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Pop Culture Presidency

Posted on the 25 February 2013 by Brutallyhonest @Ricksteroni

No, she's not the President, but who can deny that she represents;

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise and unprecedented appearance on Sunday's Oscars MichelleObamaOscarstelecast when she presented the award for Best Picture, the first time a president or first lady has ever presented an Academy Award.

Appearing live on screen from the White House in Washington, almost 3,000 miles from the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood, Obama praised the work of the movie industry before announcing the Iran hostage drama "Argo" the Best Picture winner.

Wearing a silver evening dress, Obama said this year's nominated films had "made us laugh, made us weep and grip our armrests just a little bit tighter."

Obama added: "They reminded us we can overcome any obstacles if we dig deep enough and hard enough. They are especially important for young people. Everyday they engage in the arts, they learn to open their imaginations ... and strive to reach those dreams."

"Argo" director and co-producer Ben Affleck said he felt like he was "sort of hallucinating" when Obama presented the award.

Coming off of her Late Night with Jimmy Fallon debut of a few days ago,we can no longer deny that this has become the first bonafide Pop Culture Presidency.

Nicholas Ferroni wrote about it the day after the election:

Not only has President Obama used pop culture and even social media to increase his popularity and reveal a humane and likeable side that resonates with all Americans; he knows that more Americans tune in daily to talk shows than they do to debates or political news shows. The president and first lady tweet on a regular basis to their millions of followers (though they sadly don't have as many followers as Katy Perry, Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga), including the world's biggest names; it's a fair assumption to say that Barack Obama is mentioned more on a daily basis in the social media world than any president or politician ever has been before, and timing does have a lot to do with it. When you have the likes of Perez Hilton, Rihanna, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian supporting and following you; you also have the American youth in your corner.

But being president is an extremely time consuming job, and although Americans love to see their president make TV appearances and act "normal," and even poke fun at himself; they would much rather him commit his time to our country's problems. This is why the first lady brilliantly appears on various shows on her husband's behalf, earning her the title of the first "Pop Culture First Lady." Michelle Obama has made appearances on Ellen, sat with Letterman and Leno, visited Sesame Street and even made a cameo on Disney's iCarly, and she is just as charming, likeable and charismatic as her husband.

There is no question that Barack Obama has achieved many firsts in his first term as president, but, the "first" that helped him get reelected in this recent election is his ability to embrace and utilize pop culture in such a way that he successfully blended politics with pop culture, and without losing any of the integrity and character that comes with the office of president. Whether it's singing a few lines of "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green (in perfect pitch, might I add), to roasting Jimmy Kimmel and other special guests at the Correspondence Dinner, Barack Obama will undoubtedly go down in history as the "coolest" president, and even one of the most likeable. His ability to share his human side with the American people reveals a certain humility that many prior presidents felt the need to conceal from the public makes him a true "people's president." But it is his understanding of the importance of pop culture and its significance to present-day American society and Americans that has earned him the title of the first "pop culture president" of the United States.

I guess we're supposed to believe that all this is a good thing for the country.  That having the "coolest" president is best for the nation.


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