First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden were grand marshals at todayâ€™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 wasnâ€™t enough to prevent public fallout from the nationâ€™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 â€œmost famous words in motorsports,â€ telling drivers to start their engines.
The pair â€” who co-chair the Joining Forces initiative â€” 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.
The black liberal Democrat First Ho went to a NASCAR race and, what? They thought they would be warmly welcomed?
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