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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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Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:45 am

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

I don't like it but I respect the guy for his opinion. I mean that is the reason why America is so great. However, I personally feel that his boycott is just dumb. He would be better off trying to disscuss his problems to the president mono to mono.


Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:30 am

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Did any of these idiots even read his statement? I see more shit about him not going because of the current administration and that's not what he said at all. He said it has nothing to do with parties so anyone calling him a republican is just an idiot. Go back and read his statement. And as far as his TEAM (as some put it) winning, who cares. It's a personal decision he can make as an American.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:43 am

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Exactly...everryone one of these tools applauding Thomas would have told that player to get his liberal ass out of the US
....and every one of these Obama loving drones would have applauded any hollywood dreg who had refused to go see Bush.

So get off your soap box.....this is a free country. If someone doesnt want to participate in a meaningless public relations ceremony designed to make morons worship politicians...of either party....good for them.

Its time for all these ridiculous sports team visits to the white house to end anyway.

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:22 am

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

"Crackpot Republican" here, but this is way beyond party affiliation.

The dude plays for a TEAM that just won the Cup for the first time in two generations. So as a leader of the TEAM, he blows off the White House trip because why - he doesn't approve of the current administration and the size of government? So f'in what? The TEAM, our team,  comes first. You weren't asked to the WH because you're Tim Thomas - you were asked because your TEAM won the Cup. So put your personal BS aside and join your TEAM on the podium. 

I understand the opposing argument here, but please - this about the mighty Boston Bruins receiving praise from our nation's highest postion. Who the F is any member of a team to turn that down? Get over yourself and act like a professional. This is 6th grade horseshyte.

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:45 am

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Well, Thomas adds his name to the list of crackpot Republicans. Nice to know that I totally hate the guy now. I mean, really, we know that Thomas is only a good goalie because he weighs 600 lbs and covers every square inch of the goal. Still, I guess he now ranks amongst the "Obama was born in Kenya and is a secret Muslim, while at the same time complaining about his Christian preacher" people. I would love to hear Thomas' conspiracy theories :)

Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:05 am

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Did any pro athlete refuse to go to the White House under Bush?
This should not be about whether you like the guy or not. 
It should be about the office of the Presidency, not who's in it.

I personally believe that Bush/Cheney did far worse than anything Obama has done, yet if I were on a championship team while Bush was in office, I'd respect the Office of the Presidency, and the tradition of going to the White House, by attending. 

It's really sad how far corporate media propaganda can skew people's view of reality, to the point where something like this happens.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:02 am

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

NIce Mr Thomas. I wouldnt go either.

Rangers fan.... 

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:06 am

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Good for you, Tim Thomas.  I applaud your decision and for the reasons that you gave to decline the meet and greet with the President.  This is America and for now we still have our 1st Amendment.  Let's hope we keep our freedoms for our future generations to enjoy.  My hat is off to you Tim.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:41 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Ya know, I think Tim Thomas probably could run the country better, yes.  He's entitled to his opinion and not to go to a dog and pony show.  Obama doesn't give a damn about the Bruins, or any hockey team, as far as I can tell.  He'll probably welcome the next Women's NCAA volleyball champion.

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:38 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

First off good for Timmy standup for what he thinks is correct second hey allyou idiots posting about timmy be disresctfull and all I suggest you go and read what teh 1st Adm says then after that maybe go read what Timmys statement on why he idn't go and for the record yes a few players didn't go to the White House when GW Bush was in office.

I swear 90% of Amerians have no clue about the US Consitution or The Bill of Rights

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