Leah Barkoukis
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Thought you’d make it through the Oscars without your daily dose of the Obamas? In an unprecedented move, Michelle Obama appeared last night via Satellite to announce the winner of Best Picture.

"These nine movies took us back in time and all around the world. They made us laugh, they made us weep, and they made us grip our armrests just a little tighter. They taught us that love can endure against all odds and transform our lives in the most surprising ways. They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage to believe in ourselves. These lessons apply to all of us no matter who we are, or what we look like, or where we come from, or who we love, but they are especially important for our young people..."

And so the Obamas leave no cultural stone unturned. The Drudge Report’s first headline of the story, “Hollywood, DC” seems most fitting as there seems to be no separation of church media and state these days. After Hollywood doing everything it could to re-elect the Obama, however, and the president’s celebrity status—this shouldn’t surprise anyone. 

But whose idea was this?

It was Harvey Weinstein's daughter's idea.

According to Academy president Hawk Koch, the plan came from Weinstein and his daughter, Lily. Koch and Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron loved the idea. And when it was pitched to the first lady, Zadan told The Hollywood Reporter that 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." […]

The Obama appearance was treated like a state secret, known to only a few of those working on the show. It was intentionally kept off the show's run sheets, so it wouldn't leak. On the Friday before the show, the Academy issued a release announcing that Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman would be serving as presenters. 

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And no—Reagan’s greeting to the audience at the Oscars is not a justification for this move—he was actually in the industry once upon a time.

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Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Assistant Editor at Townhall.com/Townhall Magazine.

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