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When the President of the United States asks you to drop by for lunch, you generally find a way to re-arrange your schedule to fit him in. At least that’s how it was previously, back in the days when athletes considered a White House invitation to be an honor.

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That’s not the case with five out of the eleven drivers from last year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship, who have declined an invitation to a White House ceremony on Wednesday, September 7. Sitting the event out will be Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, since all five have “scheduling conflicts” with the ceremony.

Attending on behalf of NASCAR will be Jimmie Johnson (the 2010 Sprint Cup Champion), Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Clint Boyer, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth.

The five drivers declining the ceremony are surely not the first athletes or celebrities to decline a White House event, but the sheer number of drivers declining (45 percent) is enough to raise an eyebrow.

What’s your take on this? Are their motivations political, or do you believe that all five have legitimate scheduling conflicts that can’t be avoided?

[SB Nation]

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  1. I have a friend who couldn't stand the site of George W. Her sister was part of the team that decorated the White House every year for Christmas and she invited my friend along to help. My friend reluctantly said yes. She came back with the most amazing and enthusiastic respect for how our country respects those with differing opinions. My friend actually got to talk to W and they ended up buddies. Let's hope these guys take a step back to realize the potential of what happens when respect governs our decisions.
     
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  2. I hope it is political Obama has got to GO!
     
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  3. Well, he WAS gonna go--and take these guys for a meal at the same time.
     
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  4. Hey how about this - the drivers make a deal to go to Obamas little lunch deal if ... Obama promises he will go to congress when he wants to get approval or to pass legislation like the constitution says you should do. even NASCAR drivers have rules they abide by , why is King Obama any different?
     
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  5. That's the difference between the former and current occupants of the White House... Class and no class... humility and arrogance. BHO is thin skinned and has no respect for anyone who dares to believe differently than he. It's highly unlikely BHO or his handlers would allow anyone near him who wasn't a bootlicker, much less engage such a person in friendly conversation.
     
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  6. I thought he was a Democrat? ......
     
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  7. And you know this from your time as a Secret Service agent?
     
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  8. Wait....so because race car drivers won't go to the White House, the PRESIDENT is classless, lacks humility and is arrogant? I think you're confusing him with the previous resident...
     
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  9. Just goes to prove just because you're considered a superstar in you field doesn't automatically gives you any class.
    Out of respect for the office of President of the United States they should have accepted the invitation, No matter who the standing President is.
    What do you think the parents of these drivers would have to say to their sons.
     
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  10. So you're saying everyone should be a sheep when it comes to dealing with the POTUS? No thanks.
     
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  11. Going to lunch at the White House doesn't mean they're signing up to join the CIA. It means...lunch.
     
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  12. I would hope the parents raised them to think for themselves and have ideals and stand up for them and not just follow the rest of the crowd.
     
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  13. But their Nascar drivers. Part of their job is to follow the crowd. Otherwise there are wrecks. LOL!
     
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  15. Lunch With The President?? I'm never that hungry! I think President Obama came to the Whitehouse with his own agenda and it appears that his agenda is not in the best interests of us American people. Examples of his deviousness in serving OUR country are his secrecy and Whitehouse intrigue while plotting Obamacare. And the latest example of the president's disdain for OUR American way, and OUR intrests was his sidestepping of congress (We The People) to give ILLEGAL Aliens what is rightfully NOT theirs. We have always heard that we should Respect The Office, if not the man. But How Can We Respect the office if the office has NO respect for us? I say NO RESPECT unless/until that office earns it. Until then, I'll buy my own lunch!
     
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  16. I agree with your post wholeheartedly. This President didn't attend the funerals of the Navy Seals because it would interfer with his many vacations. Possibly, he was concerned about offending his good Muslim friends. He is a Pig!
     
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  17. http://www.doverpost.com/features/x1852604333/President-Obama-visits-Dover-Air-Force-Base-to-attend-service-for-fallen-SEALs
     
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  18. Seriously?
     
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  19. Please be more specific IndyRN. What is President Obama's agenda? Please post sites to backup your claim.
     
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  20. Action speaks LOUDER than words...Hopefully, you have heard this before, correct??
     
