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B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:02 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 8:11 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

WASHINGTON -- The Boston Bruins had the honor and privilege to visit the White House and President Barack Obama on Monday, continuing a long tradition of sports champions being honored by the POTUS.

Not everybody was there -- the whole nation is looking at you Tim Thomas -- but the majority of the Bruins were. Heck, even old friend Tomas Kaberle made the trip in to visit the White House and take in his vetting of the Bruins for their Stanley Cup championship.

Here is video (apologies for the shakiness, a guy can only do so much holding a camera over his head) of the president addressing the Bruins and congratulating them.

Lord Stanley's Cup was there, so was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts senator John Kerry was there, parked out in the front row. The throng of media members surrounded all of the family members and people of the Bruins organization for the vetting. It was a special day for all the Bruins.

It also had the obligatory Zdeno Chara is tall talk and presidential jokes. Although his first one of the short ceremony was a bit more candid.

"The Bruins, the Sox, the Celtics, now the Patriots. Enough already, Boston," Obama said. "What's going on, huh?"

The only downside to the afternoon was the absence of Thomas, who elected to skip the event on his own merit.

"He chose not to come. The reasons behind it I think he'll make the media aware through his Facebook," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after the ceremony.

It put a damper on the day for the Bruins, the story of Thomas being a no-show, but not too much. For the players it was still a treat. I had the chance to catch up with Brad Marchand afterward in the Diplomatic Room and the excitement of the day was still very evident, even after the president gave Marchand a little ribbing, noting one of his many nicknames of the "Little Ball of Hate."

It was a day fit for champions, and almost all of them were there. Almost.

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Comments

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:17 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Good for Tim Thomas. I like him more already and that's coming from a Wings fan. If he feels like a lot of us he wouldn't shake that man's hand without hawking a loogie in it first. Stupid PR shows do more for the president than they do for the hockey team.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:14 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Good for Tim Thomas. I like him more already and that's coming from a Wings fan. If he feels like a lot of us he wouldn't shake that man's hand without hawking a loogie in it first. Stupid PR shows do more for the president than they do for the hockey team.



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:31 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Don't tell Thomas's wife, he wasn't there...that's where he told his wife he was going...Wink



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:34 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

from reading these posts I now see why politicians keep doing these stupid sports team meet and greets. The fool fannies actually think its an honor and means something.  

Damn, you people condemning Thomas really are useful idiots. All of these sports champion White House trips are meaningless Public Relations and if Thomas doesnt want to be a part of it...more power to him.  I wouldnt want to waste my time doing it either.    &nbs
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Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:25 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

If you don't like Obama that's okay respect the office



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:22 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

The only American on the team and he do not show up. That's so sad. If he don't Obama that's ok respect the Office.



Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:17 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

This has nothing to do with disrespecting his team mates, or the President.  He is exercising the freedom our military brothers & sisters fight & die to keep alive.  @drizzle41 put it quite well.  One should not feeel compelled to come to the President's beckon call unless it is to defent this great country.  Otherwise we are all free to make our own choices, that's what makes America great.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:45 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

@ mhc26: "And on a related note, just about every single professional athlete should steer far, far clear of politics, commenting on life, society, and most things in the world beyond the field/rink/arena. "

What? Why? Who writes this kind of stuff?  Ever hear of the first amendment? Would a federal law permitting professional athletes (and/or all citizens) from expressing their opinions make you happy?



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:39 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Honor and privilege? IMO: Depends on how you look at it. Clearly, Thomas didn't see it as such. More power to him.



Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:31 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Refusing to go to the White House when invited is not being a "stand up guy." It's being self-important and immature. If Thomas feels so strongly against what the President is doing, then go meet the guy, shake his hand, and ask to discuss politics with him in the near future.

Did Obama tell the Bruins that despite winning the Cup he wasn't going to invite them to the White House because he didn't like how they cycle the puck and clear the zone? NO. He honored their accomplishment & left personal issues aside.

Tim Thomas didn't put personal issues aside.

And, ohhhh the humor of a multi-millionaire complaining about how the government is too big. Yeah right. If you feel this way, Mr. Thomas, give away all your money & go play pond hockey for the rest of your life, for no pay. If not, realize how much you benefit from the government.

And for millions of us, it has always been vulgar to be rich; it means you are taking more than your share and living high on the hog while millions suffer.


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