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Wakeup Call: Stay classy, NASCAR … fans boo Michelle Obama at Ford 400 Sprint Cup

Nov 21, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

Michelle Obama

A White House spokesman is downplaying it, but ESPN video clearly caught the crowd booing First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at Sunday’s NASCAR Ford 400 Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Their crime? Appearing as part of their charitable campaign to support military veterans and their families. The two were standing next retired Army Sgt. Andrew Barry and his family when they were introduced, drawing boos.

Or, as ABC News put it:

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.

Video here.

“Dear baby infant Jesus, please bless this bounty of KFC, Taco Bell and Dominoes pizza, and tell the First Lady we do not appreciate her charity work on behalf of wounded veterans. Shake and bake, amen.”

The two did, however, receive a standing ovation at the pre-race driver’s meeting on Sunday.


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  1. lewp - Nov 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    It has to be embarrassing to boo someone at an event to support our wounded wariors right?

    Politics aside, how do you boo the someone who wants to support this country and it’s troops?

  2. sparty0n - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Lets get the record straight – Sgt Barry and his family were introduced and there were no boos. The boos only started after Obama and Biden’s names were announced. As a veteran, and as an American that support wounded veterans’ programs, I can say that the boos did not offend me at all. It is a rare chance for REAL Americans to voice their opinion to our out of touch politicians.

    What are we do do, cheer when their names are annouced for all the wonderful things their husbands have done for the country recently???? Get real! We all know if the crowd had cheered, the media woud have run news stories for a week on how the NASCAR fans love Michelle. Then they would have told us how everyone loves Michelle. Give me a break! Had I been there, I probably would have joined in the chorus of boos.

    • lewp - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Yes, let’s get the record straight.
      The last time I checked, Michelle Obama has never acted as a president.

      Of course the only video of this event were the boos, so how do we know they wern’t booing the veterans as well?

      I too am a veteran and someone who supports wounded veterans’ programs but you don’t hear me booing anything or anyone who supports it.

      I suggest you get real, and make it a point of laying your partician politics aside for a couple of moments in time, and try not to embarrass veterans when we are on public display again.

      • sparty0n - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM


        I was annoyed when I read the slanted article Rick Chandler posted. He tried to take boos for the political mess in Washington and turn in into a story about boos for the vets, and that is just wrong. I hate the way the media slants things. You might not believe me, but I am NOT a tea party card carrying repub. I don’t like either side.

        I recently read a post where some repub referenced a video where Michelle Obama said the media is on our side. This is proof that the media helps out the dems right?? The question was about keeping their children out of the spotlight and protecting them from the frenzy. If you list to the interview, there was a rational explanation as to her answer. My point is, I hate it when the media, including Mr Chandler, mis-represent the facts.

        Back to the story at hand. So, the story is, if you believe Mr Chandler, that the crowd booed the vets. The video is online and the booing does not start until the names are announced. Check it out for yourself, then post.

    • hamstergram - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

      I don’t mean to insult you, spartyon, but you seem to be illiterate. Nowhere in the post does it say, or imply, that the crowd was booing the soldier. Where did you see that? The exact line is, “The two were standing next to retired Army Sgt. Andrew Barry and his family when they were introduced, drawing boos.” “The two” meaning Obama and Biden. Seems you’re the one slanting the news, and reading what you want to see. Face it: The first lady was booed when she appeared in association with a charitable event for veterans, and that’s despicable. I didn’t like the Bush admin., but I wouldn’t boo Laura Bush while she’s reading to school kids in a library. Or any time, for that matter.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 21, 2011 at 11:18 PM

      sparty: If you really are a vet, thank you for your service to our nation!! That said, REAL Americans? Seriously? There are some 300 million REAL Americans, pal. We don’t all share the same tastes in sports or politics or religion or music or movies or anything else. Some of us respect the Presidency, some don’t. You might not think I’m a REAL American, but I get as many votes as you do.

  3. mgscott - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    This is why only a “certain group” of people like nascar.

    • sparty0n - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      yeah…. Americans!

      • hamstergram - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:54 PM

        Like these

      • hoosagolfer1 - Nov 22, 2011 at 11:43 PM

        bakker chewin genuine REDNECKS……yeehaw!!!!!

    • duhgrate1 - Nov 23, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      Yes I have heard of this group. It’s the “sisters become your spouses” group right?

  4. iriserlings - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    “Classy” Nascar audience? That’s an oxymoron.