Breitbart editor Christian Toto called it “jarring.”
“It seemed inappropriate if you’re a film fan or a conservative or both like I am,” Toto tells the News. “She doesn’t have any direct connection to Hollywood, so there’s no real reason to give her the plummest gig of the evening…
Washington Post political blogger Jennifer Rubin was much more blunt.
“It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation,” she wrote in a post flagged by watchdog group Media Matters. “Now the First Lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election).”
…“As if Hanoi Jane wasn’t fuel enough,” Deadline.com founder Nikki Finke wrote on her site’s live blog during the awards, referring to the appearance by former anti-Vietnam activist Jane Fonda. “Oh My God — the Academy actually fans the fire by drafting First Lady Michelle Obama to help present Best Picture from presumably the White House? So unnecessary and inappropriate to inject so much politics into the Oscars yet again.”
Never mind that cameos have been made in the past by Laura Bush and Ronald Reagan; it’s only wrong when Democrats do it.