Michelle Obama Booed at NASCAR

Boos, cheers erupt as First Lady appears as grand marshal with Jill Biden
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Suggested by HewHessofHay
Posted Nov 21, 2011 3:53 AM CST
Updated Nov 21, 2011 5:56 AM CST

Michelle Obama didn't exactly drive NASCAR fans wild yesterday. Some fans started booing when Obama and co-grand marshal Jill Biden were introduced at the NASCAR season finale in Homestead-Miami. The women were there as part of the Joining Forces campaign to support veterans and their families. They stood beside retired Army Sgt. Andrew Barry—a military sniper wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan—and his family as they were presented to the throngs.

Barry was loudly applauded, but some boos erupted when Obama and Biden were announced. Obama's handlers played down the crowd's response, saying the boos couldn't really be heard over the general din and cheers. The women received a standing ovation at a pre-race meet with drivers, AP reports. (More NASCAR stories.)

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