Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on August 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama went into unchartered territory yesterday: NASCAR.  He graciously welcomed last year’s NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson to the White House, but managed to blow the history of the racing circuit:

You know, it’s fitting that you’ve all come here to the White House — the American people’s house — because NASCAR is a uniquely American sport.  Since its humble beginnings, when moonshiners raced on the sands of Daytona Beach during prohibition, it’s grown into a sport with tens of millions of fans here in America and around the world.

There’s no doubt that NASCAR has its roots in the moonshine business, but Daytona Beach isn’t where they raced.  Daytona Beach was home to speed trials between 1902 and the early 1930s, when those trials moved to the Bonneville Salt Flats to avoid the winds at Daytona.  The first stock car race at Daytona Beach didn’t take place until 1936, three years after the repeal of Prohibition.  Big Bill France put together the first race at Daytona Beach, and eleven years later in 1947 founded NASCAR. (h/t HA reader Benderball)

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All those dudes will be in Bristol, TN this weekend…Sharpie 500.

Bristol…racin’ the way it oughtta be…

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Good grief! Can’t this guy get anything right???

Voice of Reason on August 20, 2009 at 8:09 AM

But what about NASCAR’s evil contributions to global warming? /sarc

Liam on August 20, 2009 at 8:09 AM

oboobi could eff up a wet dream, go army #39 ryan newman….

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Obama has a theory that his massive, off the charts I.Q. will magically osmose itself into the skulls of his crack research team of 21 year olds but so far the theory isn’t holding up.

jeff_from_mpls on August 20, 2009 at 8:10 AM

I heard FDR was watching the first stock car race at Daytona on one of them thar TVs.

WordsMatter on August 20, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Eh

I don’t blame him

I don’t know Jack Shi’ite about Nascar

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:10 AM

So…history is not his thing either?

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:11 AM

I don’t blame him

I don’t know Jack Shi’ite about Nascar

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:10 AM

It’s a southern redneck thing…you wouldn’t understand.

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:12 AM

And to think he was going to sponsor a Nascar team during the primaries.
Way to go oilsoc!

deadenders on August 20, 2009 at 8:12 AM

I blame TOTUS. The Teleprompter wants to make Dear Leader look bad because it is jealous, thinks it should be president instead of The One.

Seriously, someone has to be writing all this for the guy, don’t they have any fact checkers at the White House?

rbj on August 20, 2009 at 8:12 AM

You know, it’s fitting that you’ve all come here to the White House — the American people’s house — because NASCAR is a uniquely American sport.

I’m sorry, but I wrote better speeches than that when I was a newbie intern 20+ years ago. It’s just so goofy.

BigD on August 20, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Hey! Give TOTUS a break. It’s using Wikipedia for his source material.

Seriously though, if the filthy liar in the White House is going to make these statements, he’d be well advised to do a better job at reading the background info.

highhopes on August 20, 2009 at 8:12 AM

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:12 AM

You’d be surprised how many redneck, NASCAR lovin’, Ford F350 drivin’ sons’O’guns we have around here

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:13 AM

Honestly, this is a class issue. People look upon NASCAR as a blue-collar sport.

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:14 AM

I liked the snark on this matter over here:

I think it took a couple weeks to find someone to explain NASCAR to a Hyde Park attorney.

“He’s a driver you say? Whose driver? You mean there’s not anybody in the back seat? No back seat? Fascinating. So this is a fuel economy competition then?”

apostic on August 20, 2009 at 8:14 AM

You know, it’s fitting that you’ve all come here to the White House — the American people’s house —

I thought we learned from Gatesgate that it was the filthy liar’s house.

highhopes on August 20, 2009 at 8:14 AM

I’m torn between saying to the president Please. Shut. Up.
and wanting him to keep talking because he is such an idiot.

B Man on August 20, 2009 at 8:14 AM

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:13 AM

I’d be better off blocking the tv during the Super Bowl than during the Daytona 500. I learn quick.

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:15 AM

I’m sorry, but I wrote better speeches than that when I was a newbie intern 20+ years ago. It’s just so goofy.

BigD on August 20, 2009 at 8:12 AM

You say goofy, I say forced. Clearly this is one of those photo-ops the filthy liar has no interest in.

highhopes on August 20, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Obama uses high-school kids who have Wikipedia bookmarked for everything from head of state protocol to race relations to healthcare to the economy. But I am surprised he didn’t manage to get Wendell Scott’s name in there somewhere.

genso on August 20, 2009 at 8:16 AM

I’d be better off blocking the tv during the Super Bowl than during the Daytona 500. I learn quick.

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:15 AM

my wife learned quickly also but it’s all good.

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

meh. . . you are stretching for things to find fault with here. I’m a NASCAR fan (Richard Petty fan). Earnhardt and the Pettys are my neighbors. I live about 10 miles from the Victory Junction Gang Camp for sick kids.

