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Did you wonder why they were there?

Who else was puzzled by the lack of acknowledgement by the First Lady and the Hollywood elite of those military personnel standing behind her during the Oscars last night?

As you watched the 2013 Oscars presentation, and the First Lady Michelle Obama appeared to present the award for Best Picture, did you notice the fine young men and women from the military services who stood behind her during her short live remarks and presentation?  

Did you anticipate acknowledgement of their service?  Did you wonder how The White House and Hollywood were planning to include, incorporate, or honor those young people resplendent in their parade dresss uniforms?

So did I.

Now I know the Obamas receive a lot of criticism from those who do not agree with them politically, socially, economically, etc.  Some of the criticism is silly and over-the-top; some of it is valid as well.

But it's performances like last night that get people talking about the Obamas, their priorities and values.

As Michelle appeared live from Washington, D.C. to the Hollywood elite, many of whom contributed significantly to The President's re-election, she spoke about overcoming obstacles, courage, the importance of art to young people, and "that vitally important work" being done in Hollywood ...

Seriously ... Their "vitally important work" ...

(View the entire segment here.)

But never once was the presence of those young people in uniform acknowledged, their service recognized.

It appeared that those courageous young people in their sharp, well-appointed dress uniforms were there simply as drapery.

Did you notice?

What's wrong with that picture?

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Mike Shortall Sr February 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM
No, that's OK Joe. I'm sure you would love to use your "worldliness" as a way of putting me down rather than actually answering any of the questions, aside from a lot of supposition about the hows and whys of their White House participation. Did you know there was a black-tie Governor's dinner at The White House Sunday night? Kinda flips the whole they-were-there-just-having-fun theory, since they were obviously on-duty for the night as honor guards and escorts. I just think an on-air thanks in front of millions of people and the Hollywood elite, who perform all that "vitally important work" (snicker), would have been a grand gesture from The First Lady. Well hopefully, they all got a free White House pen.
Joe The Nerd Ferraro February 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Mike - you wrote a cheap shot article.
Mike Shortall Sr February 27, 2013 at 12:41 AM
You would know, Joe. I've seen your work.
Joe The Nerd Ferraro February 27, 2013 at 01:53 AM
you wrote a humorless article with no take-away - and you get thin-skinned when called out on it.
Mike Shortall Sr February 27, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Yeah, Joe ... It will be a long, long time before these wounds will heal. </sarcasm>

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