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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: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:00 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Because the half black person who was elected President hadn't held a job in his life until his posse railroaded him into the White House?  Hopefully you're unemployed because you're a mentally handicapped dooche.  Go start with Dick and Jand and concentrate on Dick.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:54 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...



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:49 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Exactly .... It has nothing to do with race .... This was a bad president and he needs to be voted out.




Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:49 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

What a little pansy. Lost a lot of respect for TT today. You honor the position and not the man. I don't really care for Obama, but I understand the honor of that position and what a lot of people went through to enable us to have an elected president. I guess TT doesn't get that. To busy counting his millions in the country that is so awful to live in apparently, but ok to make millions. What an ass. I guess if he ever was drafted he wouldn't do that either. Not for this county and it's crap government. Pansy.



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:44 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

His loss.  I'm no Obama fan either but "American" and "Bruin" should have come before "Thomas the Hater".



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:33 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

'personal integrity' my a#%@. He's a straight up Redneck just like you. I hope that next time they play Philadelphia, he gets clocked in the face by a Wayne Simmonds Slap Shot!!



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:24 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

wtg! Thomas
 



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:23 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Thomas is a moron. Nobody cares about his political stance. Sports is suppose to be above politics but I guess he is to stupid to understand that. He thinks he's SPECIAL!



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:21 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Thank you Tim Thomas for bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston and then further showing your personal integrity by refusing to go anywhere near that Usurping Domestic Enemy occupying the White House!  I'd say it was unfortunate timing that your Championship happened at a time when this POS community agitator was staining the people's house, but really it's unfortunate that any of us have to suffer through this anti-American Marxists' intentional destruction of our country at this time so I guess we're all in the same boat....unless you're a welfare leftist or own a fake "green" energy business which puts you on Comrade Obamas redistribution of wealth list. 




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:21 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

 typical bruins crap...trying to steal former whalers great pat verbeeks nickname...ive got a nickname for him "the steve ott of boston"


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