First lady catches heat for basking in the spotlight

Critics are calling out Michelle Obama for her appearance at the Oscars Sunday.

Seth MacFarlane isn't the only one taking heat for his appearance at the Oscars Sunday night. Critics are also blasting first lady Michelle Obama for presenting at the awards.

Obama, surrounded by members of the military, appeared on screen at the end of the awards show to announce that "Argo" had won Best Picture.

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Afterward, critics were buzzing.

The Washington Post asked, "Is America ready for a first lady as entertainer?" And Fox News said her military backdrop was seen by some as mere "props."

But was the first lady really doing anything out of the ordinary?

The Post reported that President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a six-minute, direct-line radio address from the White House during the 1941 Oscars that paid tribute to Hollywood. And, the Post said, President Ronald Reagan, himself a former actor, made a video address in 1981.

According to the Post, former president Bill Clinton presented at the Golden Globes this year.

And first ladies?

Entertainment Weekly reported that Laura Bush participated in a pretaped segment, "What Do Movies Mean To You?" in 2002.

Still, some are questioning whether Obama's many public appearances are appropriate. She has appeared everywhere from "Rachael Ray" to "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." And while sometimes it's to promote her campaign against childhood obesity, at other times, it's simply to talk about her bangs or show off her dance moves.  

The first lady may be risking overexposure, critics said.

Speaking to Robin Robert, Obama said she's going to be "breaking out" during her husband’s second term. Thursday, she will head to Chicago to promote the third anniversary of her "Let's Move" program, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Looks like no matter what the critics say, Obama has no plans to keep quiet.

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