As a guest on The Tonight Show, Fox News personality and wanted infotainment instigator Bill O'Reilly referred to the appearance by Michelle Obama at the Academy Awards show as "The most propagandistic thing I've ever seen."
Coming from a man whose network directly organized Tea Party events, that's quite a statement.
Leno tried to argue that there was nothing controversial about anything she said; that it was just in support of the arts, and that if it had been Laura Bush or Barbara Bush, he would not have thought any differently of it.
"But it never would have been, Jay" O'Reilly responded. "This is a partisan town."
He said that it "never would have been" even in spite of Leno having reminded him only thirty seconds before that it, in fact, already had been.
Laura Bush, Leno reminded him, had recorded a message for the 2002 Academy Award show. O'Reilly attempted to brush this off as irrelevant.
O'Reilly also conveniently forgot that Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have already stated that plans had even been made to approach Anne Romney in the event that Mitt Romney won the 2012 election.
Zadan and Meron were not able to directly approach anyone at the White House until the inauguration, but had been planning to potentially have the first lady present the award for months in advance. This was because the two favorites to win the award for Best Picture were "Argo" and "Lincoln", both of which feature a prominent D.C. connection.
This was the same reason why former president Bill Clinton was tapped to introduce the movie "Lincoln" (a movie about another former president) at the Golden Globes show.
Following Bill Clinton's appearance, O'Reilly had no comment. It's apparently only a controversy to him when a Democrat presently in Washington does anything.