I am glad that he recognized NASCAR. I wouldn’t fault him for getting facts about prohibition wrong. But their purpose was to find the fastest drivers who could get the moonshine shipments through without being busted by the revenuers. That was in the day where you could outrun the cops and they didn’t have radios.

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

He sees a whole bunch of Cash-for-Clunkers candidates running around a big oval getting 5 mpg.

Under the bus with them!

Yoop on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

I would encourage Obama to go out to the next NASCAR race. That would be comedy gold.

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Honestly, this is a class issue. People look upon NASCAR as a blue-collar sport.

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Frankly, I’m not much of a fan. I like when they come to the area twice a year and give the local economy an infusion of cash, but I hate the traffic.

I don’t watch them on tv and I’ve never been to a race.

Who wants to watch 130,000 screaming drunks fight over who’s favorite driver is better? Seriously…

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

That’s what happens when you have a Elitist Staff informing a Elitist President about Nascar.

kingsjester on August 20, 2009 at 8:18 AM

So,if there was racing at Daytona Beach,and moonshiners
were racing their cars,I would bet the bank,that they
would of been,Liberal Kool-Aid Utopian Democrat drivers!

And me thinks Hopey/Changey has some disdain for
so-called bitter/gun/clingers/bible/birthers/crazy
Obama Anti Government HealthCare Nascar Racing Fans!(Sarc).

canopfor on August 20, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Honestly, this is a class issue. People look upon NASCAR as a blue-collar sport.

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:14 AM

The people who make America work best! Elitists like Obama don’t get that, though.

Liam on August 20, 2009 at 8:19 AM

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

LOL. My Colombian born New York City raised mom is a rabid fan.

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:19 AM

We all know Obama smokes, but as these stupid things keep rolling out, I have to wonder WHAT he smokes. Even if he knows less than nothing about NASCAR, whic is pretty much the case with me too, one would think he’d either do the research or just shut the heck up about it. That has got to be some medical explaination why a man in his position would feel compelled to talk about something he knows nothings about and try to reinforce his image with spouting fact that are not facts. If he had got it right it would gain him nothing. Getting it wrong was unnecessary. So, what is the reason for talking about it at all?

MikeA on August 20, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Who wants to watch 130,000 screaming drunks fight over who’s favorite driver is better? Seriously…

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

awww c’mon now, that’s not fair,we don’t fight everone knows it’s #39 ryan newman…..

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:20 AM

The almighty sez:

Since its humble beginnings, when moonshiners raced on the sands of Daytona Beach during prohibition

… and FDR went on national television to tell the world about it.

UltimateBob on August 20, 2009 at 8:21 AM

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:19 AM

I work with some of those rabid fans….

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:21 AM

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

It is such a passion in my family that when Dale Sr. died I ran to phone to call my dad to comfort him. My dad has his Earnhardt shrine and Chris messes with him by rooting for Jeff Gordon (aka Anti-Christ to Earnhardt fans). We bought Jacob a Gordon outfit when he was a newborn to rile my dad.

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:21 AM

awww c’mon now, that’s not fair,we don’t fight everone knows it’s #39 ryan newman…..

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:20 AM

See? I thought it was Jr….

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:22 AM

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:21 AM

lol. :-)

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:22 AM

I don’t know how people can watch NASCAR

I can watch for a couple of laps

Then I’m dying of boredom

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:23 AM

See? I thought it was Jr….

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:22 AM

jr……who? /s

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:23 AM

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Jeff Gordon?

Those are fightin’ words!

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:24 AM

… and FDR went on national television to tell the world about it.

UltimateBob on August 20, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Don’t forget the all important Williams Jennings Bryan NASCAR-blog.

rbj on August 20, 2009 at 8:24 AM

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:21 AM

So how is your dad taking Jr. joining Gordon at Hendrick’s?

genso on August 20, 2009 at 8:24 AM

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:23 AM

You can actually watch a couple of laps? You’re doing better than me…

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Makes GWB look like a genius.

singlemalt_18 on August 20, 2009 at 8:24 AM

I only root for the drivers that I think are hot. I had a serious Dale Jarrett thing going a few years ago. If I am going to have to watch, I am going to have fun with it.

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Who wants to watch 130,000 screaming drunks fight over who’s favorite driver is better? Seriously…

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Party Pooper.

I’m not into NASCAR but I’d put the fans collective values ahead of the filthy liar in the White House any day.

highhopes on August 20, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Piff,Nascar supporter,meanwhile Obama has
put the death penalty on all of the cars
traded in,no exception!!

An automoble holocaust is going on all around
him,and he claims to support Nascar!!(Snark).

canopfor on August 20, 2009 at 8:25 AM

,we don’t fight everone knows it’s #39 ryan newman…..

