Greg Biffle explains why he isn't going to White House next week | Auto racing
NASCAR driver Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., is miffed at reports he rebuffed an invitation from President Obama to visit the White House. He said he is obligated to attend a function with primary sponsor 3M in Minnesota.
Biffle cites scheduling conflict for missing visit with Obama
NASCAR driver Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., is miffed at reports he rebuffed an invitation from President Obama to visit the White House.
Biffle, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards won't be going to the White House on Wednesday. Eight other drivers who made last year's Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff and NASCAR chairman Brian France will visit Obama.
"First of all, I'll say that I'm disgusted by the comments I see, where people say we rejected (the invitation)," Biffle, 41, told NASCAR Wire Service. "For one, that's disrespectful from people not knowing why I can't go. Number two, I've got a picture of myself and the president — Barack Obama — in my bookshelf in my office, right behind my desk, shaking hands at the White House.
"I've been there. I've done that and I respect that and I was very flattered to get the invitation. I got the invitation less than two weeks ago. I've got a function that I'm obligated to be at with (primary sponsor) 3M in Minnesota that they've had planned for basically nine months."
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