What Kind of Jerk Jeers at First Lady Michelle Obama?

Michelle Obama booed at NASCAR
Michelle Obama booed at NASCAR this weekend.

First Lady Michelle Obama was booed in Florida this weekend, as she helped kick off the final race of the NASCAR season.

Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden were attending the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, serving as grand marshals and even starting the race, to help bring recognition to our nation’s military families.

Attendees of the event have said after the fact that those shouting down the First Lady were very few, while the great majority of the crowd cheered and welcomed her participation.  NASCAR officials have also argued that they were extremely happy to have her and Jill Biden there to support military families as part of the race celebration.

ABC News blogger Z. Byron Wolf opined, “It is certainly not clear that most or even a lot of the 65,000 fans at the Homestead-Miami Speedway booed. Microphones placed for TV coverage can confuse things. And people who were present at the event did not report that booing was evident to fans in the stands.”  Still, if you listen the videos you can certainly hear it.

I don’t care what your politics are, but I have to say that for me the First Lady of the United States has always had, and should have, protected status.  First Ladies, as a whole, always do their best to support their country, help raise awareness of important issues, and otherwise stay out of the political fray.  I’m all for free speech, but do we need to direct rudeness at Michelle Obama if we don’t like something her husband has done? Or Laura Bush? Or any of the other First Ladies?

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