The fact that Michelle Obama did not acknowledge the attending service members only serves to emphasize the criticism, Timperlake said.
“That means they were just there for show. It’s even worse. It takes it to a different level. She didn’t even justify [it],” he said. “They were just there for the visuals.”
Kristina Schake, the first lady’s communications director told reporters in a statement Monday night that “[t]he Academy Awards approached the First Lady about being a part of the ceremony. As a movie lover, she was honored to present the award and celebrate the artists who inspire us all — especially our young people — with their passion, skill and imagination.”
UPDATE: The first lady’s office told TheDC Monday night that the service members were White House military social aides who worked at the Governor’s Dinner earlier in the evening. They are officers with military assignments elsewhere in the Washington area and assist the White House as needed.