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March 9, 2010

How Would You Like The President Waving at You at the Indy 500 in 2011?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:35 am

It has been reported that President Obama has been officially invited to the 100th anniversary of the first Indy 500 next year. Under normal circumstances I would say this is a swell idea. It would be the first time a sitting President ever attended a 500. There are two problems:

First, the middle of Indiana has a sh!tload of rather boisterous Republicans who fear/hate Obama on a variety of levels. There are generally two things I never discuss with others. Politics and religion. Politics leads to far too much whacko dialogue. Religion is even worse. The two types of people I simply never trust are those who say they are atheists and those who take every opportunity they can to preach to me or anyone else. My personal comfort zone is somewhere right in the middle. Politically, the older I get the more Libertarian I find myself becoming. I do not trust either major party. But again, I don’t like discussing politics. Bottom line…Obama comes to Indy he is likely to be booed/cursed at by at least 200,000 of the 300,000 or so who will be there.

Second, the presence of Obama in the midst of 300,000 people constitutes a giant security risk. I am one of those defiant Americans who believe terrorists are cowards and that any such sub-human will never keep me from enjoying great sporting events such as auto races. Let’s be honest, however. Obama at the 100th anniversary of the 500 makes the event a much bigger target than it otherwise could be. Perhaps by that time they will have closed Georgetown Road and installed barriers disguised as something innocuous. Car bombs have been used to kill thousands virtually all over the world but not so much here.

The McVeigh stunt in OKC shows how potentially dangerous homemade bombs can be. Granted, explosives could be somewhat beneficial if people were first cleared from what were once livable houses in the neighborhoods on the 30th Street side of the Speedway then detonations occurred once people were relocated, but that is a different topic.

If/when they make a fortress out of IMS they still need to worry about what people tote in. Elderly yellowshirts peering inside my cooler is not all that reassuring and I can only imagine the pain it would be to screen everyone airport style. It may come to that, however. I would like to minimize the time outside listening to megaphone-toting nutjobs calling me a heathen and screaming about Je-Sus.

Bottom line….it would be an honor to have Obama there, but I would much rather have a large contingent of war heroes from all wars to salute. It is Memorial Day weekend after all.

100th anniversary? Heck yes I will be there!



  1. You’ve probably lived 18,000 days, and represent yourself with a picture from the only one of them when you were dressed up to look like a race car driver.

    Then when it comes to posting a photo of our President of the United States, you skip over 18,000 photos to find one that makes him look like a drummer on break between sets at a jazz club.

    That’s cool, it’s easy to spot the fake. You didn’t have to write a word.

    Editor’s Note: Meanwhile, back on topic, what are your thoughts on the actual topic; i.e., the President attending the 2011 500? Please make every effort you can muster to stick to topics. It works much better that way. Thanks.

    Comment by Andy Bernstein — March 9, 2010 @ 2:08 am | Reply

  2. I think it would be an appropriate occasion. But that’s a long way off.

    Comment by redd — March 9, 2010 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

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