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Michelle Obama

WAS First to Open Oscar Envelope ... Says Academy

2/25/2013 3:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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This is pretty shocking ... a rep for the Academy tells TMZ, Michelle Obama was in fact the ONLY person in the White House to view the contents of the Best Picture Oscar envelope last night.

TMZ broke the story ... it's practically inconceivable that any package -- even a high-profile Oscar envelope -- would reach the First Lady without being thoroughly vetted first.

But a rep for the Academy tells us, "First Lady Michelle Obama was the first and only person to open the Best Picture envelope. PwC [PricewaterhouseCoopers] accountants are the only individuals who have knowledge of the results prior to their live reveal on the Oscars."

As we reported, TMZ spoke to the Secret Service this morning ... and they said, "We're not gonna comment on that."

We're not sure if we're relieved or terrified.

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tgrfan42069    

the biggest joke i have heard was when chris matthews from msnbc aka the obama nut hugging network.said obama should be on mount rushmore i mean really what a freaking moron

415 days ago
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nurseman    

I'm thinking scanners and other sophisticated could vet this without actually opening it?

415 days ago
18.

janet    

Just more waste of taxpayers money they use for themselves. How much did that cost us. It was just tacky.

415 days ago
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Mikey    


They've turned the White House into a bad reality show.

415 days ago
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truc10    

really? does anyone with a brain really freakin care? see, this is why i visit this site. "freak show"

415 days ago
21.

Harold Brown    

Yea, and I was the first man on the moon.

415 days ago
22.

judy jetson    

What a bunch of incompetent's we have in the White House. This country is starting to become a laughing stock.

415 days ago
23.

Az Heat    

This country is really go to sh!t

415 days ago
24.

Pamela    

She cheapens the office of First Lady.

415 days ago
25.

Mikey    

Being famous for being famous, no talent needed.


Whats Michelle Obama gonna do next , put up Angelyne style billboards of herself all over hollywood?

415 days ago
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bagladey    

Maybe security witnessed the paper being put into the envelope before it was sealed, and then x-rayed and sniffed by dogs on arrival at the White House etc. Stick to Hollywood gossip, Harvey.

415 days ago
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cbm    

I am sure the envelope was x-rayed and and tested for contaminates. It would also not surprise me if someone from the secret service was there when it was sealed. Not really much of a risk when the proper precautions are taken.

415 days ago
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aljoseph    

She is so beautiful.......inside and out.
It reflects through her outlook on life, the way she
presents her family to the country.
I'm so proud to serve this family in the Military.

415 days ago
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DeeMaree    

I have no problem with Mrs Obama presenting an award. But the safety concerns are paramount here. That envelope should have been thoroughly examined by the Secret Service before Mrs Obama touched it. It just takes a whiff of many substances to kill. Laxity in security even for Oscar time is not acceptable and that's why the Secret Service are mum. If that envelope truly came straight from the accounting firm to Mrs Obamas hands without any examination that's definitely a stupid stupid risk to take with the first lady's life and all those standing around her.

415 days ago
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Mihalick    

You don't have to open an envelope to inspect it. I'm sure there was some kind of process to screen it. Think of it basically as baggage going through TSA checkpoints, without the groin groping. Well, unless Mrs. Obama got a little frisky with the delivery boy.

415 days ago
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