First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden were on hand at Sunday’s NASCAR season finale in Miami, where the served as grand marshals of the Sprint Cup Finale in support of their Joining Forces Initiative.
NASCAR fans booed the two as their names were announced just before they gave the “Gentleman, start your engines” command along with retired Army Sgt. Andrew Barry and his family. Mrs. Obama’s communications director, Kristina Schake, issued the following statement, choosing to focus on the positivity of the event:
“Mrs. Obama was proud to join NASCAR in recognizing our nation’s veterans and military families to raise awareness of this important issue for all Americans. As she has always said, she will proudly stand with anyone making a major commitment to serve and honor our military community and yesterday, NASCAR did just that. They paid special tribute to our veterans and military families at the championship race by donating over 5,000 tickets to military families and by honoring Sergeant Berry and his family, true American heroes. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden enjoyed their visit to the speedway and are looking forward to working across the country to honor America’s veterans and military families.”
Video footage from the NASCAR finale is included below, courtesy of Mediaite.
First Lady Michelle Obama Booed at NASCAR Finale