First Lady Michelle Obama Not Surprised by Oscars Criticism

Friday, 01 Mar 2013 03:07 PM

By James Hirsen

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First lady Michelle Obama was not surprised that her appearance at the Academy Awards show resulted in controversy and criticism.

Obama was broadcasted via web cast from the White House into Los Angeles’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Though then-first lady Laura Bush made an appearance at the ceremony via webcast in 2002, this year’s occasion marked the first time a first lady actually received the unsealed envelope and announced the winner of the Best Picture category.

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The Internet exploded with questions about whether Obama’s role at the Oscars was appropriate, considering she seemed to just enjoy her moment in the spotlight rather than push a cause.

The first lady appeared unfazed by the widespread commentary on her appearance.

“That’s just the nature of life,” Obama told a correspondent from NBC News. “I mean, we live in a time when there are bloggers and tweeters and 24-hour news and everyone has a voice in this town square, and it’s a big one. That means at any point at a given time, somebody’s not going to like what you do. That’s just the nature of things."

Obama doesn't take the criticism too personally; any public figure has to deal with the same opposition.

“It’s a part of the culture,” she said. “It’s not really about me, I just happen to be in the public eye and along with everybody else in the public eye, you’re subject to conversation, opinion and all that sort of stuff. There’s nothing new about that.”

Obama made the remarks at a Wal-Mart in Springfield, Mo., on the last stop of her tour marking the third anniversary of her “Let’s Move” anti-childhood obesity campaign.

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After touring the Wal-Mart store, the first lady unexpectedly made positive comments about the giant retailer, which has been demonized by labor organizations.

“They are seeing increases in customer satisfaction and they haven’t lost an ounce of business, they’ve seen profits go up but they’re doing the hard work,” stated Obama. “They’re living proof that you can do what’s good for families and also what’s good for the bottom line.”

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