Oscar 2013: Michelle Obama Defends Appearance

When the First Lady Michelle Obama made her surprise appearance at the Oscars show, presenting Argo with the best picture prize, criticism came fast. Conservative media gurus and other detractors lamented the mix of Hollywood and politics.

“That’s the nature of life,” the first lady told NBC’s Today show in an interview that aired just days after the show. “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. And it’s good–overall, it’s good –but that means that at any point and given time, somebody’s not gonna like what you do. That’s just the nature of


Today interviewed Obama on Thursday in Springfield, Mo., during the last leg of a tour promoting her “Let’s Move!” campaign to combat childhood obesity.

Her Oscar cameo, broadcast from the White House, was arranged by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and intentionally kept off the show’s run sheets so it wouldn’t leak. After the fact, producer Craig Zadan said that when it was pitched to the first lady, her response was: “Yes, I think it’s a great idea. We watch movies all the time at the White House. Let’s do it.”