Hollywood and the Whitehouse
I am watching the Academy Awards, and like Bill Clinton at the Golden Globes, Michelle Obama was video conferenced in to help introduce the category of best picture and read who won best picture.
Now I’ve heard, as President Obama campaigned and had a large part of Hollywood on his side, comments accusing President Obama of being in “cahoots with Hollywood trash”. Sure, show runners in Hollywood hosted fundraiser dinners for President Obama’s campaign. Some members of the cast of Glee traveled to swing states like Ohio, to appeal to the younger generations who learn more about their world from TV than they do the crazies arguing like children in congress. And you know what? It worked.
It may seem counter-intuitive to those people who have not being paying attention to our changing technological and cultural landscape. News flash: Hollywood; popular movies, TV and music, is largely what shapes our culture now. Sorry, people care more about Honey Boo Boo than government. (Maybe a bad example, I know.)
For President Obama and the administration to tap into those popular avenues; by hosting Katy Perry at the Kids Inaugural Concert, (and the many other pop artists present for the various parts of the inauguration), or having Michelle Obama announce who won best picture at the Academy Awards, it’s a smart way to tap into the true pulse of the country. Personally, I think it’s smart.