What is Washboard Express?

Washboard Express is a way for me to express my own opinions, to be a provocative gadfly, by writing a "letter a day" to the President. I may miss a day here and there, because sometimes my family with be my first priority, but my goal is to write a total of 365 letters, representing one full year. To say I have opinions about most things would be to understate the obvious. Those of you that know me, know this is true, those who don't know me, will learn that it's true. The Washboard is a reference to going back to basics and "keeping it clean," so if you would like me to post your comments or opinions on this blog, I only ask that you be respectful. So go ahead, express yourself, and I look forward to an exchange of ideas and opinions.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Letter #122... Dear Mr. President... The Neanderthals of NASCAR...

Dear Mr. President:

I’d like to apologize on behalf of all ‘decent and respectful’ Americans for the despicable way the crowd reacted to the First Lady and Dr. Biden when they attended the recent NASCAR season finale.

As I was taught and I’ve tried to teach my children… you may be poor, you may be out of work, you may not even have two nickels to rub together, but there is never an excuse for being rude. That’s not to say that I haven’t, on occasion, had a knee-jerk reaction to something or someone, and responded in a rude way… because I have, and I think we all have at one time or another.

However, when the First Lady and Dr. Biden attended the Homestead Miami Speedway to serve as Grand Marshalls in support of ‘Joining Forces’ initiative to hire and train veterans, there was no reason and no excuse to boo these caring and wonderful women. After listening to the video it was obvious that there were a few loud boos from the considerable crowd, which appropriately, had just given a rousing cheer for Army Sgt. Andrew Barry and his family.

I’ve looked at all the web sites, read several hundred comments and come to the conclusion that they weren’t really booing the ladies… they were in fact booing you and your administration, because many of the comments contained the same old ‘themes’ that have surrounded you since being elected… he’s a Muslim, he’s a communist, socialist, fascist, out of touch, Christian hater, elitist, bigot, etc… etc… but nothing you haven’t heard before. It was in fact, an ugly reminder of just how the political divide in this country has been taken so personally.

First Lady, at NASCAR finale
From my perspective… I really don’t understand the appeal of watching a bunch of grown men driving around in a circle for what seems like hours (and probably is), other than people are waiting for some terrible accident to happen, because lord knows we aren’t witness to enough tragedy happening all around us on a daily basis. And from the expression on Mrs. Obama’s face, she wasn’t exactly enthralled either.

The really sad, pathetic, and discouraging thing about the whole incident is the lesson these booing Neanderthals are teaching their children and other children in the audience… good manners don’t mean anything, being disrespectful to ones own President is acceptable, and by association they are also showing a total lack of respect for that Veteran and his family with four young boys.

Disgusting… Mr. President, so please convey my sincerest apologies to Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden for the disgraceful display of unacceptable rudeness on the part of a few attendees that obviously need some basic lessons on good manners. As Emily Post taught us... "Good manners reflect an innate sense of respect for self." There's no doubt in my mind that Ms. Post would be so proud of you as President, the First Lady, and of course Malia and Sasha... all excellent examples of poise, grace, self respect.

Most Respectfully,

Marcia Reimers
Your Gadfly Granny

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