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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: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:04 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

I guarantee all the posts that hate Obama because he's "destroyed" this country are the same people that STILL have their freedom of speech, STILL have the right to own a gun, STILL have the right to practice ANY religion and STILL will never be able to define what Socialism is...jmoon

Socialism is when you take from those that work and achieve and give to those who don't.....and it only lasts until the money runs out. Anything else you need defined Einstein?

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:01 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

84 ~ You misunderstand personal freedom for respect and responsibility, NEITHER of which the dis-honorable Mr Thomas has, in this manner.  He is typical Mr 1%, shallow man here.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:55 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

I applaud him for taking a position and accepting any criticism that comes with it.  He could have claimed he was sick, forgot his ID or  any of the other reasons atheletes have missed this event. 

I personally do not care for President Obama's policies but would have attended because he was honoring the team not the individuals.  Unfortunately we as a country have forgotten that if everyone prospers we are all better off.  We have also forgotten that we are one nation and not one collection of individuals.  At least Thomas gave a reason.  Maybe it will lead to discussion on what the source of our country's problems really are. 

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:38 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Good god man what was he thinking????  Its an honor ,tradition and privlage to be honored by the prez.   Non american players even think so.  If he stayed away as a political statement who cares. Ill start to really have my doubts about american politics if even 1 voter changes his mind because of what one player  does or says. It was a team event and honor. Show up and suck it up.
Im not an American but ill say the same to you as i do here... People show up and vote. For who its up to you and who you see deserves it. but please vote. to many people have done to much for people not to bother voting...

But enough of that Bruins  and Vancouver rematch anyone???

And on another note??? WT heck and why and who came up with the allstar draft...What a gimic and end of any tradition of the allstar teams that is!

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:34 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Mr. Thomas is now my #1 player in the NHL.

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

Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:25 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Its his right to accept or decline the invitation, even though in my (and many other's) opinion, in poor taste to decline the Presidential Invite.  You're supposed to put 'Team First' and if 'The Team' is invited to be congratulated for winning their respective sport's championship, then you put personal feelings aside and make the trip, you shake his hand, say thank you, and keep it moving.  Whether you agree with his policy or not, you owe him the respect you would give to any President of The United States BEFORE HIM, and AFTER HIM.  Between stunts like these, that whole Hank Williams Song Debacle, and other stuff, I dont even know what to say.  Pres. Obama has been thee most disrespected president in my own recent memory...ridiculous.  Too bad you have to suffer for another four years of poor baby.  But bottom line, represent your team, point blank.  And I dont even LIKE the Bruins.  Go Caps

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:24 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Can we stop jumping to conclusions?  Apparently quite a few of us on the post don't favor Obama--and Thomas' actions--but TT's declne doesn't make him unappreciative of his freedom, those who defend it, or his incredible blessing to make millions stopping an oversized rubber bullet. As a Flyers fan, I'm happy to root him down!  But today he used the same freedom some of us use against him to express sentiment about a controversial President. While we can't speak for him, we do know this: He tossed out what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make use of that freedom and that's not as cheap as some of us are making it out. I feel sorry for his teammates and fans, but to me, it sounds like more of the guts TT showed in winning Lord Stanley's MVP last year.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:11 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

You know to have someone on here talking about our freedoms is lunacy. Anyone that has half a brain can read the ideas that Obama has and every idea he has is made to take away more and more of our freedoms. If Obama had his way the government would take our guns, he is completely for it. We have as our president the biggest douche bag that could ever be allowed in there. The man has done nothing but lie to us from the second any of us ever heard of him.  BTW, all of this is comming from a man that actually believed in Obama enough that I worked on his campaign. Of all the ones that worked in the campaign office I was in Obama has exactly zero of us working for him this go round. Of the National Obama campaign staff there are only 3 that returned to join his re-election campaign. Oh and one final note to everyone, no president has been re-elected that has had lower than a 52% approval rating in Jan of a Presidential election.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:05 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Good post Co.  Sadly, you can't cure stupid.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:03 pm

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

And hopefully you're unemployed and vote for zerO again and stay unemployed because with a statement such as yours you'd be lucky to make $8.00/hour.  And the /hour means that is what you make each hour you "work".  Racism is alive and well in the US......from blacks.

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