Five NASCAR Drivers Decline President Obama’s White House Invitation- Big Deal?

September 1, 2011 No Comments

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The President of the United States, Barack Obama, is set to honor Jimmie Johnson and 11 other Chase drivers from last year in a ceremony taking place at the White House on Wednesday- However, nearly half the drivers are planning to not show up.

NASCAR made the announcement, that five drivers would not show up for the event at the White House (Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart), all because of “scheduling conflicts”.

Putting politics aside, how do you feel about the decision to ‘reject’ an invitation from the President of the United States? There was a time where one would cancel any plans to spend time with the President, especially when invited to the White House. Do you think we have lost touch with the respect of the oval office?

Sadly, this should have nothing to do with politics, but it does. The speculation grew out of proportion when those five drivers all claimed they had “scheduling conflicts” on a Wednesday afternoon, which hasn’t stopped them in years past.

One would think this would be an excellent opportunity to ‘expose’ this sport on the national scene if not the global scene, but some may not see it the same way.

For those interested: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth will attend.

How do you feel about the decision to reject the invitation?

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