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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: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:30 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Every year, you hear of a player that refuses to go to the White House.  First off, until you can do a better job running this country, you should show respect.  If George Washington was President, I can guarantee you wouldn't have an option of going or not; nowadays, there is too much liberalism.  I hope Dumb Little Tim Thomas never has the opportunity to go to the White House again..


ALFIwantsout
Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:17 pm
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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:13 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

I love that you just called yourself intelligent....Intelligent people have something to say where as you have to say something.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:06 pm
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Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:00 pm
 

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 head to Canada...



Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:55 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Finally, Obama has done something useful and worthwhile with his term as president of the US, he, well he....oh, nevermind, my bad



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:32 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines


its time to stop all these stupid white house visits by every team that wins any kind of championship...even the womens NCAA volleyball team got a visit....they are stupid and only exist to impress brain dead morons . They are also cheap public relations gimics by politicians and sports teams. 


I dont give a rats a$$ what Thomas' reason was.....good for him for not going. 



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:27 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

All you Obama lovers can go channel Matt Lauer and suck it...

Channeling Matt Lauer would require sucking on it 



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:21 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

interesting. im willing to bet that had a player done this not 4 years ago the same people who are saying way to go tim thomas would be calling that person unamerican and telling him to leave the country. funny how over the past several years what used to be unamerican and unpatriotic are now some how very patriotic and they are just expressing their god given rights. what jokes you all are....



Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:17 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Tim Thomas:  Shut up and stop pucks.


And if you get around to it, finally admit that you are gay.  


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