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Norm Coleman on Michelle Obama's Oscars appearance: Obamas "owe Hollywood so much"

Coleman thinks Michelle's Oscars appearance was some sort of quid pro quo for Hollywood's efforts to elect her husband.
Coleman thinks Michelle's Oscars appearance was some sort of quid pro quo for Hollywood's efforts to elect her husband.
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Norm Coleman has had some surprisingly nice things to say about President Obama lately, but he's still a Republican, and he couldn't resist the urge to take a shot at the first lady during an appearance yesterday on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show.

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Asked what he thought about Michelle Obama's live-via-satellite presentation of the Academy Awards' best picture award, Coleman said: "The fact is that the president and the first lady owed Hollywood so much, Wolf, so much. For her to go on, I'm sure that everyone was very very happy."

But then, in classically passive-aggressive fashion, Coleman quickly added: "I'm not going to criticize the first lady, she's very very popular, and I'll leave it at that." (You can watch the footage here.)

Colemans's subtle criticism echoes remarks made by other prominent conservatives, including the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin, who had this to say:

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.

Likewise, Bill O'Reilly characterized Michelle's appearance as "Hollywood left boosterism" and "propaganda to make [the Obamas look] glamorous."

O'Reilly said Laura Bush -- who was featured in a video package that ran during the 2002 Oscars -- "would never at any time have introduced any award."

Seriously people, does everything have to spun into a political controversy?


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