Michelle Obama Was ‘Absolutely Not’ Surprised By Reaction To Oscars Cameo: That’s Just ‘Where We Are’

First Lady Michelle Obama‘s prompted a lot of chatter when she made a surprise appearance at the Oscars to announce the “best picture” winner alongside actor Jack Nicholson. Some were especially critical — but Obama said the reaction was “absolutely not surprising.”

Rather, she said, according to the Associated Press, it’s a sign of the times.

“Shoot, my bangs set off a national conversation. My shoes can set off a national conversation. That’s just sort of where we are. We’ve got a lot of talking going on,” the first lady said only somewhat jokingly Thursday before an appearance in Chicago, her hometown. “It’s like everybody’s kitchen-table conversation is now accessible to everybody else so there’s a national conversation about anything.”

Obama also “acknowledged” that she and the president may have extra appeal, as well as receive extra scrutiny, because they’re a young couple and the first black family in the White House.

But she pays it no mind.

“I just don’t think about that stuff,” she told a small group of reporters.

Following the Oscars appearance, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly derided “Hollywood left boosterism” and deemed it a “pure propaganda play.” Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh drew a parallel to Apple’s famous “1984” commercial, labeling Obama the “dear leader” — whereas Donny Deutsch went with “monarch” and “uninvited guest.” Others questioned whether the first lady is getting overexposed.

(h/t AP)

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