published Friday, March 1st, 2013

First lady: Not surprised by reaction to Oscars

Michelle Obama talks with Wal-mart executive Andrea Thomas as Stephen Roberts looks on during a tour the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Springfield, Mo. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Mrs. Obama was promoting her campaign against childhood obesity and highlit "the groundbreaking steps” the retailer has taken to make healthy food more affordable. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Valerie Mosley)
Michelle Obama talks with Wal-mart executive Andrea Thomas as Stephen Roberts looks on during a tour the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Springfield, Mo. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Mrs. Obama was promoting her campaign against childhood obesity and highlit "the groundbreaking steps” the retailer has taken to make healthy food more affordable. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Valerie Mosley)
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

By Darlene Superville

Michelle Obama says it was “absolutely not surprising” to her that her satellite appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony raised questions about whether it was appropriate.

Some conservatives have accused her of crashing the event to selfishly make it all about her.

In an interview Thursday in Chicago, she attributed the reaction to that of the bloggers, tweeters who talk about anything and everything all the time.

Mrs. Obama said only somewhat jokingly that even her bangs and her shoes can set off a national conversation.

She was beamed live from the White House into Sunday’s awards ceremony to help announce the Best Picture award would go to “Argo.”

Hers was not the first Oscar appearance by a first lady. In 2002, Laura Bush appeared at the ceremony on videotape.

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