Amanda Pendolino
March 01, 2013

Michelle Obama Talks Bangs, Oscars, Backlash

First Lady Michelle Obama took a lot of heat for her satellite appearance at the Oscars — but she doesn’t care.

Us Weekly reports that the FLOTUS is “not surprised” at the backlash. “Shoot, my bangs set off a national conversation,” she said.

“My shoes can set off a national conversation. That’s just sort of where we are,” she continued. “We’ve got a lot of talking going on. It’s like everybody’s kitchen table conversation is now accessible to everybody else so there’s a national conversation about anything.”

When it comes to criticism, Michelle says, “I just don’t think about that stuff.”

I have to admit that I thought Michelle’s Oscar appearance was a bit odd; it felt a little like the White House was stamping its seal of approval on the Academy Awards.

Still, I can’t help but love the FLOTUS and her attitude. Plus, people accusing Michelle of being the first First Lady to reach this kind of celeb status are forgetting that she isn’t the first White House resident to participate in the Oscars. According to SlateLaura Bush was part of a “What Do the Movies Mean to You?” segment for the 2002 Oscars, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the 13th Academy Awards ceremony with an address from the Biltmore Hotel.

Meanwhile, Michelle is busy planning her second-term agenda, which includes a push for physical education in schools.

“Whatever I do will involve kids,” she said.