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Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden Draw Boos at NASCAR Event

BrianD3 2011/11/21 17:32:41
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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden were grand marshals at today’s NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, appearing as part of their charitable campaign to support military veterans and their families.


But their benign, bipartisan cause wasn’t enough to prevent public fallout from the nation’s polarized political climate as they were introduced before the crowd.


ESPN video from the event documented loud boos from some in the stands as the announcer named Obama and Biden, seconds before they delivered the “most famous words in motorsports,” telling drivers to start their engines.


The pair — who co-chair the Joining Forces initiative — stood beside retired Army Sgt. Andrew Barry and his family. Barry was wounded in action in Iraq and Afghanistan, retired from the military in 2009 and now volunteers at an Orlando veterans center, the announcer said. He received resounding applause.


A source traveling with the first lady downplayed the incident, telling ABC News there was no discernible booing during the “loud chaotic program with jets flying over and tons of noise.”


The Associated Press reported that the two women received a standing ovation at the pre-race meeting with drivers, during which Obama said NASCAR was “amazing in terms of its support, not just today but every day, for military families.”


Before the race, the first lady addressed a barbeque for military families that NASCAR had invited to the event.


“Everyone around the country is focused on you. And this isn’t just an effort today,” she said. “ Jill and I through Joining Forces, we want to make this a part of the dialogue in this country forever. Whether Jill or I are here or not, whether this administration is here or not, this is about the way we want this country to talk about our troops, veterans and military families forever. We want you to feel that appreciation and that gratitude so that you know your sacrifice is not in vain.”


The negative reaction from fans was first reported by Mediaite.

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  • AL Tits IS... 2011/11/29 06:57:31
    AL
    +1
    So I guess you really thing we worship a dictator now then?
  • BrianD3 Tits IS... 2011/11/23 12:25:23
    BrianD3
    +1
    they were there to whore the vets out for a photo op, that is all and as a vet I am appalled that they should pretend to support us
  • Tits IS... BrianD3 2011/11/23 14:43:01
    Tits ISHBAHFF McGee
    I'm sorry you feel any support given to you by any elected official is whoring the vets out.
  • BrianD3 Tits IS... 2011/11/23 17:26:43
    BrianD3
    from fake ass liberals or RINO's it is indeed insulting
  • AL Tits IS... 2011/11/24 02:43:10
    AL
    +1
    LOL! They are trying whore them to vote for Obama in fact.
  • Tits IS... AL 2011/11/24 06:14:45
    Tits ISHBAHFF McGee
    And this is unique to President Obama only?
  • AL Tits IS... 2011/11/24 06:37:24
    AL
    +1
    WEll since Obama has never been a big hit with our own Military, he knows he needs to pander for their votes now. Since Obama knows their not going to find work when they come home-do to his pro illegal alien worker views
  • Tits IS... AL 2011/11/24 06:55:03
    Tits ISHBAHFF McGee
    why won't they find work when they come home?

    Yes, I'm sure Obama is pandering to their votes, as does every single politican and every past politician. that's how they all get votes.
  • AL Tits IS... 2011/11/25 02:30:34
    AL
    +1
    Because Obama has refusing to enforce ALL our immigration laws in fact! Yet if he did that,there would indeed be Millions of openings for our own returning troops instead!
  • Tits IS... AL 2011/11/25 08:48:28
    Tits ISHBAHFF McGee
    oh well. I guess you haven't heard the latest newt gingrish is planning to do with immigration?
  • AL Tits IS... 2011/11/28 08:35:25
    AL
    +1
    Who ever said I'm backing Newt anyway?
  • Tits IS... AL 2011/11/28 13:55:59
    Tits ISHBAHFF McGee
    I'm sure if you had to vote Obama vs Newt you'd vote for the reptile, despite all the facts about him.
  • AL Tits IS... 2011/11/29 07:00:04 (edited)
    AL
    +1
    No! I would never vote for any reptile like Obama myself! Yet I would vote for a repentant sinner instead. After all- you do understand that most of us are repentent sinners right?
  • Tits IS... AL 2011/11/30 00:04:11
    Tits ISHBAHFF McGee
    Have you ever heard of former congressman John Lebouttlier who works for Fox, on Campaign Confidential?