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  21. why dont you name some positive things he has done for this nation and back them up
     
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  22. IndyRN........don't you need health care? Are you covered at work? If not and you have to pay COBRA, that typically cost $1200 dollars a month or more. That is a fact! Can the majority of Americans afford that? Some have insurance, and still have to pay $500 out of their pocket for an MRI procedure. That is okay for you?
    Disdain for the American way. Please post an example of this, and be specific!
     
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  24. What , they have to pick up their shipment of Chaw?!!! What hicks- turning down a White House invite - hope they never gegt anotgher!
     
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  25. Just goes to show, that getting paid millions per year to drive a car like a bat out of hell, doesn't mean common sense!
     
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  26. Just goes to show, that getting paid millions per year to drive a car like a bat out of hell, doesn't mean common sense!
     
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  27. I'm sure it wouldn't hurt their feelings if they weren't.
     
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  29. Good for them! O'l Barry is just trolling for votes with NASCAR fans. He wouldn't know a fuel pump from a lug wrench or George Strait from a full house. Sorry dude.
     
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  30. Well said!!
     
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  31. Yep.....that's why he graduated from Harvard. Wow, bet he knows more than you. Obama trolls for votes while, Bachmann, Perry, and Romney and the rest of the politicians, what,....ya, troll for votes.
     
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  32. still want toknow where he has got all his money to go to these expensive schools.
     
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  33. "...where he has got??" hummm... maybe a little education would help your thinking procees a tad, ya think? I suggest a student loan before the conservatives take them away.
     
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  34. ya think???
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  35. grants, scholarships and loans.
     
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  36. back that up with proof
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  37. yes, he did. He has a high IQ, so he can read and take tests and do well....that does not make him smart enough to tell ME how I should live because he thinks it would be better for me and the rest of the countries citizens. Thats what all his actions so far have indicated to me.
     
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  38. And this has to do with Nascar drivers and dinner how?
     
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  39. Yep, he graduated from Harvard with excellent grades, oh wait, we've never seen his college transcript.
     
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  40. Fair enough. Now post your school transcripts, all of them. I'll also need to see your birth certificate and SS card. You don't OBJECT to that, do you?
     
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  41. the difference is that Obama is the President and Shana is a person on the internet. Yes to be the President you SHOULD show your birth certificate and SS card. you have to show that much to little league base-ball, yet we are fine with having a PRESIDENT who hasn't shown that yet?
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  42. i have mine does do you if he is not born here he can not be the president look it up
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  43. or his birth certificate impeach this loser for crimes against the united states of america if you or i commited these crimes we would be in jail for life
     
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  44. Yes Bill Burke!! Awesome response!!! :)
     
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  45. Funny, I wouldn't go either, so good for these elite drivers for not wanting to waste their time showing up for one of abama's campaign gimmicks.
    HALT-FORECLOSURES. com
     
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  46. The housing bubble burst in Sept. 2008, Obama wasn't president then. That is a fact.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/breakingthebank/view/
    Please don't attack the source! But do post some facts so I can see why you are blaming the President for these problems he inherited.
     
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  47. Granted, he was not president . . . YET! BUT . . . He was in the Senate and he COULD have done something there! Instead, he just sat there drawing his six figure paycheck and voted "present"!
     
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  48. Yep, that is how our system works! One Senator can go out on his own and change the rest of the Senate's vote. Cmon, you know better than that, and all the Senators get 6 figures don't they?
     
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  49. too much money for these politicians we have today. Wish I could vote for my own salary and bonuses...
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  50. On Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, the astonished leadership of the U.S. Congress was told in a private session by the chairman of the Federal Reserve that the American economy was in grave danger of a complete meltdown within a matter of days.
     
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  51. Surely you can't be serious? LOL
     
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  52. Okay, your're an Obama fan. You have your ideas and political beiefs..don't tread on ours.
     
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  53. you are an idiot ! please pack your bags and leave this country or just kill yourself because you are not an American !
     
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  54. To whom are you addressing your remarks? And are you really so full of hate that you want people who don't agree with you to kill themselves? What if they felt that way and were willing to do the job for you...maybe with a car bomb. Hummm... sound familier?
     
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  56. First of all, these guys have schedules that are set up MONTHS in advance. They TRIED to reschedule but couldn't. Kurt was able to change his but the others weren't able to. For example, Biffle has an event with his sponsor that was set up 9 months ago that they couldn't easily change. They have people coming in from out of the country as well as around the country. And rearranging was not feasible. The guys only received 2 weeks notice.

