President Obama just can’t get his facts straight. No, I’m not talking about health care reform. I’m talking about NASCAR. At Wednesday’s White House ceremony honoring defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, the president touched on the history of NASCAR, saying, "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."
Can you spot what is wrong with that statement? Hot Air did. Prohibition ended in 1933. The first stock car race in Daytona Beach, Fla., happened in 1936. And as HolyCoast pointed out, NASCAR was not founded until 1947, some 14 years after the repeal of prohibition.
I know the president does not personally write minor, ceremonial speeches. He has a staff for that. In this case his staff failed. The offending party should be black flagged and sent to the rear of the West Wing, preferably as close to Joe Biden’s office as possible.
NASCAR White House video