With the ice having melted at the famed Vanity Fair after-party, and Hollywood's biggest winners likely still nursing celebratory hangovers, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" reviewed the night that was in Hollywood, including the hosts more than 30 Red Carpet interviews.
Although Piers Morgan did chat with everyone from Sally Field to Amy Adams, there was one stunning woman whom he wasn't able to chat with: Michelle Obama.
As the 85th Academy Awards drew to a close, the First Lady shocked viewers and celebrities alike, appearing from Washington, D.C. via satellite to crown "Argo" the year's top film. But did Mrs. Barack Obama have a place at the Oscars?
Guest Donny Deutsch didn't think so:
"From my vantage point, absolutely not," said the advertising executive and television personality. "As far as I'm concerned, she was an uninvited guest. Now what I mean by that is, you have to give the consumer, the viewer, the ultimate respect. They have tuned in to watch movie stars, to watch movies. And all of a sudden, politics is thrown at them."
Joining Deutsch and Morgan live, "The New York Times" correspondent Jodi Kantor surmised that the First Lady's Academy Award cameo is a sign she's playing the proverbial long game:
"It's almost like this sort of Michelle Obama charm offensive strategy," said the author of the best-selling book "The Obamas." "What they're trying to do is portray this woman who's disconnected from politics because of course the paradox of being First Lady is that you are most politically powerful when you appear in some way non-political."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, and draw your own conclusion about Michelle Obama presenting an Oscar. Was she, as Deutsch said, "an univited guets?" Or, as Kantor claimed, thinking long term?
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