Why did FLOTUS present award for ‘Argo’?

Okay, I’ll admit I haven’t seen Argo, nor did I pay attention to the Oscars. I don’t really know the details of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis either.

I guess I should watch the movie.

Vaguely, I remember a Republican talking point, “Iran is four years closer to a nuclear weapon,” in the 2012 debates. The choice of words struck me as war-hawkish and ominous, but without qualification.

Obama had said in one debate, “As long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.” Not really sure what that meant either, other than the US might do something.

Fast forward to last night, Michelle Obama introduced the award for Argo with the following:

“They taught us that love can endure against all odds… And they reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage to believe in ourselves.”

The language could be more suggestive of wartime morale boosting than a celebration of actors putting on a show in a film.

Could it be the executive office harnessing the Oscars to influence public opinion or say something indirectly? Was Ben Affleck really that awesome?

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  • http://twitter.com/DrinkyMcGee Daniel Cecil

    Um, she was giving the Best Picture award. Could have ended up being any of the nominated movies (unless you’re one of those insane people who thinks that everything in the world is meticulously planned by omnipotent overlords).

    I thought her involvement was a bit gross, but not sinister. Hollywood loves her, and she loves them. It’s a meaningless circle jerk.

    • VaudeVillain

      This.

    • jnana

      no such thing as a meaningless circle jerk.
      every circle jerk ever committed is vastly important.

    • http://twitter.com/gregmhagar Gentleman G.M. Hagar

      You don’t have to be insane to assume that Oscar winners aren’t exactly picked spontaneously and for no reason other than artistic merit. To be insane would be to believe everything as it is presented on television.

    • Cocomaan

      I can guarantee she would not have presented the award if Beasts of the Southern Wild had won. There’s a reason she was flanked by soldiers when she made the announcement.

    • Cocomaan

      I can guarantee she would not have presented the award if Beasts of the Southern Wild had won. There’s a reason she was flanked by soldiers when she made the announcement.

    • gogo

      Um, most Faux “News” viewers are unable to connect any dots that aren’t pre-connected for them.

    • gogo

      Um, most Faux “News” viewers are unable to connect any dots that aren’t pre-connected for them.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    She seems smarter and tougher and more intimidating than the President somehow.

  • justinsweatt

    Hey, who better to award Nationalistic Propaganda than Michelle Obama?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.lampard Joe Lampard

    If you don’t know anything about the Iran hostage crisis, then this film is hardly going to educate or inform you on the subject. It tells the ‘glory’ side of the tale, but completely fails to mention the 52 Americans who were held for 444 days…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.lampard Joe Lampard

    If you don’t know anything about the Iran hostage crisis, then this film is hardly going to educate or inform you on the subject. It tells the ‘glory’ side of the tale, but completely fails to mention the 52 Americans who were held for 444 days…

  • JaceD

    I haven’t seen this film, but I do know events portrayed in the movie are untruthful. Example; the film claims New Zealand and Britain turned the Americans away, refusing to offer assistance. In reality both New Zealand and British Embassies assisted American diplomats by hiding them from Iranian forces before they were smuggled to Switzerland.

    Even though it’s only a minuscule misrepresentation, I can imagine there will be many who watch this film and believe it to be historical fact because it’s “based on a true story”.

    • Bruteloop

      Affleck was called out on that in interviews in the UK and mewled about being sorry but, you know, it was more dramatic because then it looked like they were on their own, you know, rather than…er…well, helped by people. The reason they could stay no longer than one night at he Embassy was because it was an obvious place to flee too. In the trailer I notice some character yelling in exasperation “Even the Brits turned them away” is featured clearly.
      I’d rather scoop my eyes out with a rusty spoon than see the film.
      But then, I’d say that about most of the self-serving dreck out of ‘Hollywood’.

  • MCMoose

    Maybe you should spend some time learning some of our recent history (good and bad) rather than spend it looking for sinister bogeymen. There are enough real bogeymen in our own history.

  • MCMoose

    Maybe you should spend some time learning some of our recent history (good and bad) rather than spend it looking for sinister bogeymen. There are enough real bogeymen in our own history.

  • BuzzCoastin

    > I guess I should watch the movie.

    they’re hoping for that
    but this helps
    anything to keep the Homelanders preoccupied with jingoistic trivia
    really helps their cause

  • DrDavidKelly

    Did they really chase the plane down the runway like they did in the movie?

    • gogo

      No. Nothing like it at all. The whole movie is an updated Cowboy and Indian John Wayne vs. the Savages flick. Propaganda porn.

  • http://twitter.com/gregmhagar Gentleman G.M. Hagar

    Hollywood is a profit driven propaganda machine for US Empire. Of course there is a connection. Interesting how the uproar that likely cost Zero Dark Thirty the Best Picture Oscar paved the way for Argo to win it. Covert propaganda beats overt propaganda every time. Bigelow should take notes.

  • http://twitter.com/gregmhagar Gentleman G.M. Hagar

    Hollywood is a profit driven propaganda machine for US Empire. Of course there is a connection. Interesting how the uproar that likely cost Zero Dark Thirty the Best Picture Oscar paved the way for Argo to win it. Covert propaganda beats overt propaganda every time. Bigelow should take notes.