    He cannot stand newt. Imagine a real live republican who knows newt,, has worked with him actually saying this and saying that no one in politics likes him either!

    who would have thunk it?
  • AL Tits IS... 2011/12/05 06:40:15
    AL
    +1
    Who gives A liberal lying sh** anyway? I'm voting to get this would be Dictator Obama out of OUR White House instead,NO matter who runs against him anyway!
  • AL Tits IS... 2011/11/24 02:37:53 (edited)
    AL
    +1
    Truth be known,They where only there to win over our troops to get them to vote for Obama is all!
  • Dar 2011/11/22 14:11:45
    Appropriate/ Funny
    Dar
    +2
    Really, gee whiz...why would their handlers be idiot enough to send them into enemy territory.
  • AMERICA... Dar 2011/11/22 14:32:31
    AMERICAN.FREEDOM
    +2
    looking for a "teachable moment" the fans "acted stupidly" see the spin?
  • Tits IS... Dar 2011/11/22 15:07:01
    Tits ISHBAHFF McGee
    "enemy terroritory"

    wow. how sad. shows the lack of decorum.
  • BrianD3 Tits IS... 2011/11/22 16:37:19
    BrianD3
    +2
    THEY view America as the enemy, no doubt about it. Their views and philosophy is not American at all
  • AL Tits IS... 2011/11/24 02:45:16
    AL
    +1
    No! It just shows a real lack of good sense on the V.P.and first Ladies part is all!
  • BrianD3 AL 2011/11/24 03:30:13
    BrianD3
    if they are going to step onstage for their husbands, they have to expect to recieve a response like what their husbands would get...they put themselves out ther for a political purpose and got a negative political response......it is all well and proper
  • AL BrianD3 2011/11/24 06:41:22
    AL
    +1
    You got it! We have a God given right to let our leaders know just how we feel about them as well!
  • Tits IS... AL 2011/11/24 06:15:44
    Tits ISHBAHFF McGee
    that's your opinion.
  • AL Tits IS... 2011/11/24 06:39:39
    AL
    +1
    And the boos alone prove me right as well "Tits IS"
  • NPC Dar 2011/11/22 17:58:59
    NPC
    +1
    You said that one !
  • lucky 2011/11/22 12:49:06
    Inappropriate/ Not funny
    lucky
    Dont like the First Lady or Dr. Jill Biden, fine but they were there to represent a charitable cause, a very worthy cause and that cause deserved more respect then that.
  • BrianD3 lucky 2011/11/22 13:05:44
    BrianD3
    +7
    they were whoring the vets oout for political points
  • Morgan ... BrianD3 2011/11/22 13:22:43
    Morgan Orlins
    +4
    Yep!
    As a vet, there's NO WAY in hell that I'd appear with those asses.
  • BrianD3 Morgan ... 2011/11/22 13:23:37
    BrianD3
    +3
    as a vet, myself..I am fine with how things went down
  • lucky BrianD3 2011/11/22 13:48:37
    lucky
    +1
    and you miss the point, regardless of their motives or what they represent, the cause was worthy of respect.

    Also do you think your opinions more important then the vet that was standing at their side? Your opinion is yours but it does not represent all vets.
  • Eric lucky 2011/11/22 16:08:08
    Eric
    +3
    Perhaps I am being overly cynical but I see a lot of political opportunism here. If it is truly for the vets, Michelle should have asked Laura Bush or someone to take part as well. Most of us, I believe, see Michelle as an extension of Obama's political network and not as some independent thinker.

    As to vets I suspect they understand that people can disagree with politicians while supporting troops. One of the beauties of the military is that they do not get involved in partisan politics. Wish that all public employees had the same integrity.
  • BrianD3 Eric 2011/11/22 16:38:39
    BrianD3
    +1
    well said
  • lucky Eric 2011/11/22 18:18:27
    lucky
    Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden sponsored the Joining forces initiative, why would they invite Laura Bush who as far as I know never once even lifted a finger to personally sponsor any veterans initiative, not to mention a lot of vets feel the same way about Laura as they do Michelle.

    Its not about the politics, its about the charity and out of respect for the charity I expect better of people.
  • Eric lucky 2011/11/22 19:15:27
    Eric
    +1
    http://www.restaurant.org/nra...

    And, obviously, since it is about the charity and not the politics, anyone who boos Laura would be equally impolite, right?
  • lucky Eric 2011/11/22 19:22:36
    lucky
    I said sponsored, that is not the same as being a spokesperson.

    Yes that is right, booing Laura would be equally impolite.
  • BrianD3 lucky 2011/11/22 16:38:02
    BrianD3
    the vets got their applause. Mooshelle, or should I say, Booshelle got what she deserves
  • lucky BrianD3 2011/11/22 19:05:51
    lucky
    At least there was that, the vets deserve way more then that its unfortunate thats all some are willing to give them.
  • Hawk lucky 2011/11/22 18:50:26
    Hawk
    +1
    Do you honestly think they respect our country??? Respect is earned and not a given or can`t you understand that???
  • lucky Hawk 2011/11/22 18:54:11
    lucky
    What part of RESPECT THE CHARITY did you not understand???

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