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Skip to comments.Michelle to Serve as NASCAR Grand Marshal
Posted on 11/11/2011 9:56:22 AM PST by kcvl
The White House is dispatching Michelle Obama to serve as Grand Marshal of the Nov. 20 season-ending NASCAR Ford 400, a move that seems clearly designed to woo NASCAR voters while also burnishing the first ladys credentials as a regular gal.
Mrs. Obama, who has incurred some bad publicity for taking luxurious jaunts to South Africa and Spain while often being photographed in expensive clothing and accoutrements, has lately been spotted shopping at Target and hanging out at the baseball park, attending the first game of the World Series.
The NASCAR appearance is billed as part of the first ladys Joining Forces initiative for military families, and Mrs. Obamas Joining Forces co-chair, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, will also serve as Grand Marshal.
The Ford 400 is held at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Florida is perhaps the most critical presidential battleground state in the country.
But Mrs. Obamas presence at one of the biggest NASCAR events of the year will surely be noticed throughout the region where the sport if popular, which includes many other critical swing states like Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri and Missouri.
Indeed, the NASCAR vote has taken a place alongside soccer moms as a coveted demographic for presidential candidates.
According to a White House statement, the NASCAR organization will itself participate in the Joining Forces initiative
As part of the season-ending NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship race, NASCAR will rally its millions of fans at the speedway and online to serve military families through the holiday season by asking them to visit www.NASCAR.com/Unites and JoiningForces.gov to find service opportunities and ideas to give back to those who serve our country.
The crowd at the Ford 400 will include some 5,000 active duty and retired military personnel, according to the White House. Military families will get a BBQ lunch where Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will deliver remarks, along with NASCAR officials and drivers.
Think she might throw out the puck for the Stanly cup?
What would happen if the crowd gave her a big spontaneous moon?
“Mrs. 0bama,if you would,ma’am...we’d be honored if you’d be the first First Lady to stand in the center of the track and wave the flag that signifies the completion of the first lap..”
Not to worry she will get a lot of flag and patriotism, that will irk her just as much.
I’ve got to think she gets boooed.
Geez, don’t abuse NASCAR. They’re mostly conservatives.
It is sickening that they stick their noses in everything!
You just can’t do anything these days without one of them sticking their opinions, faces, etc. in YOUR FACE (and enough with their LECTURES)!
Don’t forget prayer. She’ll get prayer too.
And of course the network will filter it out and replace it with applause.
What sticker is she going to have on her fat bumper?
Yet another reason not to watch NASCAR...
Probably hoping to get booed so they can use it to bash the rednecks.
Gee wiz, I hope it’s warm that day so we can see her fabulously well-tones arms.
Won’t everyone see this for what it is? Obvious pandering.
Mooch hanging out with the “common folks” as she looks disdainfully at the crowd... Really.
WTH is the matter with Helton?
I doubt that either she or the NASCAR fans want this.
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