Michelle Obama Booed – Michelle Obama and Jill Biden were booed by NASCAR fans before the start of the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. The appearance was part of an initiative to honors military troops and families. They first lady and vice president’s wife also served as grand marshals for the big race.
At the beginning of the race, an announcer introduced the two women, who were met with a loud combination of both cheers and boos. This is hardly the first time the first and second lady have been booed at a sporting event. Their appearance at World Series games in both 2009 and 2011 were met with a less-than-warm welcome.
Obama and Biden served as Ford 400 Grand Marshals, where they addressed the drivers’ meeting Sunday afternoon before presiding over the ceremonial starting of the engines for Sunday’s race.
The First Lady and Biden were invited to the season-ending event to bring awareness to their Joining Forces initiative, which supports military families.
“I know this is a big day for all of you so we’re not going to take up your time because you need to be focused,” Obama said. “We just wanted to stop by and say thank you. NASCAR has just been amazing in terms of its support not just today, but everyday of military families.”
“These military families are stepping up in ways that are amazing. Days like this just remind them they do have a country that cares and appreciates what they do, and it means so much to them,” she said.
Obama and Biden attended a special barbeque lunch with service members and their families in advance of giving the “Gentlemen, start your engines” order for the 3:20 p.m. race. As they performed that function, boos could be prominently heard before the roar of the engines.