Michelle Obama as an Oscar presenter - Your thoughts?
There has been a flurry of criticism from the right, as would be expected, and surprisingly also from some in the left, on the First Lady's appearance as a presenter for the Best Film Oscar. What are your feelings on the matter? Is it over reaching on the Obama's administration part? Is there no big deal at all? Your thoughts...
I think she is a beautiful respectable woman. She can do anything that she wants to do and has the right to do. I love how she is working hard on the topic of obesity and eating healthy.Some people are saying that she is getting too much out there, as if she is almost more like a celebrity, though. There is so much potential in this woman. After seeing all of the criticisms, though, I must confess, I feel a little bit uncomfortable about writing my hub about her hairstyle the other day. Most of what I said is positive, but still I feel a little uncomfortable about everything that's going on with her.
She is the First Lady. Not the First Lady on the Left. Anyone complaining has absolutely no class and no respect.
Michelle has more brains and beauty than the entire mass of people complaining about her combined.
Perhaps I'm in a minority but I feel whomever is America's First Lady should maintain a certain decorum that comes with that position (after all, a First Lady is often the person who is America's ambassador/representative to other countries) -- and that certainly is not the case now or has it been with other First Ladies in the past. It seems to me that this administration, particularly, has become as much of the entertainment world as they are the most high profile members of our government -- which the Kennedys' also ascribed to. The first family of this country is watched by the whole world and reported on by the world press -- I'd personally prefer First Ladies present themselves more in keeping with their honored position in American government than as a pawn at the entertainment industry's beck and call and a tool to enhance viewer ratings. And. . . yes, I know I'm way behind the times and my opinion is old-fashioned and out-of-date!
President Reagan's wife was an actress. Michelle Obama is a lawyer. Which profession is more "respectable" in your eyes?
I don't see where the word "respectabiiity" was part of the question.
Is our president and his family focused on what is occurring in our country or putting their face in the entertainment world?
Why should the president's family be focused on the country? He's the president, not them. They aren't getting paid for the job.
Sorry, I'm just used to the President's wives helping their husbands and actually helping us out. He might be making the money, but wives always see a good portion of it. Just like my mother handled half the money and I deal with all of it.
Old-they are getting all the perks:Secret Service, free vacations, the best airfare out there, so yes they need to act like respectable people, but alas they do not. Well hopefully there will be a USA when he gets out of office.
My thoughts are: I don't care. We live in a movie culture where films and tv are as effective in our society as money or democracy or anything else that this country holds valuable. Movies and tv are how the people in charge communicate to the masses. So it makes sense that she would do this. I never saw people complain about first ladies doing this sort of thing in the past. Jackie Kennedy once did a whole tv show where she gave a tour of the decor of the White House. No one complained.
It's sometimes hard to think that there was a time in our country where the American people only ever saw the president in newspaper photos. Heck, FDR got elected and people didn't even know he was in a wheelchair. But as times change, so must the role of the first family. Barack Obama was elected in a time where cell phones and the internet were the norm, and so they had a unique opportunity to change the image of a president from a stuffy old guy into someone who actually understood what was going on in our modern culture. Movies and television are such a huge part of our economy that a president should honor them. Some people will still say it's a waste of time, but ultimately the first family is still human, and who wouldn't want to do something like this?
She did good and she got that fierce, red carpet look! Go Mama Obama!
There's nothing wrong with her presenting at the Oscars - she's taking part in something that has been a staple in American culture for decades. It's nice to see the First Family interacting with the American population in a variety of ways. You don't want someone who sticks their nose up and never leaves the White House except for political events. Hell, the Queen of England did a skit with James Bond for the Olympics. Come on!
Not to mention, Laura Bush, Ronald Reagan, and FDR all did stuff for the Oscars. So it isn't as if she's the first to do it.
I see no big deal at all. She is the wife of the President and has her own interests (as any person, married to the President or not should). It's not as if the President went to the Oscars to present during a war. She did a good job via satellite and maintained the standards of propriety in every way. She is quite gracious, warm, intelligent, and bubbly. These are some things that lend themselves to the task.
This first family has taken more vacations, has been on more talk shows, has done more fiddle faddling around on our tax dollar than any other first family...a six week vacation to Hawaii? Now if the head of the household would actually do some work and not be a bully and a tyranant then maybe we would get somewhere, but unfortuately there are to many people inthralled with the black Kennedy's that they don't care about the real work that needs to be done.
Who cares really?
A bunch of people with more power and money than me patting each other on the back.
I doubt she bullied her way in. If she asked, of course they would include her. But in the end it doesn't matter. She is married to the president, not the president himself.
I do respect her, and her ideas do carry weight. It just doesn't matter, really.
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