Here we go again! Last month, it was the eye-roll seen 'round the world. This month, First Lady Michelle Obama's offense is appearing on the Oscars Sunday night and, worst of all, appearing with military members! Gasp! How horrible! What on earth was the FLOTUS thinking using members of the military as “background,” “decoration,” and even “human wallpaper,” outraged Twitter users squawked!
Here's a wake-up call: She wasn't doing any such thing. In reality -- AKA the whole, wide world outside of the FOX News-y bubble -- Mrs. Obama happened to be multi-tasking that night, and besides presenting the award for Best Picture, she was also hosting the black tie 2013 Governors' Dinner at the White House. At which there were military members present. Who happened to be behind the First Lady. What's the big deal?
Oh, yes, they're also upset because Michelle stood in front of the camera and did not use the opportunity to thank the military. Facepalm. People -- that's NOT what this was about! It was a brief appearance on the Oscars. And the FLOTUS likely had no say in how the shot was set up!
All this whining and moaning about disrespecting the military is just another case of bored -- and, let's be honest, occasionally bigoted -- Obama bashers getting up in arms over whatever ridiculous minutiae they feel like they can latch onto. It's getting sooooo old!
The reality here is that ever since moving into the White House, Michelle Obama has been incredibly supportive of our military. The FLOTUS has worked together with Dr. Jill Biden on Joining Forces, aiming to bolster health care, employment, and educational opportunities for our service members.
That said, those nitpicking, finger-pointing at semantics, and freaking out about Michelle's 30-second appearance on our country's most respected awards show of the year aren't really worried about how the military was portrayed on the Oscars. They're just interested in finding anything they possibly can to rip our First Family. Call me crazy, but that sounds just about the opposite of patriotic.
Did you have a problem with the FLOTUS's Oscars appearance? How about the service members in the background?
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