    Second of all, they have ALL been to the White House before & several of them have met Obama previously.

    It's not political, it's not racism, they TRIED they just couldn't work things out. This time of the year is VERY busy for the guys as they close out the year/get things going for next year.
     
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  57. FWIW, I'm black & I wouldn't cross the street to meet Obama. Can't stand him.

    Heck one of the drivers, Jimmie Johnson, who is going was receiving heat FOR going. He tweeted a response that many originally took at him dissing those who weren't going. But he clarified that what he tweeted was in response to those giving him hear FOR going.

    The original articles were written BEFORE anyone spoke to the drivers. They spoke to the drivers the next day & we now know why they can't go. Now we're dealing with idiots like you who picked up on it and are now writing about it when you don't know what the heck you're talking about!

    And as Kevin said, it's really none of anyone's business WHY they can't go. They can't go PERIOD!
     
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  58. @slongs, I'm the idiot who wrote the article. As a writer, there's a double edge sword: if you post breaking news that later turns out to be less than entirely correct, you're an idiot. If you don't post news that someone else does, you're a loser. As a writer, it's a no-win proposition, so I guess I'm lucky to have a thick skin.

    I never intimated the decision was racially biased, as I never believed that to be the case. As for your feelings on our current president, I'm glad to see we can agree on something.
     
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  59. I think the perceptions is the south is racist and does not like blacks. The USA is still very racist. I think the people who hate Obama and Michelle do so because they are black. The Fox news empty talking points don't help either. Most people can't even tell you what Obama actually did to make them a hater.
     
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  60. I'll be brief but I think you can follow. I am a southerner and I am not a racist. I disagree with the philosophy of Obama that government oversight and regulation by the government is needed in all aspects of the lives of the citizens of the United States. My philosophy is that we need to eliminate the thousands of new pages of regulation that Obama has ushered in since taking office, end the health care initiative, end all government bailouts, and shrink the size of government to a size that eliminates the need for deficit spending.
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  61. I despise obama's POLICIES. But I also despise Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosis policies...so what's that make me?????
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  62. Correct! And after forty years as a business owner and exec I can tell you that business without oversight will run amok every time. Deregulation is what put us in the financial mess we're in now. Deregulation has ruined the radio broadcasting industry, poisoned our food, killed American manufacturing (it's all done in China now, in case you didn't know) and transferred the country's wealth from 95% of the people to 2% of the people (talk about redistribution). And the people who buy into today's "conservative" rhetoric are like sheep being led to a slaughter. Read the history of Adolph Hitler's rise to power to see the parallels.
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  63. The color of your skin should have nothing to do with whether you like someone or not.
     
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  64. At one point Obama had a 95% approval rating among African-Americans. Why was that?
     
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  65. Ummm, 95% of African-Americans liked him maybe?
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  66. gee willikers...i'm sittin here in my trailer readin all about this here artickle and just took ta noticin.....my neck is all red....yepper...got me some nascar on my t.v....
     
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  67. It is nice to read a comment that realizes these drivers are very busy and it has nothing to do with politics, as a matter of fact, I am pretty sure one of the 5 is an outspoken democrat. I also think each one of the 5 have a respect for the government and the office and would have accepted if they could. Some of these political comments aren't even responding to the question, just using this as a format to voice their own opinion and I really wish some of them could either learn to spell or learn to use the keyboard correctly
     
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  68. NASCAR drivers are not known for their brains. Given that a monkey could be trained to drive a car, (bears have been), these knuckle dragging cretins are a fine representation of their place in society. Why miss out on drivel TV in your trailer park home while downing a 24 pack of beer? Stay home you inadequate garbage.
     
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  69. obviously you can't train one to be a good President.
     
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  70. I wish to Gd that I was one of those 'cretins',as you call them. I'd be happy to make 1/2 the money they do..as atheletes.
     
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  71. Damn, how do you REALLY feel about it??!! lol
     
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  72. These 5 drivers are in a league of their own...
    National Association of Stock Car RACISTS
     
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  73. everything is racist to you guys....if someone of my own color calls me 'n' word, does that make him racist ?
    Quit using the word "racist" and maybe, just maybe people will start getting along better!!
     