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Traditionalists hate it, but Juan Montoya is the best driver currently. I have to believe that the cut tire was sabotage last week. He’s got the best equipment now from DEI and he’s the best driver of any of them.

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:25 AM

That’s my sister’s philosophy…but I don’t find any of them hot enough to endure watching a race.

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM

NASCAR > Formula One

That’s all I have to say on this subject.

Rightwingguy on August 20, 2009 at 8:27 AM

I’m not into NASCAR or any other sport but Obama is right about one thing (for once): It’s uniquely American. That makes NASCAR great.

Liam on August 20, 2009 at 8:27 AM

highhopes on August 20, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Back off…

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:27 AM

I’m not into NASCAR but I’d put the fans collective values ahead of the filthy liar in the White House any day.

highhopes on August 20, 2009 at 8:25 AM

i knew there was a reason other than your writeing that i like you…..

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:27 AM

I still remember Ronald Reagan giving Junior Johnson a pardon for his moonshine running conviction.

If you ever get a chance to see the movie The Petty Story, I highly recommend it. There are some very funny scenes in it.

Go Jeff Gordon!

backwoods conservative on August 20, 2009 at 8:27 AM

I’m not into NASCAR or any other sport but Obama is right about one thing (for once): It’s uniquely American. That makes NASCAR great.

Liam on August 20, 2009 at 8:27 AM

I will agree with this.

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:28 AM

So how is your dad taking Jr. joining Gordon at Hendrick’s?

genso on August 20, 2009 at 8:24 AM

I try to drown most of the talk out. My dad is very disappointed in Jr. They were talking about the fact that he doesn’t have the passion that his daddy had during the last race. Something about missing the chase? I try to slip out quietly.

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:28 AM

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Uh oh, watch out on this thread. For the record, many people (like me) think he’s an arrogant schmuck.

He got married in the the city of Cartagena, Colombia and left such a bad impression that I still hear the complaints when I’m down there.

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:29 AM

…when moonshiners raced on the sands of Daytona Beach during prohibition…

All I know more about NASCAR is from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and I know that is wrong.

Rightwingguy on August 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM

You’d think the owner of Chrysler and Government Motors would know his stock car history better…

jon1979 on August 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM

here to the White House — the American people’s house

At least he didn’t call it “my house” this time. So there’s that.

cs89 on August 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM

How much would you pay to see this putz show up at a NASCAR race in mom jeans?

TXUS on August 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Traditionalists hate it, but Juan Montoya is the best driver currently.

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM

I’m not into NASCAR or any other sport but Obama is right about one thing (for once): It’s uniquely American. That makes NASCAR great.

Liam on August 20, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Oh oh. Juan Montoya is not uniquely American as I understand it.

All auto racing is too repetitive, too loud for me.

BigD on August 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM

really now… sabotage c’mon just like when he was flagged for speeding on pit row, it’s controled electronically, no people holding a radar gun…

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:31 AM

TXUS on August 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM

He would be booed out of the Track. Or you would hear crickets chirping when he was announced.

kingsjester on August 20, 2009 at 8:31 AM

Uh oh, watch out on this thread. For the record, many people (like me) think he’s an arrogant schmuck.

I never have liked Montoya, and I’ve been a Formula 1 fan for a long time.

backwoods conservative on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Hey….he called it (the White House) the American people’s house…and not his own.

That’s a start!!!

bridgetown on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

How much would you pay to see this putz show up at a NASCAR race in mom jeans?

TXUS on August 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Ridicule would be taken to an entirely new level :)

sherry on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM

go army #39 ryan newman….

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

All I know more about NASCAR is from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and I know that is wrong.

Rightwingguy on August 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM

LOL

RICKAY BOBBY!

SHAKE N BAKE!

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

kingsjester on August 20, 2009 at 8:31 AM

It would be hilarious!

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

I can almost understand The One’s apathy regarding NASCAR. It is just like driving the DC beltway, only a little slower and not as much traffic.

Laura in Maryland on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:26 AM

NASCAR > Formula One

That’s all I have to say on this subject.

Rightwingguy on August 20, 2009 at 8:27 AM

RightWinguy: Excellent choice,NHRA Drag Racing,short and
sweet,and Tractor Pulls,thumping ground sha
ing torque!:)

canopfor on August 20, 2009 at 8:33 AM

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Absolutely, he’s a jerk. But that’s why NASCAR needs him so much. He is VERY good at what he does. He understands all the nuances of the sport and plays to win.

NASCAR’s problem was they got too many pretty boys. They need the fighters to make it interesting. Montoya is trying to be on his best behavior as a foreigner. He is the best driver by a long shot. Now he has the equipment (that Dale Jr. was supposed to get before he left) and he’s running up front.

I expect if Montoya doesn’t have a bit of bad luck in the first few chase races, he’ll be the guy to beat for the cup even though he hasn’t won this year.

