After receiving a standing ovation from drivers during a pre-race drivers meeting on Sunday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden were unceremoniously booed at NASCAR’s final race of the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The two women were there honor military men and women and their families and to draw further attention to the companies who have stepped up to hire returning vets and their spouses as part of the Joining Forces initiative.
Here is a snippet of the First Lady’s comments on Sunday.
We know you guys are moms out there — moms and dads juggling it all alone while someone is deployed. For all the military kids out there, we want the whole country to know we know that you’re sacrificing as well. That it’s not easy to have your mom and dad away from home for long periods of time, but you guys are strong. You guys are leaders in your own right. You’re taking care of your parents. You’re getting good grades. And I know you’re eating your vegetables, right?
So we are so proud of all of you, and all of this is for you. Everyone around the country is focused on you. And this isn’t just an effort today. Jill and I through Joining Forces, we want to make this a part of the dialogue in this country forever. Whether Jill or I are here or not, whether this administration is here or not, this is about the way we want this country to talk about our troops, veterans and military families forever. We want you to feel that appreciation and that gratitude so that you know your sacrifice is not in vain. People care about you. They care about what you’ve done, and this is just our way of shining whatever spotlight we have on the sacrifices that you make.
So we are so proud of you all. Have a great day. Have fun. There’s that smile. I know it’s like too many lights and cameras, but have fun, kids. Make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, and we’re going to keep looking out for you all. So thank you so much. Jill and I are going to come and say hello. Thank you, guys. We’re proud of you.
For this, they were booed.
Video from Mediaite:
I understand political animosity. I understand that there are a lot of Americans who take issue with President Obama and Democrats, in general. I can even understand booing the president himself. But booing Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden when they are doing so much to help militiary families is a shameful and embarassing act. I wonder how many of those that booed have family members in the military that may benefit from the efforts of these two fine women?