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  74. I have a better idea: admit that racism still exists in this country and then maybe things will get better.
     
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  75. So, the only reason they won't go is because of his race? Really? What if they simply find his character offensive?
     
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  76. Or his policies (not politics)?
     
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  77. I like racing and I don,t like obama. If that makes me a racist, GOOD. And proud of it.
     
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  78. I don't know. Are you a racist?
     
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  79. Funny how no matter what it always comes back to race for some people. For being so much "better" than others notice its the Obama supports throwing out the racist stereotypes. I guess you really aren't any better than anyone are you.
     
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  80. OBAMA isn't Racist though, is he. (incident with his old professor being arrested'. He is more Racist than anyone.
     
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  81. REDNECKS ever last one of them...and the President is Black...we haven't grown to ignore prejudice in 200 years...and we never will!!!
     
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  82. Does that include the 7 drivers that will be attending?
     
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  83. Actually, most of us have grown to ignore predjudice and racism. Only those with an agenda such as many members of the media, those who make a living as a race baiter, instigator, or blame most if not all of their failures in their lives on racism. choose to embrace predjudice and racism The rest us go about our lives working, taking care of our family and just in general, living life. So Mark, what is your agenda?
     
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  84. I have no poblem with his color. I do have a problem with him bypassing the 'checks and balance system' we have in government. The reason for it is to stop anyperson from acting as a 'Ruler'.
     
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  85. Is it called "dictator" in other systems of so-called government?
     
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  86. So Obama is such a dictator and ruler that he's allowing a bunch of mooks to run around the country for months calling him names? Oh yeah, he's evil alright. Schmucks!
     
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  87. Do you know what a signing statement is? It's a statement that the president issues when he signs a bill that details which parts of that bill he's NOT going to follow. Now go check and see how many signing statements Shrub issued compared to Barack. I think you'll be stunned.
     
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  89. Too busy to meet with the President of the USA, man these stock car drivers sure are important. Of course they have a choice, and that is what keeps America free, but they will regret not taking this opportunity later on in life. There will always be other times to meet with sponsors, etc etc. It speaks well for NASCAR that the President recognizes them and their racing contributions. Why not drop the politics and egos and go along?
     
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  90. sorry, don't agree. Visiting the White house is not my cup of tea. These guy are no better than I am. Most of the politicians today are doing with their own personal agenda.
     
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  91. Last I knew every American has the freedom of choice. I myself feel that many Americans would opt not to accept due to the ado that surrounds all presidents. The President is not within my security level and I would pass based upon the associated risks.
     
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  92. roflmao. Afraid of choking on a meatball in the White House are ya? (psst) I bet they have doctors around to help out. Also, the tightest security known to man.
     
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  93. Just shows that NASCAR drivers have balls (no offense, Danica).
     
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  94. Danica has them, but she keeps them mostly at home, it's called a husband.
     
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  95. Danica has them, but she keeps them mostly at home, it's called a husband.
     
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  96. And that means the drivers that are going are, what? Classy and respectful?
     
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  97. looks like the drivers are voting with their beliefs,I would not accept an invitation from this "President." either, good on them for their convictions, maybe their all home praying to their God and polishing their Guns
     
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  98. I guess that the real men aren't fooled as easily as the WH poseur empty suit thinks he is!
     
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  99. Does it mattter? The Presidents invitation doesn't mean you drop everything to attend some BS publicity stunt. That's all it is. It means nothing. It's just a f***king party, nothing more.
     
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  100. Yeah, and no athlete likes a party. They're just classless, disrespectful clods.
     
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  101. Why participate in a campaign stunt for the worst president in American history?
     
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  102. Worse than Harding, Grant, Hoover and Shrub? Yeah, don't think so.
     
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  103. Perhaps they are just not hypocrites and don't like the President. Remember he didn't think it important enough to go to a Nascar race, but he sent his wife. It works both ways.
     
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  104. Gee, think Barack might have been busy trying to clean up Shrub Bush's wars and so sent his wife to the race instead?
     
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  105. I think the whole reason for the invite is a ploy to get the NASCAR nation to stand behind Obama in the upcoming election and what is this "out of respect" BS that you should go no matter what??? Eating lunch with the President doesn't prove respect any more than not going proves disrespect, we shouldn't condemn these guys for not going but "respect" the decision they've made no matter their reason. We do still live in America where we are free to decline/accept invitations as we so choose.
     
