11/21/2011 08:11 am ET Updated Nov 21, 2011

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden At NASCAR: Bright Outfits, Gloomy Welcome (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

We were pretty excited but also surprised when we heard Michelle Obama and Jill Biden would be attending a NASCAR race in Miami. The effort was noble -- the race was attended by service members and military families, whom both First Ladies honored at a special lunch before the race -- but we sort of assumed Michelle and Jill would look a tad out of place.

In a statement that totally went without saying, Michelle addressed the families before the race: "This is -- both Jill and I, this is our first NASCAR race, and this is a huge race. That I know. It's a big deal."

Unfortunately, Michelle was given a frosty welcome by NASCAR fans, who booed when she was introduced over the loudspeakers as a grand marshal (at 0:09).

But the women seemed to take it in stride... and they were certainly more appreciated by the parents and children they met with prior to the speedway (un)welcome.

Meeting with the military families as part of the White House's Joining Forces initiative, Michelle and Jill looked to bond in a casual setting. The women set the tone in bright, easy outfits: FLOTUS picked a blue print top by Maison Martin Margiela with loose navy pants (a bit baggy for our taste) and SLOTUS picked a red and navy Michael Kors sheath. (Both pieces, it should be noted, were repeats.)

Of course Michelle's biggest style statement were the giant yellow headphones she wore during the race. Got to love the contrasting colors.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden at NASCAR

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