Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton Defend Decision To Meet With President Obama

Next week, President Obama plans to honor NASCAR drivers, as he does for teams in every other professional sport. But five drivers have declined the invitation.

Five of the 12 Chase drivers from 2010 have declined President Barack Obama's invitation to attend a White House ceremony honoring them on Wednesday, citing "schedule conflicts."

On Friday, NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson – who has tweeted conservative political views in the past – and Jeff Burton – who could potentially run for the Senate as a Republican after he retires – both explained why they have chosen to attend.

From Johnson:

@jimmiejohnson: IMO... regardless of political views, when POTUS sends an invite and wants to honor you at the White House, you accept. #respect

And from Burton:

@RCR31JeffBurton: I've received some comments on next weeks White House trip. The presidency deserves respect and we are all Americans. I will be there!

We'll let you know what some of the other drivers have to say about the White House visit today, but it's obviously become a major topic of debate already (just look at the comments on our original post for proof of that). Outlets such as Fox News and the Drudge Report have also picked up the story.

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