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  106. maybe the prez wants everyone to race chevy volts around the track to show off these Roman candles on wheels -
     
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  107. First it was the Bruin's goalie, now NASCAR. Part of a growing trend, obviously. Kudos to both!
     
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  108. I hope it is political. Respect is a two way street. How can our President be so disrespectful to the American People and expect us to bow down to him as he does to the "Leaders" of other countries? He has done nothing except play politics since he has taken office.

    Strring up class warefare is the ultimate disrespect to a people who have equal opportunity to succeed, if you are willing to devote the time effort and have any skillset.
     
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  109. Disrespectful to the American people, eh? Hummm... let's see:
    1. Killing Osama Bin Laden...
    2. Ending the war in Iraq and bringing home hundreds of thousands of troops to their families...
    3. Wiping out 85%-95% of Al Quida's leadership around the world...
    4. Making it possible for people with preexisting conditions to even get some healthcare coverage...WITHOUT a government alternative...
    5. Saving the auto industry and over 3-million jobs in over 500 associated businesses (all repaid or about to be)...
    6. Expecting someone who earns $50,000 a DAY to pay a bit more in taxes than someone earning $50,000 a YEAR...
    Between 1945 and 1975 the US became the most prosperous and mighty nation on earth. The tax rate for the rich was 93%. Hummmm...
     
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  110. 1. Obama did not kill Osama. The Seals did. All Obama had to do was sweat for 24 hours about how he could take credit for it.
    2. If we would have fought the war in Iraq (and Afganistan) the way we used to fight wars, it would have been over in 2 years and the troops would have been home.
    3. Again the military.
    4. People with pre-existing condidions didn't always have them, should have kept the insurance they had before.
    5. If you believe it's been paid back, I can understand why you're an Obamabot.
    6. Do the math. I think someone making $50K a day IS paying more than someone making 50K a year. If fair ALL pay the same rate.
    Between '45 and '75 the US was not trying to become one of those countries, as we are now under Obama's wat
     
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  111. you tell my pal
     
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  112. Yo Bruce! Which wars were fought correctly? Korea? Vietnam? Desert Storm?(BTW: Iraq and Afghanistan: Shrub Bush's started those wars and left Barack to clean up the mess he made.) And do you think the Seal team just decided on their own one night to go after Osama bin Laden, then jumped in their privately owned helicopters and did the deed?
     
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  113. Funny, I've never once heard Barack ask for someone to bow before him. And how, pray tell, is asking someone to drop by the People's House considered an insult?
     
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  114. Well after all the democratic hate towards GW Bush, America, God, Republicans, Teaparty and just about everything else American, Ya'll can go play with your lugnuts if you think this person in the WH is being treated better than GWB. You are reaping the seeds you have sown. Get your packing materials in advance this year. You are going to need them come November.
     
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  115. I am surprised and disappointed in these drivers and have a heightened sense of respect for Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Clint Boyer, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth.
     
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  116. you are so wright
     
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  117. 1st of all, it is still their choice! Like it or not, they have the right to say NO! So for those of you who are on your high horses....GET OVER IT!!!! FREEDOM to say NO even to the president!!!
     
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  118. i bet you wouldnt thank that if it was bush you would have called it disrespectful
     
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  119. And disrespectful. And classless. And petulant. And immature.
     
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  120. Well, if you all won't accept an invite to the White house to have Lunch with the President - send it to me. I'll go. I would love to go!
     
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  121. NASCAR is the people's sport. Perhaps these drivers care more for their constituents than the whims of the present administration - who have directly insulted many of them.
     
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  122. this is stupid talk you have be republican
     
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  123. i am trouble howill be to be w disrespecting they are to our president.we watch nascar every week never missed a race but i gaurante we will not anymore we will be to busy
     
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  124. A "conflicting schedule" is a polite way of declining to be seen with the worst president the U.S. has ever had. Published photographs would make it seems as though they support him, so the drivers should not be blamed in any way.

    Incidentally, and I quote: "Sitting the event out will be Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, since all six have “scheduling conflicts” with the ceremony." Six? Ah, the Invisible Man also declined the invitation.
     
