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NASCAR drivers zoom past White House

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Race-car drivers tend to be superstitious sorts. Do they think bad luck can be transmitted via handshake? SBNation.com reports:

President Barack Obama will honor NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and the 11 other Chase drivers from last year in a White House ceremony on Wednesday – but nearly half of the 2010 playoff contenders won’t be there.

NASCAR said Thursday that five drivers – Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart – will not be attending the White House visit due to “schedule conflicts.”

They must be very busy people. Regardless of one’s political views, the president is still the president – and an opportunity to speak with the leader of the free world is a rare and special one.

Well. It used to be. When the president goes out of his way for almost three years to diminish the office, you’ll never guess what happens: the office is diminished.

Nah, they’re probably just racists, right? It’s NASCAR, must be because of the racism. Everything else is.

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Jim Treacher