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Trump brings joy to Daytona, America erupts in cheers

President Donald Trump was the grand marshal for the Daytona 500 in Florida on Sunday, and what a grand entrance he and First Lady Melania Trump made.

After Air Force One buzzed the racetrack as low as 800 feet before landing nearby, the Trumps then did a lap around the track with the presidential motorcade, before getting out of the 22,000-pound presidential car to the music of “God bless the U.S.A..”

Trump spoke to the crowd of over 100,500 before announcing to the racers: “Start your engines.”

He was the first U.S. president to open the Daytona 500 and the second president, after George W. Bush, to attend the race. Unlike his experience at the Washington, D.C. game of the World Series in October, where he was booed, he was greeted with loud cheers and chants of “U.S.A.” in Daytona.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • A wonderful showman and he fits right in to this setting….he is one of them and they are his supporters….

  • IF Bernie attended the 500: “Throw me your keys!”

    • That picture is of Busch in 2004.

    • Or, Bernie might show up at the track in his Prius, looking for a plug-in.

  • Nice picture of when GW visited a few years ago.

    • Yes it is, but what difference does it make? He was there wasn’t he?

  • It was a great historic event. I wanted to see Trump driving the pace car, then have 3 black limos pull out behind him.

  • Just another show which he hopes will help to get him re-elected. How much did that cost the taxpayers?

  • Nothing like cheap, trashy show-biz to get the faithful aroused.

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