Did You Wonder Why They Were There?

Who else was puzzled by the lack of acknowledgement by the First Lady and the Hollywood elite of those military personnel standing behind her during the Oscars last night?

As you watched the 2013 Oscars presentation, and First Lady Michelle Obama appeared to present the award for Best Picture, did you notice the fine young men and women from the military services who stood behind her during her short live remarks and presentation?  

Did you anticipate acknowledgement of their service? Did you wonder how the White House and Hollywood were planning to include, incorporate, or honor those young people resplendent in their parade dresss uniforms?

So did I.

Now I know the Obamas receive a lot of criticism from those who do not agree with them politically, socially, economically, etc. Some of the criticism is silly and over-the-top; some of it is valid as well.

But it's performances like last night that get people talking about the Obamas, their priorities and values.

As Michelle appeared live from Washington, D.C. to the Hollywood elite, many of whom contributed significantly to the president's re-election, she spoke about overcoming obstacles, courage, the importance of art to young people, and "that vitally important work" being done in Hollywood ...

Seriously ... Their "vitally important work" ...

(View the entire segment here.)

But never once was the presence of those young people in uniform acknowledged, their service recognized.

It appeared that those courageous young people in their sharp, well-appointed dress uniforms were there simply as drapery.

Did you notice?

What's wrong with that picture?

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EP March 02, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Laura Bush appeared at the 2002 Oscars, so perhaps it's something First Ladies do?
Mike Shortall Sr March 02, 2013 at 09:11 PM
If this was directed at me ... I did not have a problem with The First Lady actually doing the presentation, aside from the fact that she called Hollywood's work "vitally important ..." I only cared about the military slight.
Mike Shortall Sr March 02, 2013 at 09:13 PM
I fail to see where I was "worked up" or suggesting it was "diabolical". I think, as Jane illustrates quite nicely, that it have been those who don't agree with my making the observation are the ones getting worked up. As you mentioned, I think it would have been "nice" to acknowledge their presence as a minimum, given the obvious intent of having them in the picture as background.
Adrian Seltzer March 04, 2013 at 05:07 PM
You do realize that presenters are under time restraints too. The fact that they were there at all says something positive.
Mike Shortall Sr March 04, 2013 at 09:15 PM
And how much of The First Lady's allotted time did it take to laud the "vitally important work" done in Hollywood? The military personnel there had been on duty for most of that night at a White House dinner for attendees at the Governor's Conference. I get that it was an honor to be at The White House. I simply question what was the point of them being quite obviously included as background to Michelle Obama;s presentation without a nod, a gesture, or a kind word for their service. But at least we got a shout out for Hollywood's "vitally important work", which probably took all of 5 seconds to utter!


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