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?