June Smith

Somehow, given the state of our festering, sequestering nation, led by a president re-elected despite a four-year record of failure, and the politically powerful leftist Hollywood entertainment industry, it should come as no surprise that Michelle Obama made a “surprise” appearance at the Oscars, “live” via satellite just before midnight on Sunday night, flanked by beaming members of the armed services.

Introduced by three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson, the glittering First Lady, “wearing Naeem Khan” as they say, welcomed everyone to the White House and said she was “so honored to introduce the nominees for Best Picture and to help celebrate the movies that lift our spirits, broaden our minds and transport us to places we have never imagined.”

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Praising the “upifting qualities” of the nine nominees for Best Picture, FLOTUS, broadcasting from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, said “These lessons apply to all of us no matter who we are or what we look like or where we come from or who we love, but they are especially important for our young people…I want to thank all of you here tonight for being part of that vitally important work.”

These movies “took us back in time and all around the world. They made us laugh. They made us weep and made us grip our armrests just a little tighter. They taught us that love can endure against all odds and transform our minds in the most surprising ways. And they reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage to believe in ourselves,” she added.

Hard to say which of the nine nominated movies had the most “uplifting qualities”:

“Lincoln”, the Civil War saga;

Amour”, an old-age end-of-life love story;

“Argo”, the Iran hostage story;

“Life of Pi”, a shipwreck story;

“Silver Linings Playbook”, a mental health romance;

“Zero Dark Thirty”, the killing of Osama bin Laden;

and from “The Title Says It All” department:

-“Les Miserables” (billed as a “musical”);

-“Beasts of the Southern Wild”; and

-“Django Unchained”.

The winners? “Argo” and the Obama Administration for another “first”.

The losers? We, the people, who believe in the Constitution, hold the conservative views of personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, etc. , and are gripping our armrests a little tighter every day.

June Smith founded this tribute website in honor of her late husband, Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy Award winner, and Baltimore Sun Columnist. Smith was a media titan in Maryland and beyond for almost forty years. Mrs. Smith is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. She blogs for Red Maryland; her email is

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