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  125. Worse than Harding, Grant, Hoover and Shrub? Not even.
     
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  126. It is really sad that there are still so many uneducated, ignorant racist idiots in this Country. ALL races need to grow up and realize that if we would worry half as much about real problems as we do about skin color, our Country could be great and respected again.
     
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  127. you are so right its not the color of the skin, so why don't people vote or look to people to whom can do something for this counrty. It would be better if real people who know what a gallon of milk cost could run the country.
     
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  128. Spoken like a white person. And I say this as someone white. Race is THE biggest problem in America. Don't believe me? Ask Trayon Martin's parents. Or Martin Luther King's children.
     
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  129. those of you that think its disrespectful not to go are sooo wrong. They are getting ready to RACE!!! and several are making their season commercials. so maybe its a little disrespectful of the president to even ask them to take time away from what they are working so hard for to go to the white house! One would think that the president has many other things to worry about like the countrys failing economy. rather than plan parties at the white house and throw away some more money that the country dont have!!!!
     
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  130. Oh, so making a commercial is more important than going to the White House? And yet the other racers did find the time. Wow! I think you have your priorities really screwed up.
     
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  131. In a time when our rights are being denied and our opinions count for even less, it is refreshing to see the 5 drivers decline the invitation to sit with a president that is turning America into a land of the oppressed.
     
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  132. Funny, I don't see these rich sports figures as "oppressed." Just without any class.
     
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  133. If you think for one second this occupant of the White House represents you...you NEED to watch this link.

    Take Heed

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/tsH8xvjTAlo
     
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  134. From my observation, this site is enjoyed by a bunch of disrespectful people. God help your children if they are being taught to be the kind of people that you are showing yourselves to be. No manners, no respectand just plain ugliness!
     
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  135. Who cares about meeting a failure? Obama is the worst president ever elected and I can not wait till that bum and his fat ugly wife our out of Washington DC!
     
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  136. When are you leaving my country you trader
     
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  137. If you think Michelle Obama is fat and ugly, may I suggest you take a taxi to the closest optometrist?
     
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  138. NASCAR has evolved into a stupid sport with a bunch of idiots driving around in circles. The cars are almost identical. The drivers are mostly decendants of previous drivers. There is some skill involved, however, it is not the same as most sports. The races are won in the pits by the team with the best financial backing. The fans are mostly a bunch of under educated rednecks. The sport is not very complicated so they can easially follow along. A lot like the republican party in general. Kinda dumb and easy to manupilate. They don't have a lot of black fans and they certainly are not going to support a black president. I have been a hot rod enthusiest for my whole life. I love old hotrods, new hot rods, drag racing, LaMans style,
     
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  139. Uneducated? Ryan Newman is a mechanical engineer,Carl Edwards is a pilot,every driver in NASCAR even Darrick Cope make more money than you will ever see.How does financial backing help out in the pits?NASCAR tracks fill more seats each weekend than any NFL,MLB,NBA event.These cars are built from steel tubing and sheet metal that takes a lot of engineering.One half pound of air pressure in the tires can be the difference between winning a race and being in the wall.NASCAR drivers are not just good old boys any longer, they are from all over the country,and have had to pay their dues in small town race tracks all over the country.They didn't just wake up 1 morning and get a call for Mike Helton and asked to drive a $150,000.00 car at 200mph.
     
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  140. Do you have a point here?
     
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  141. LoL. . . the cars ARE exactly the same...they have strict bodystyle template checks before they race. as for your assumptions, you know nothing. Many people enjoy Nascar and all of those other sports too, doesn't make them stupid. I'm fine with watching the final 20 laps of any race ...
     
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  142. Maybe they have plans to visit Dick Cheney in the hospital. The President of the United States is the leader of our nation. I did not vote for GW Bush, but had I received an invitation to the White House, I certainly would have attended out of respect for the office and what it represents, rather than the man. They will no doubt claim it is a matter of principle. It could backfire! Feeds the "NASCAR is redneck, rural and Republican".
     
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  143. You don't have to be a redneck to understand what this president has not done for us!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  144. He hasn't gotten us into to the crap Gbush jr did.
    Republicans are just plain nutty when it comes to memory.
     
