Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post published on Feb. 25, 2013, her questioning the wisdom of the producers of the Academy Awards of inviting Michelle Obama to present the winner of the Best Motion Picture category, in which Rubin stated Obama used military personnel as "props."
In an unprecedented move, the Academy for the first time in its history utilized the First Lady as one of the presenters.
Nonetheless, Michelle Obama chose to use commissioned officers from the various branches of the Armed Forces in full formal dress uniform as a backdrop to her presentation of the Oscar for best picture.
Serving no particular purpose, the Washington Post's Rubin referred to Obama's usage of the highly trained military leaders as "props."
But even more pointedly, Rubin went on to state of the First Lady:
"She declared of the Best Picture nominees, 'They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage within ourselves.'
Alas, none of the films nor her aides reminded her to mention the military, not those personnel behind her nor those serving overseas, an odd omission for the White House that nevertheless was pleased to have them arrayed behind her like, well, set decoration."
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