First lady & Mrs. Biden greeted with boos at NASCAR event
November 21st, 2011
12:32 PM ET
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First lady & Mrs. Biden greeted with boos at NASCAR event

(CNN) - The White House didn’t quite get the reaction it was hoping for at the season-finale NASCAR event Sunday that featured a special appearance by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.

Obama and Biden were honorary grand marshals at the event in an effort to highlight their Joining Forces campaign – a cause that spotlights veteran issues and seeks to provide assistance to service members and their families.


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  1. Cesar

    They can eat it.....only a lame brain would pay to watch cars going in circles ......Lame...

    November 21, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. NameLarry

    No surprise given the type of crowd that venue attracts, all that's missing is an unlimited supply of mountain dew and chewing tabbacco

    November 21, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. tlmess

    forgive the uneducated, redneck, repubics, for they know not what they do.

    November 21, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Duke One

    That's what happens when you go and hate America ! By this time next year they'll be outta here ! Come on 2012 !!

    November 21, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. margeatlarge

    i hope these two women take into consideration the source–this is the same mentality that boo'ed a soldier serving his country–unfortunatly it takes all kinds but it would be cool to show some respect

    November 21, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Larry L

    These are people who pay large sums of money to watch cars go around in circle and secretly hope for an accident.
    What a brave and honorable bunch of Americans who boo two women trying to do something good for veteren's and their families. I'll bet their children are proud of mom and dad...

    It motivates me to write a large check for President Obama's campaign. America can't survive leadership these peple would support.

    November 21, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Boy ol' Boy

    It's three things in the world that cause people to act stupid and say stupid things out of their mouths whenever there is a disagreement: sports, politics, and religion. For some reason, people have no sense of respect, class, or perspective for differences. It's worse on blogs, because people lose all control over their emotions as they fire away on the keyboard! Some adults are ridiculous. You just have to shake your head........

    November 21, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Stupidity2darnhigh

    Is this suppose to be surprising?! I don't understand how going around in a circle a million times at high speeds is considered......a sport.

    November 21, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Brian

    It is about having class can clearly this crowd of people have none. Their small minds cant get anything out other than sounds, like boo. What a bunch of idiots!

    November 21, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. patrickalgonac

    Buying a ticket does not give license to act like an idiot. Booing a driver is one thing. Booing two ladies who are there to help vets shows immatturity, bigotry, and a plain lack of class. As a long time NASCAR fan, I apologize to Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden and ask them to remember that all race fans are not low lifes.

    November 21, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. CNN; The Masters of Spin

    You ignorant Liberals really do beliieve that you are so intellectual & so far above the many times did you boo Bush? I don't blame the boos....she deserved what she got because she did NOT wnat to be there....after all, she does believe she is above every NASCAR fan! Dems are #1 when it comes to denegrating.....just look at your fearless leader himself; he doesn't have any problem with dissing this great country anywhere in the world he goes!

    November 21, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Stop the Charade

    Considering the fact that the majority of these "fans" are there either to see a fiery crash or because of a lack of imaginiation, I would take their booing as a compliment.

    November 21, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. MarkB

    ....shame on NASCAR fans booing support for the troops.

    November 21, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Workorshutup

    Maybe these people aren't as stupid as the Obama's assumed. Maybe they are tired of watching She-Obama jet around the world taking vacations on the American working man's dime. Just maybe.

    November 21, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Freedom of speech.

    What else can you say...freedom of speech. And they seem to not like either one of these h0es.

    November 21, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. jk from MN

    What do you expect from the South – certainly not any respect!

    November 21, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. PA_outofwork

    Not hard to believe the First lady & Mrs. Biden would get booed given their views versus the NASCAR audience views on things.

    November 21, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. ShawnCO

    The right daily indoctrinates its followers with the message that not only is it acceptable to personally demonize those with whom you disagree, it is in fact your patriotic duty. Civility and respect are seen as signs of weakness proving you're not truly an American.

    Until we begin calling people out for this destructive and boorish behavior it will likely only get worse. Many a talk show pundit and an entire media empire are furiously sewing the seeds of division; it's up to us whether we let them succeed.

    November 21, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. joe

    OMG!! you have got to be kidding me. how weak it that? booing the first lady. what has she ever done to you? if this crowd really does not love living in this country why don't they move. i hear somalia has no taxes and no govt. this is what they are looking for. i say go ahead and move if you think its better somewhere else.

    November 21, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Rick

    Back at the woman from california

    "this" crowd is just as much American and honest as any group you might belong to.

    Jet use to ideas different from yours, more are on the way in one more year

    November 21, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. nathaniel lindsey

    what do you have for Racing fans? They are the ones that keep Rush and the murdochs rich. They only believe what they are told to believe when it comes to politics

    November 21, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. pravaa

    CNN, I wonder what goes through your mind to publish such drivel. What do these boos mean at all in the larger context of the country or 2012? Are those booing the deciding votes in the 2012 presidential election or the all important Florida vote in 2012? A politician or his family goes anywhere, there will be a smattering of boos amongst cheers or vice -versa. And CNN goes and writes an entire article on the "sound strength" of these boos and were they heard or not? I mean come on. There is a limit to pathetic make up articles to cover space and this falls in that one. President Obama was here in Ann Arbor in May 2010 for the U of M convocation. There were a sizable number of protesters in the distance and a cheering 90000 plus audience. I didn't see that covered. Did you evaluate if those "boos" played a role in the 2010 election? Grow up CNN.

    November 21, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Republican who supports President Obama

    Disgusting display. Disgusted. What have these fine ladies done to draw such a response. This has gone on for far too long. Fox News and the GOP are the main culprits of this. Sarah Palin, Bachmann, Limbaugh, and the teaparty are to blame. This is an embarrassment to our nation for such a toxic environment. I am ashamed but not shocked. The speaker of the House and the Minority Leader of the Senate should begin to look at how the fabric of this nation is torn b/c their actions.

    Grow up America. Respect one another. Grow up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Stevie

    Haha! What did they expect?? A warm welcome?? That would be like Mrs. Bush going to obama`s racist Jeremia Wright church and expecting praise LOL

    November 21, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Big George in Big D

    The purpose was great but those people need to realize the American people are hurting and the Nobama administration just isn't really popular right now! By the way, I want say thanks to all the idiot that vote that man into office. You have screwed us royally!

    November 21, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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