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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00 am

Great program on Sunday night's Academy Awards; good entertainment, lovely ladies, occasional humor and generally a festive atmosphere.

The final touch was when they had the president's wife announce the contenders for best picture. That segment went over so well with the audience that it occurred to me that they overlooked the obvious.

Why did they settle for just the first lady, when there were other quite qualified presenters for various awards? An example might be Chief Justice Roberts introducing the best actor finals, or Hillary Clinton to cajole the best actress in the losers category with "it just doesn't matter." Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein and Harry Reid might have also been considered. There seems to be no lack of other politicians who would jump at the free exposure.

The opportunity was there for additional political mileage — and missed. But then, there is next year.

Richard Viall


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  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:33 am on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

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    And isn't Bush junior responsible for the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians whoselives were taken, not to mention 10,000 or so of our own young, brave troops, for his war in the wrong country?

  • Mike Adams posted at 8:19 am on Sun, Mar 3, 2013.

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    The anger that resides in some is just so part of their personality, that it can't be contained. Also a point of reference, the Americans in the Canadian Ambassador's home were not hostages. They were not detained in any manner. They were free to walk out of the residence anytime they wanted, but for good reason, they didn't. It would be nice if one of these guys would get their facts straight before they fire off a LTE.

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 6:24 pm on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

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    Yes the rescue by Carter. And terrorist killed the Americans in Bengazi as they have in several embasy attacks around the world under our various presidents.. Did you blame Reagan when it happed during his term. It is an unfortunate circumstace in the world we live in. Now it is just sic to try to directly blame the president.

  • Robert Chapman posted at 2:30 pm on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

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    How ironic. The wife of the president presents an award for a film that depicts the successful rescue of American hostages and, in my opinion, her husband is responsible for the murder of Americans in Benghazi.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 7:39 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

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    I hope those sour grapes in Woodbridge don't make it into those fine wines coming out of there.


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