First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden attended yesterday's Ford 400 "to honor military troops and families and recognize new commitments by companies planning to hire and train veterans and military spouses." The intertubes, however, are abuzz that the crowd didn't seem in the mood to honor the two women. They were booed, dammit!
If you watch the video, it's hard to hear the boos amongst the cheers. Some are claiming racism as the motive behind the catcalls, but when I watch the video I could swear that Jill Biden is white. Maybe I have the same problem Steven Colbert has - I just don't see color.
Hyperbolic outrage aside, is it possible that there's a lot of unhappiness with the President currently and his poll numbers have consistently shown that disapproval? Could it be that the color of her skin doesn't have nearly as much to do with some of the crowd's surliness as her husband's policies?
Is it fair? Hell no. Is it a mammoth racist crowd practically pelting the First Lady with rotten tomatoes? Hardly. It's a time honored tradition of expressing disapproval. They booed. Get over it.
We use the same technique against right wingers we don't like. Pot meet kettle. Mountain meet molehill.