President Obama Asked Gordon To Do What?

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon break dances during Champion's Week festivities in 2011 in Las Vegas. Tuesday, President Obama asked Gordon to break dance at the White House. (Photo: Getty Images)


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - President Barack Obama had a unique request for Jeff Gordon during a White House dinner Tuesday night.

“The President asked me to break dance,’’ Gordon said Friday at Watkins Glen International.

Gordon famously showed NASCAR fans his break-dancing moves during Champions Week festivities in 2011 at Las Vegas. He said that when he was in junior high school to be cool one had to break dance, so he learned to do so.

Tuesday’s request came when Gordon was at the White House with wife Ingrid Vandebosch for the U.S.-Africa Summit Dinner. Gordon has been involved in Africa since the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation donated $1.5 million to open a cancer facility in Rwanda in 2012. He visited there in July 2012.

At one point during the White House event, Gordon and his wife danced next to President Obama and wife Michelle.

“Probably one of the coolest things I think Ingrid and I have had the opportunity to do at the White House,’’ Gordon said.

Then came the request from the President.

Gordon declined.

“It wasn’t the proper music playing,’’ Gordon said. “He also suggested it probably wasn’t wise of me to do that getting toward the end of our season. I agreed with him.’’

Off the dance floor, Gordon said he got to meet Rwanda President Paul Kagame.  Gordon’s work continues in Africa.

“We’re always looking at what more we can do to help, especially kids that don’t either have access to treatment or how we can give them better treatment and that’s not just here in the U.S.,’’ Gordon said. “We’re fighting hard to find cures for the really rare diseases and find better long-term treatments and that’s why we support the research. In Rwanda, kids aren’t even getting access to it. Because of our efforts at Butaro Hospital, children, as well as adults are getting quality cancer care and that’s something I”m really proud of and we want to do more of.’’ 

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