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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.
He has turned into a Class A body oriface
“What sticker is she going to have on her fat bumper?”
The same one as always - black and yellow diagonal stripes with the words “Extra Wide.”
this should be fun to watch... the democrat “fish out of water” fake populist events that their out of touch political consultants dream up - they usually backfire.
think Dukakis in a tank or Kerry buying a hunting license..
Classiest and best response would be for NASCAR fans to take that day off en masse. Just don’t do it! How funny would it be if it was unavoidably obvious that no one wants her pretending.
That would be hillarious!
Last year, the Wookie made an appeal to black skiers on the slopes of Aspen. This year NASCAR and black race drivers.
We never actually saw her skiing, just dressing up and playing make believe.
Yes, this really pi$$es me off. Everyone catering to this repulsive mess, the fashion mags, the culture mags, she is so stylish, beautiful, fit...gag me!
Five NASCAR Drivers Decline President Obamas White House Invitation
President Barack Obama will honor NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and the 11 other Chase drivers from last year in a White House ceremony on Wednesday but nearly half of the 2010 playoff contenders wont be there.
NASCAR said Thursday that five drivers Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart will not be attending the White House visit due to schedule conflicts.
Obama has never watched a NASCAR race in his life. He openly despises and mocks the very people who are NASCAR fans. If you want to be surrounded by Bible & Gun Clinging, red-blooded patriotic Americans, get your ass down to the oval track on Sunday. Again not Obamas kind of people.
Can you imagine Obama sitting in the stands at Talladega, with a Juan Pablo Montoya (you know, you just know if Obama was a NASCAR fan, hed be Montoya fan) t-shirt and a 16 oz plastic cup full of warm Natural Light cheering as the cars screamed around the track?
Nope neither can I.
Jeff Gluck at SB Nation has hit little girl panties in a twist over their dismissal of Obamas invite:
Will Obozo loan her a telepromter so she doesn’t screw up “Gentlemen, start your engines!”
She will be on the helicopter before the first lap.
“For the first time, I can truly say that I am (NOT) proud of my NASCAR.”
Screw NASCAR. What a joke. Wookie power!
It will be shown on all the MSM news casts-Poor first lady being booed by the racist, sexist, right-wing NASCAR fans.
Brilliant move NASCAR.(/s>)
If NASCAR does this, they are not mostly conservatives anymore.
Please don’t use the Penn State mentality.
NASCAR might want to revisit that decision less nobody shows up for the race. You don’t insult the Hatfield and the McCoys.
Jimmie Johnson, other NASCAR drivers meet with President Obama
WASHINGTON Comparing himself to a racecar driver, President Barack Obama honored Jimmie Johnson and seven other NASCAR drivers Wednesday for their performance on and off the track. Johnson has won an unprecedented five consecutive Chase for the Sprint Cup championship titles.
The president also thanked NASCAR for supporting military families.
Jimmie Johnson gives President Obama the gloves he wore while winning the 2010 Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas.
NASCAR is a sport where anything that can go wrong will go wrong at some point during the season, similar to being president,” Obama said at a brief White House appearance that was forced indoors because of rain.
Dan Liddy · InterAmerican San German, Puerto Rico
I hate to see NASCAR drivers lowering them selves to Obama’s level. I’d rather meet a baboon!
Jim Westerkamp · Clearwater, Florida
At least a baboon doesn’t try to impose his inept will on others.
September 7 at 10:10pm
Richard Swaffield · Top Commenter · University of Tennessee
Why does obama have to bring himself into every conversation, because he thinks it’s all about him...enough already!
September 8 at 12:08am
i hope she gets booed too...purely political b.s.....nascar americans should be able to see right thru this....
“Yes, this really pi$$es me off. Everyone catering to this repulsive mess, the fashion mags, the culture mags, she is so stylish, beautiful, fit...gag me!”
Already posted 10 minutes earlier...
Maybe we can have someone throw a hotdog on the track during the race to see how fast she could run and get it.
The empty Bud Light bottles will be a-flyin’....
Will she stand for the National Anthem and put her right hand over her heart?
Maybe not. A few years back I think it was ABC that planted some fake muslims at race tracks hoping to come away with evidence of bigotry but people just ignored them.
I suspect people didn’t ignore the muzzies as much as it appeared. They didn’t face any harassment though.
What NASCAR fans should do is not go to their races.
State that they will not go because they are not interested in political theater.
What do you expect from a sport where all the participants only turn “left”........LOL
Worst case is that he's fallen into the trap of thinking he's not alienating the NASCAR fan base by chasing after the "I heart Muchelle" crowd's potential NASACAR fan base overlap.
They got Michelle because the HMFIC is out of town.
With a little effort maybe they could get Rosie to sing the Star Spangled banner.
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