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  145. I just changed who I will Pull For
     
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  146. Whether they like the president or not, whether they have scheduling conflicts or not, as of right now they do have the right to say no to meeting the president. Invite or not, no one should be forced to do something they don't want to do. That's ridiculous. Let the guys make their own decisions, even if they differ from yours.
     
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  147. I really thought Carl Edwards was a classy guy, I would not expect anything different from the others especially Stewart and Busch.
     
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  148. I'd say about 45% of them are right!
     
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  149. ..and they don't have the RIGHT to say no? Where is that in the Constitution?
     
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  150. Of course they have a right to say no. That they can't re-arrange their schedules, however, shows they're either clueless or classless. It's the freakin' White House!
     
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  151. Uh, this s a sentence with words. I can tell!
     
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  152. To every one who is fussing about Obamacare how would you fix it, Congress really don't care because there health care is paid for. I was not a W. fan but I stood in line for 5 hour to hear him speak. Reason, he was my President and he had my full support, all you so call Americans where is your loyalty, he was elected by the American citizens, if you don't like it no one is forcing you to live in the greatest country in the world, the drivers who have schedule conflicts, the next time the national anthem is played I hope you have a schedule conflict then. I have always been proud of my country regradless who is in charge.
    Retired USA 1SG
     
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  153. Unless someone in your immediate family is having surgery, turning down an invitation to the White House shows a huge lack of respect--and class.
     
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  154. I have a newfound respect for the drivers who declined. Way to go guys! :)
     
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  155. Maybe they don't agree with whats going on in there and dont want to cause problems. Basically the opposite in many urban areas where they look for trouble and conflict.
     
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  156. I'm just wondering about all the people who think these guy are terrible for turning down the invitation remember when Ozzie Guillen turned down an invitation to the White House. When George W. was president the White Sox won the World Series and the entire team and then manager Ozzie were invited to the White House. Ozzie turned it down. Did you find that offensive???
     
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  157. I wouldnt have invited Ozzie Guillen to my backyard bar-b-que hsi ego is bigger than he is and his attitude sucks
     
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  158. First, you have the issue wrong-its not Nascar drivers turning down the President. Its the President making a mistake of inviting the uneducated Nascar dinks in the first place. Who ever said grease monkeys have any class. I mean Nascar is one step above the Alabama welfare line basically. If you take away sponsors you have a bunch of out of work car mechanics-
     
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  159. If I was asked to have lunch with Obama I would say no I rather be at the zoo .
     
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  160. Im not sure why the 5 drivers declined the invitation,BUT...you have to respect the OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES..to be invited to the White House is an incredible Honor,most people would love to go to just SEE the White House ,but to go in and have lunch with the President,not sure what is more pressing that you couldnt do this extreme HONOR...MR.PRESIDENT you can invite me anytime and I would love to be there
     
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  161. Dear President Obama,please keep in mind my schedule is open for Sept 7th,and would love to take the place of at least one of the guys that cant figure out this is an INVITATION FROM THE PRESIDENT..what are they thinking
     
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  162. What a bunch of idiots. What about the stupid guy before Obama? Oh yeah, He's white.
    Hating Obama is like hating a fireman for trying to save your house after your inbred kid started a fire.
    Get over it, retards. If you think Obama was the worst president ever, you wasted your time going to school.
    Haters gonna hate. Too funny!
     
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  163. Kathi K. that is exactly correct "realize the potential of what happens when RESPECT governs our decisions" and that is why I am very nervous about my future in the hands of our young people today. NO RESPECT....you have to give it to get it but frankly I wouldn't want unwelcomed guests in my house either. SO, WHO CARES WHAT YOUR OPINION IS OF THE WHITE HOUSE OR THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION IT IS JUST YOUR OPINION AND IT STINKS TOO:)
     
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  164. I am sure Dale Jr made the chase last year,no invite from the President,I guess because Jr has more fans
     
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  165. Its called respect for the office of the president of the united states. I couldn't stand W, but if invited would go in a heartbeat. What makes me mad is when people say Obama needs to follow the Constitution. w used the Constitution as toilet paper, taking away our rights (indefinite imprisonment, wiretapping without a warrant) and we say Obama is a bad guy. Get a life!
     
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  166. why is a story from 2011 heading in 2012? cant come up with new content? maybe someone should have picked a diffrent heading for this? LOL old news....this was headlining in 2011...sigh
     
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