Did you enjoy seeing Michelle Obama surprise Oscars guests at Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony? Well some media types did not appreciate the cameo and had a lot to say on the matter.
Bill O'Reilly harshly criticized Obama's appearance and described her participation as "Hollywood left boosterism" that was aimed as "propaganda to make [the Obamas look] glamorous." He commented on how other first ladies did not participate in the awards in such a way. "Laura Bush would never at any time have introduced any award," he said.
MSNBC's Donny Deutsch appeared on Piers Morgan's show and told the CNN host that he thought Obama was an "uninvited guest." He said that he would have liked to see more Jack Nicholson and did not appreciate what he considered a political moment during a night honoring the best in entertainment. He added that Obama's presence was "intrusive and not additive" to his Oscars-viewing experience. Deutsch claimed again and again that despite being a Democrat, he did not appreciate the first lady's presence.
"I think you have to respect your audience enough to not impose," Deutsch said. "The tone of it - there was almost a monarch quality ... There was an elitest flavor to it ... I just thought it was very, very tone deaf and I'm just surprised they did it."
Obama is not the only first lady to participate in the Academy Awards ceremony, though she is the first one to present an award to nominees. Laura Bush participated in the 2002 Oscars by describing what movies meant to her in a video message. Additionally, two presidents have participated in the Oscars ceremony, including FDR and Ronald Reagan.
Obama's surprise appearance came days after she appeared on Jimmy Fallon's late night talk show, and a few weeks following a sit down with daytime's Rachael Ray. In an interview with NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker, conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin argued that so many appearances caused the first lady to appear overexposed. "There is a sense of going too far and too much and becoming so ubiquitous that people don't consider you something special," Rubin said. "She is the first lady for goodness sakes. She's not just a Hollywood celebrity."
Though Obama's communications director Kristina Schake said the first lady was honored to present an award as "a movie lover," Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon's show as part of a national tour celebrating the third year anniversary of her obesity-fighting campaign, "Let's Move!" The tour includes a stop with Rachel Ray on Feb. 27 that will air on the daytime talk show in mid-March.