King Putt will honor NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and the eleven other Chase drivers from last year in a White House ceremony on Wednesday, September 7th—but nearly half of the 2010 playoff contenders won't be there.
NASCAR said Thursday that five drivers—Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart—will not be attending the White House visit due to "schedule conflicts."
Jeff Gluck, who is reporting the snub, bellyaches that, “For a sport that prides itself on patriotism, having so many drivers turn down the president’s invitation simply seems strange.”
Robbie Cooper, at Urban Grounds, thinks Jeff is getting wrapped around the axle. Cooper thinks “[T]his move will actually make these exceptionally patriotic drivers even more popular with their even-more patriotic fans. NASCAR fans don’t like Obama precisely because of his disdain for the very things that NASCAR fans love: fast cars, guns, Bibles, America…”
Rick Moran steers the conversation in a different direction. “The sneering condescension of the left for "NASCAR Dads" has not gone unnoticed among the ranks of drivers—most of whom have a pretty good PR sense when it comes to their fans. Like C&W singers, the bond between a driver and his fans is very close and it is not surprising that since most fans of NASCAR have strong feelings against the president, that drivers would forgo the opportunity to be a prop in his re-election campaign.”
“As for Gluck's ‘patriotism’ shot—is he really equating patriotism with being an extra in a campaign commercial for a candidate they don't support? Besides, I don't recall hearing that argument during the Bush years when dozens of lefties from every walk of life dissed Bush by either turning down invitations, or by showing up and ‘speaking truth to power.’ Politics is politics and what's good for one side, is good for the other.”
“You go, boys.”
Being neither a king nor a god, Americans are not at the beck and call of the errand boy sent by grocery clerks. This “snub” serves as a delightful reminder for President Present.