I’ll admit it, I’m a Sports fan, from Football to Hockey to Curling to NASCAR, I love Sports and I’ll watch it.
So it doesn’t surprise me that NASCAR had invited First Lady Michelle Obama to join them over the weekend for their finale at Miami-Homestead, after all, Mrs. Obama has been working with the “Joining Forces” initiative since its inception.
And if there is any sport that dedicates itself, goes above the beyond for our Military, it’s NASCAR. The NFL is an extremely distant second.
It also doesn’t surprise me, that in today’s extremely partisan US, that the First Lady would be booed by some fans at Miami-Homestead as she spoke those famous words of “Gentleman, start your engines.”
But I wonder, if Mrs. Obama was accompanied with a few Military Wives, or a Soldier or two, or even with Tom Hanks, would the Boo-Birds still have squawked?
Or maybe the Media reports are making more out of it then is really needed? I mean what other First Lady had ever been shunned in Public as Michelle Obama was last Sunday? Elizabeth Monroe, Rachel Jackson, Mary Lincoln, Elizabeth Truman, and Hillary Clinton to name a few that were not popular or shunned by many.
But Mrs. Obama is a popular First Lady. Recent polls show her sitting at 63% amongst registered voters with 42% Republicans giving her thumbs up.
Mrs. Obama ranks above average on Popularity amongst First Ladies: Pat Nixon and Rosalyn Carter were both around 59%, Laura Bush was a favorable 82%, and shockingly Nancy Reagan had a 53% approval rating.
First Ladies, like that of their Husbands, have had some sort of controversy as well. Mrs. Obama’s controversies seem to grow further in today’s Internet age.
But truly, Sunday’s NASCAR finale and Mrs. Obama’s involvement was for our Military, yet leave it to the golden mic Blowhard Limbaugh to fuel the flames a little bit longer come Monday morning.
According to Limbaugh, the boo-birds were flying towards the First Lady due to our current economic climate and for the “Gods and Guns” remarks by then Senator Obama back in 2008.
“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Of course, the then Senator wasn’t talking about Rednecks nor NASCAR, he was talking about the state of small town America.
If there is any American Sport that is hurting because of these economic times, it’s NASCAR and its fan base.
Race teams live by the Sponsorship and as many teams consolidate due to lose of sponsorships, they too lay off employees from engine builders, pit crews and drivers. Even current champ Tony Stewart is hurting to keep his two team operation afloat with sponsorships.
Rumors that his #14 team will lose their Office Depot sponsor before the 2012 season begins. And of course many in Congress are looking to cut Military spending which would include the #39 Army sponsor.
When you think about, NASCAR is the best advertiser for the Military and cheaper than a regular TV ad as well.
Limbaugh needs to brush up on his NASCAR because this ain’t the old Redneck NASCAR of old. Nope, gone are the days of Tobacco sponsors and Bobby Allison. Welcome Corporate Suites above the front straight away and Yankees from New York behind the wheel of that Toyota Camry.
Every economic level is represented in the stands, pits and at home watching. Fans go to the races with the I-pads linked to the in car cameras and headsets linked to their favorite drivers and loyal these fans are.
Limbaugh also went on to explain that the boo-birds were there for Mrs. Obama for her “telling us what to eat” or “how much to exercise” or “what we’ve got to drive.” Well, then I guess all those years that Pres Reagan had Arnold Swarchenegger running his President’s Council on Physical Fitness was wrong then as well.
Now how long was that council around? Oh yeah 1956! So I guess we’ve been told how much to exercise for over 6 decades, brought to us by Republican Pres Eisenhower.
Limbaugh is correct that “We are tired of being told what to do” which would explain why Nancy Reagan’s “Just say No” anti-drug campaign is considered a failure because Americans are tired of being told what to do.
And Limbaugh is correct that “We are tired of 14% Unemployment” which is more to explain that a “Do-Nothing” partisan Congress would rather sit on padded seats and point fingers at the other instead of actually doing something.
I blame the likes of Limbaugh and Grover Norquist for pushing partisanship on the Republican side as I do the likes of George Soros on the Democrats.
The current elected losers don’t want to meet in agreement for they will be bashed and campaigned against from within. Neither side wants to give the other an edge, why would they, it’s easier to stall and shrug their shoulders.
Imagine if the now defaulted Super Committee actually resolved issue and things turned around, than it’s very easy to say Pres “O” has a greater chance of being re-elected. But if they resolve issue and nothing changes, then Pres “O’s” chances slip.
In the words of Minority Senate Leader Mitch McConnell “My #1 priority is to defeat Pres Obama in 2012”
Psst! Hey morons, America is dying and it’s your collective elected asses on the line in 2012 as well!
The boo-birds heard at Miami-Homestead was a collective minority that had their right to boo, just like those who booed gay Army Ranger Stephen Hill during a GOP debate a few months back. And if I recall, Limbaugh applauded those that booed then as well.
So this is how we respond to those who serve in our Military or those trying to help Military families, compliance with negativity. We should be so thankful to those that put their lives on the on line everyday to protect us.
And what level of Call to Duty MW3 are you on now today as these people protect us?
Crush the partisanship for we shall only stay in a void until someone steps forward, yes Congress I’m speaking to you…
The Guinness has gone dry and no one filled the peanut bowl, time to pay the political tab.