Jr. made the dumbest move ever going to Hendrick. They can’t handle that many egos. Johnson, Gordon, and Earnhardt. He should have gone to Gibbs if he wanted to go somewhere. Now he’ll be an average racer at best for his career.

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 8:33 AM

100 years ago yesterday was the 1st race at …what the heck, cant recall the racetrack. Dang!

Anyway…I saw it on Fox, Sheps segment on 100 years ago today. Obama must not watch Fox. haha

becki51758 on August 20, 2009 at 8:33 AM

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:28 AM

LOL Since my dad died a couple years ago, my 76 yo mom has become a big fan. She TIVO’s the races. I go to her for all my NASCAR updates.

genso on August 20, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Laura in Maryland on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

lol you always make me laugh

lol

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Crap,should be shaking,not shaing!Ugh.

canopfor on August 20, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Good grief! Can’t this guy get anything right???

Voice of Reason on August 20, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Pehaps some one should show him the horses under the hood?

Rovin on August 20, 2009 at 8:35 AM

backwoods conservative on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Don’t get me wrong he’s a good driver and my family loves him but I’ve heard him interviewed and sound arrogant in 2 languages. lol

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Shhh! Don’t type so loud. The Trolls will wake up.

kingsjester on August 20, 2009 at 8:36 AM

go army #39 ryan newman….

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Come on now, don’t make me say something bad about Newman. I like Newman a lot too but he has rubbed people the wrong way from time to time too. I’m glad he and Tony teamed up. I wish them all the success in the world.

But the view from the track shows Montoya running strong and getting stronger (even through adversity – speeding cost him the brickyard, cut tire nearly put him in the wall last week).

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 8:36 AM

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 8:33 AM

TA I’m going to agree with you but I’m out of my depth on this subject. My mom is the rabid groupie. lol!

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:37 AM

I bet Obama’s never even heard of Fireball Roberts. Or Junior Johnson for that matter.

Percy_Peabody on August 20, 2009 at 8:37 AM

what a dipshit he is. he wants me to pay more in electricity & he wants to bankrupt the coal industry, but he lauds NASCAR?

and hey, i am a NASCAR fan. big Virginia sport!

kelley in virginia on August 20, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Don’t get me wrong he’s a good driver and my family loves him but I’ve heard him interviewed and sound arrogant in 2 languages. lol

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:35 AM

A$$hole is a universal language.

backwoods conservative on August 20, 2009 at 8:38 AM

In the South here, that is worse then misquoting the bible…

right2bright on August 20, 2009 at 8:38 AM

I bought my dad a dvd of Stroker Ace a few years ago. It is one of his all-time favorites.

TXMomof3 on August 20, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Laura in Maryland on August 20, 2009 at 8:32 AM

So…no right turns on the Beltway?

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:39 AM

I used to watch NASCAR last year a lot

Simply because it had some of the best HD I had ever seen

I swear I could see the tattoo on a hooker’s back

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:39 AM

we shall see when the chase is over and the real raceing begins………….steward haas baby…. go army #39 ryan newman.

SHARPTOOTH on August 20, 2009 at 8:39 AM

thats how clear it was

so kudos to NASCAHHH

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:40 AM

what a dipshit he is. he wants me to pay more in electricity & he wants to bankrupt the coal industry, but he lauds NASCAR?and hey, i am a NASCAR fan. big Virginia sport!

kelley in virginia on August 20, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Well…as head of GM and Chrysler, he does have a major investment in NASCAR….just saying.

genso on August 20, 2009 at 8:40 AM

A$$hole is a universal language.

backwoods conservative on August 20, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Heh. It really is. You can just look at someone and know they have a high opinion of themselves. Wait now who does that remind me of….no don’t help me it’ll come to mind…

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:42 AM

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Blasphemer…

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Blasphemer…

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:42 AM

I can’t take it

watching a car do what

500 laps? it’s like watching AP tweet for 5 hours

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Shhh! Don’t type so loud. The Trolls will wake up.

kingsjester on August 20, 2009 at 8:36 AM

I’m not sure how much the liberal trolls would know about racing, although they probably have some version of drag racing out in San Francisco.

backwoods conservative on August 20, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Simply because it had some of the best HD I had ever seen

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Bingo. It really is amazing to watch a race on HD.

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 8:44 AM

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:44 AM

LOL

Bristol is n 1/2 mile track – it’s like driving in a washing machine.

I can’t stand it.

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:44 AM

I mean I respect NASCAR
That thar is some hard pipin high octane vehicular operation

so yea, i wish i could drive like that

i just cant watch it for so long

but i think it might be cool to go to the actual race

and get the headset to listen in

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 8:45 AM

backwoods conservative on August 20, 2009 at 8:44 AM

I have been to the drags. Once.

ladyingray on August 20, 2009 at 8:46 AM

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