NASCAR comes to the White House
President Obama welcomes Jimmie Johnson and top 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to the East Room in the White House Wednesday.
September 7th, 2011
07:05 PM ET

NASCAR comes to the White House

NASCAR's top drivers including champion Jimmie Johnson came to the White House Wednesday.  President Obama honored Johnson and seven of the top 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship for their efforts to give back to the community especially the military. 

"[W]hat also makes NASCAR special is the difference that it makes in the lives of so many people, especially our troops and their families," the president told the drivers and NASCAR fans gathered in the East Room.  The president noting that the drivers and NASCAR staff served dinner to 400 wounded servicemen at Walter Reed Army Hospital last month.

Wednesday's event was all smiles despite the perception of a flap when some of the top drivers declined the coveted White House invite.  Today's attendees included Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle and Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton.  The driver's presented the president with his own helmet and driving gloves. 

The president joked he would put them to good use.

"I’m not allowed to drive much these days– basically just my golf cart at Camp David– which is called Golf Cart One."

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  1. California Conservative

    It appears they were forced to go.

    Typical gestapo tactics.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  2. Howard

    You can not underestimate the sheer stupidity of people. Proof positive is the current resident of the White House.

    The dems/libs will spend the next year and couple months lying through their teeth and running the most negative campaign in American history. They are working furiously to mobilize the parasites and complete dregs of society, their voting base, to ensure they all get to the polls in 2012 and vote dem.

    If the 2012 election was based on Obama's record and the effects of dem/lib policy on the country then it would be a landslide. However given the despicable dem tactics coupled with a drooling media and voter apathy it's going to be close. So tell all your friends to pay attention.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Rad

      I'm making a pledge. For each post where I see Obama voters like myself called stupid, bots, or other denigrating name, I will knock on a neighbor's door and ask them to vote Obama for 2012, and vote out Tea Party republicans out of Congress. Looks like I will be pretty busy.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Rad; now that is a good idea! I think I, my family and friends will sign on to your pledge. They have tried to I think that will certainly insure him 'FOUR (4) MORE YEARS'! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012! 'YES WE CAN AGAIN'! GO OBAMA!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm |