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Michelle Obama Responds to Critics of Her Oscars Appearance

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So many haters, so little time.

That seems to be First Lady Michelle Obama’s attitude about conservatives’ outrage over her appearance via satellite at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, where she announced the winner for Best Picture.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly slammed the cameo, calling it “Hollywood left boosterism,” and Donny Deutsch of MSNBC declared her “an uninvited guest” and said “there was an elitist flavor to it.”

True to form, FLOTUS is taking the negativity in stride.

“That’s just the nature of life. I mean, we live in a time when there are bloggers and tweeters and 24-hour news and everyone has a voice in this town square, and it’s a big one. And it’s good – overall, it’s good,” she said on the “Today” show on Friday while promoting the third anniversary of her Let’s Move anti-childhood obesity initiative. “That means at any point at a given time, somebody’s not going to like what you do. That’s just the nature of things … It’s part of our culture.”

In an interview with the Associated Press, she continued to speak candidly about the role of Twitter in the blogosphere.

“Shoot, my bangs set off a national conversation,” she said. “My shoes can set off a national conversation. That’s just sort of where we are. We’ve got a lot of talking going on … It’s like everybody’s kitchen-table conversation is now accessible to everybody else so there’s a national conversation about anything.”

As for her other big conversation-starter of the past few weeks – that “mom dance” sketch on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” – it sounds like she received the only seal of approval she needed: that of her 14-year-old daughter Malia.

“I guess I made enough of a fool of myself,” she told “Today.”

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