Michelle Obama, Jill Biden Booed At Start Of NASCAR Race
It was a minority of the crowd to be sure, but some of the people at yesterday’s NASCAR race didn’t like who was there as a special guest:
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.”
It’s dumb, really. Who boos the First Lady to begin with, especially when she’s there to promote a program that helps veterans? I get that politics has become polarized and personal in recent years, but are there no more lines left?
Here’s the video, via Mediaite: