1. First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the 85th Academy Awards to help actor Jack Nicholson announce the Best Picture nominees and winner.
2. But this wasn’t the first time the White House has been involved in the Academy Awards. The tradition dates back to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941.
3. FDR gave a six-minute radio address from the White House during the 13th Academy Awards, in which he paid tribute to Hollywood’s stars, directors, and producers.
Bob Hope was the master of ceremonies.
4. President Ronald Reagan made a video cameo at the 53rd Academy Awards in 1980.
He is also known for his role in the Oscar-nominated Kings Row (1942).
5. First Lady Laura Bush appeared at the 74th Annual Academy Awards in 2002.
She participated in a taped segment. That was the year Halle Berry became the first black actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress, for her performance in Monster’s Ball. The host was Whoopi Goldberg.
6. Michelle’s appearance was nothing new, but people still freaked out, calling it “inappropriate.”
Michelle Obama’s stint at the #Oscars was widely inappropriate and an affirmation that our politicians are no more than puppets on a string— Sharky (@SharkJumper) February 25, 2013
8. Including someone who thinks we vote for the First Lady…
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9. Then this hashtag started:
#NextMichelleObamaAppearance She’ll be in every movie theater preview telling you to shut your cellphone off & put away the popcorn.— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 25, 2013