For the first time, I was excited to see the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden! They were in Homestead for the last NASCAR race of the season. Only three points separated Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart, so everyone was anticipating a great race.
Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden were there to promote the Joining Forces Initiative. They were there to recognize military servicemen and women and their families.
"For both Jill and I, this is our first NASCAR race. And this is a huge race," Obama said. "It's a big deal. The fact that NASCAR is taking the time ... during what is probably the most tense time of their whole race season, that they're putting the focus on all of you, is just what we want you to know."
Obama and Biden also visited the drivers' meeting, where the First Lady told the competitors to be safe, and also and talked of her Joining Forces mission. "We just wanted to stop by, because NASCAR has been so supportive, not just today but everyday, of our military families," she said. "... Just as you all know, you couldn't be doing what you're doing without your families, these military families are stepping up in ways that are amazing. Days like this remind them that they do have a country that cares and appreciates what they do."
I was actually proud to see Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden, along with Sgt. Andrew Barry, his wife, and four sons, give the command to "start your engines!" What I was horrified at was the fact that people chose to be so petty as to boo the First Lady and Dr. Biden. Who does that? (That's a rhetorical question! I'm very aware of who does that!) I can sorta understand if they were to boo the President or Vice President. Those two ran for office and it's part of the job. These women have done nothing but support their husbands and didn't deserve this, especially since they were there to do good and support our troops. I've never been a fan of either lady, but come on. Show some respect. You just make the NASCAR community look worse and more backwards than before.
I was also worried about the four children. They don't completely understand what is going on. I worried that the younger ones would think THEY were being booed. Maybe I just worry too much. Maybe not enough. I don't know. All I do know is, there is NO EXCUSE for booing these women! RRROOOAAAAARRRR!!~