I feel like that’s the message people have for Michelle Obama lately. Not tonight honey, I have a headache. You were amusing for a while, but now you’re just getting obnoxious.
It certainly seems that way when you start looking at the reaction of liberals to Michelle Obama’s appearance at the Oscar’s.
“To me, that was intrusive versus additive, and, you know, at that moment, just, I’m talking as a viewer now, and as a Democrat, I was like, huh?”
– Donny Deutsch
“As if Hanoi Jane wasn’t fuel enough. 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.”
– Nikki Finke
“OK that’s kinda weird. Michelle Obama helping to present Best Picture?”
“Question from this card-carrying liberal: if Mitt Romney had won in 2012, would the Academy have invited Ann to present Best Picture?”
– Richard Roeper
“When Michelle Obama was introduced by Jack Nicholson most of the reporters in the media room groaned….loudly.”
– Steven Gregory
Even CNN was questioning whether Michelle Obama had “jumped the shark” by being a presenter at the Oscars.
Sure, Michelle still has a very high approval rating on paper, but the media appears to be tiring of her over-saturation in the media. Big Bird, Rachel Ray, dancing with Jimmy Fallon, wearing a $9,000 dress to appear on video at the Oscar’s, Dr. Oz, and that’s just the most recent appearances.
It’s not just Americans that are getting sick of her either, Iran appears to have had it with her…or her clothing choices at least. They actually photoshopped her $9,000 dress to cover up her chest and upper arms which, supposedly, are one of her most appealing physical attributes.
And David Cameron wants the President to leave Michelle at home during the next G8 summit (okay, he actually wants all the leaders to leave their significant others at home, but I bet it’s mostly to get Michelle to stay in America).
Michelle might want to watch it, people seem to have had enough of the celebrity act. She’s not a politician, as the CNN panel pointed out, but she’s not royalty and she’s not a celebrity and she’s no Jackie O.
Maybe we wouldn’t be so annoyed with her if she was actually going on TV shows to talk about something of substance, CNN host, Carol Costello, speculated that it would be better if she spent some time talking about actual issues:
“Instead of all those cameos, she might champion some grittier political issues like the deficit, gun control or the pressing need for bipartisanship…”
Then again, it might not help. Michelle Obama seems to say even more unintelligent things when she’s talking about actual policy, such as saying that Hadiya Pendleton was killed by “some kids [that] had some automatic weapons they didn’t need”. Pendleton was actually killed by a handgun, but I suppose when your husband’s administration has demonization of firearms on the brain, little things like “facts” don’t matter much.
Michelle dancing with Jimmy Fallon and discussing her hair with Rachel Ray may be more vapid than necessary, but it’s probably safer for her reputation than actual discussion of policy at this point. Though I think I speak for quite a large number of people, here and abroad, when I say that she should probably just stop doing both.