obama Foodorama that the petition was removed not due to any controversy, but simply because Beyoncé’s Inaugural performance is “not something the White House actually has jurisdiction over.”


The petition to get Beyoncé “disinvited” was created by Laurie David, a longtime environmental activist and the producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” as well as the author of a book about the importance of family meals.  David wrote Huffington Post editorial on the subject asking for petition signatures, titled “Why Beyoncé is the wrong star for the Star-Spangled Banner.” Source: Obama Foodorama

Personally, I think the inaugural committee could have had a far more credible entertainer than Beyoncé. It seems that all the heavy-hitters (Obama supporters) in the entertainment world are missing from prominent slots — Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, etc.  It does smack of hypocrisy to have her playing such a prominent role, while her PepsiCo deal is contrary to First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood obesity program. The White House just can’t pull a petition and give a flimsy reason why. Um, this was really because this was about someone the First Lady considers a friend.