If you thought that First Lady Michelle Obama presenting the Best Picture Oscar to Argo from the White House seemed inappropriate, you don’t know the half of it.
Independent Journal Review reports that new Secretary of State John Kerry got into the act, too, by tweeting about the film the day before the awards show. But more appears to be going on here. Another film nominated for Best Picture, The Weinstein Company’s Silver Linings Playbook, got special nudges from Democrats and other close to the Obama administration. And not just from Stephanie Cutter.:
Indeed, in the run-up to the Oscars, Silver Linings seemed to undertake a series of self-administered pats on the back “for making progress towards removing the stigma of mental illness,” as proclaimed by a February Center for American Progress press conference featuring SilverLinings star and Best Actor Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper, along with two Democratic pols, Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and former Representative Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island.
Then, less than a week later, Cooper and his director, David O. Russell, met with Vice-President Joe Biden in his office, again to chat about mental-health reform.
Where was the cozy tête–à–tête for Lincoln, or any of the eight other movies in the Best Picture category? Maybe they didn’t do what The Weinstein Company’s Harvey Weinstein did: hold an Obama re-election fundraiser at his home which raised over $2 million, and help get Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden on air last November before the election. For the president and his gang, maybe some Hollywood players are more equal than others.
Also, this morning it’s being reported that the Michelle Obama hijack, last night, was part of a failed effort on the part of Harvey Weinstein to get Hollywood’s Obama voters to vote for Silver Linings Playbook for Best Picture.