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Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:27 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 9:28 pm
 
Thomas elected not to visit the White House with teammates (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

WASHINGTON -- The Boston Bruins were at the White House on Monday to meet President Barack Obama. Well, almost all of them.

There was one very notable absence as the Bruins were honored in the East Room of the White House. Nobody could seem to find Tim Thomas among the crowd of players in the background. Soon enough, word got out that he elected to skip the event.

"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.

Sure enough, the reasons were made clear. Here is the message Thomas posted a little after 6 ET on his Facebook page.

I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT

There was a lot of anger across the hockey world on Monday because of Thomas' decision not to show up. I don't understand it one bit.

Let me say that I, myself, would never turn down an opportunity to be honored by the President of the United States, no matter how much I dislike him. It's about the office, the individual.

With that said, I have zero problem with Thomas passing on it. None at all. He has his beliefs and convictions and has every right to stand up for them. To the people who are complaining that he is being selfish and taking away from the team's spotlight, I say mission: accomplished. Look how much attention he is getting because of this and thus getting his political views shared with everybody.

"Everybody has their own opinions and political beliefs. He chose not to join us," team president Cam Neely told the media after the ceremony. "We certainly would have liked to have him come and join us but that's his choice. All the guys came except for Tim. It's his decision and his choice."

Neely would later release another statement on the matter, this time a little more officially than his after-ceremony comments to the media.

"As an organization we were honored by President Obama's invitation to the White House. It was a great day and a perfect way to cap our team's achievement from last season. It was a day that none of us will soon forget. We are disappointed that Tim chose not to join us, and his views certainly do not reflect those of the Jacobs family or the Bruins organization. This will be the last public comment from the Bruins organization on this subject."

Nobody should be upset about this, it's just not a big deal. He declined to go, so be it. What's the big deal?

My only issue with it is that it added a more newsy element to an otherwise light-hearted day for the Bruins. Well that and the mixing of hockey and politics. That's never a good idea.

There are so many mixed feelings on all of this, and I'm not talking about the politics themselves. Of course people won't agree on that. But sometimes you have athletes who are chided for not caring enough, not using their positions of power to make an impact. Then when players do just that, they get ripped for sharing their political views; why do we care what a goaltender thinks about big government?

I say anything that leads to discussion can't hurt. And after seeing some of the players and team officials after the ceremony, I don't think it detracted much from their experiences either. Really, this is a case of no harm, no foul for me. The man had a choice to make and he made it.

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Comments

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:15 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

I guarantee you he would've gone to the White House if the president was a Republican. I don't buy his "it's both parties' fault" line.

...just like most of you who celebrate Thomas' decision aren't "independent" at all



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:02 am
 

Wild assumptions about Bill O'Reilly ??

To address each of your mistaken points; It`s in all the REAL news sources concerning O`Reilly about his own sexual scandal if that`s what you`re not aware of.Cost him a ton to make it go away and be kept quiet.
If it`s the "about the office part",i watch Fox "News" O`Reilly factor for a laugh and to see just how much damage he does do to the USA by lying by omission.The man`s a traitor and digusting.Good thing the WWF isn`t on all the time or he`d have nobody watching him.Other than me of course in disbelief.It also helps make the Daily Show and The Colbert Report even funnier when you watch O`Reilly whining about Stewart and Colbert.Glenn Beck ? What assumption are you talking about there ? If your ratings are up,Rupert Murdoch dosen`t get rid of you.Duh !Just ask the half governor,Palin
Tim Thomas is in other REAL news sources being QUOTED,verbatim,(that means word for word,his own words) that he admires Glenn Beck and slave owners(founding fathers) Those are facts.Should i use smaller words and speak slower for you ? 
And by the way,i`m a Bruins fan.Happy they beat Vancouver.And i used to like Tim Thomas`s play and cheer for him.Untill i found out what a brain dead idiot he is.I`m just not that fussy about people that admire slave owners.That`s just my opinion on slavery of course.You obviously have a different one



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:55 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

espvinny doesn't like TT, so he automatically makes vile comments and wild assumptions about Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck. Don't how those two made it into the discussion, since it was never mentioned in this article or by TT himself. A little reading comprehension and common sense would do you good, fool.


TT Said that if he could have dinner with one person, it would be Glenn Beck.
Which, of course is retarded because Glenn Beck is the planet's biggest idiot.

As for TT's decision not to go, I applaud it.  It's his choice.    &nbs
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Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:31 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

espvinny doesn't like TT, so he automatically makes vile comments and wild assumptions about Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck. Don't how those two made it into the discussion, since it was never mentioned in this article or by TT himself. A little reading comprehension and common sense would do you good, fool.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:25 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Though a Flyers fan who has seen my team defeated by Thomas, I must say I now have new found respect for Tim Thomas. He clearly gets it and is not afraid to make a statement on what's wrong with our out-of-control government and politicians.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:25 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

I think thegup hit the nail squarely on the head in this case.

Tim Thomas is a multimillionaire. The President has said he and other millionaires  need to pay their fair share of taxes. Being rich, TT sees this as stealing, and won't have anything to do with the man.

And here we all were talking about Rights and free speech....



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:08 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

..An observation from a Canadian....No matter what your take is on Tim Thomas' actions, be thankful that you live in a country, where voicing your opinion in public-is OK!!  Just one of the HUGE freedoms that you all enjoy as Americans...a person can protest anything in the US, and he probably won't be persecuted for it...Try being a member of the National Goat Kissing Team in Iran, decline an invitation from Ahmanutjob to visit the palace to celebrate your great victory, decline because you OPENLY spoke out against how his government is running things, and you're still a champ, but you're also a dead man!!



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:54 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Obama and his socialist redsitribution agenda is more of a threat to this country than 100 Bin Ladens.  At least Thomas is smart enough to rsalize this. Good for him.  I don't like the Bruins, but I will get his jersey.



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:50 am
 

I thought it was all about the "office" ?

I thought it was all about the "office" ? When that dunce G.W.Bush was president,all you ever heard from that pervert O`Reilly at Fox "News" was people "denegrating"the office,and it "wasn`t about the man,it`s about the office".Well,which is it ? Obama`s started less wars,and killed most of the bad guys in the wars that Dick Chenney and Karl Rove started for that poor dunce.
And Thomas idols are GLENN BECK ?!? And a bunch of slave owning white guys who had a few ideas for their day,but do nothing but cause continuous problems in this day and age.
Glenn Beck`s so nuts even that low life Rupert Murdoch took him off the air.And Rupert Murdoch`s responsible for hacking into the e-mail of Fox`s favorite go-to-phrase..."the heroes",soldiers.And Beck was to crazy for even THAT low life scum bag.
Thank god Thomas is American.Any other country would be embarrassed if one of their sports role models treated the American President like that.
By the way Timmy,now that we see how smart you are,you DO know that some of your heroes owned human beings.They were called slaves.And they wrote that centuries old paper everyone insists is still such a great idea today.Which i guess is why there`s such hate for the last dozen years or so for your government by it`s own people.
The USA has become a big,powerful joke to the rest of the world.I can see why.With idiots like Thomas admiring Glenn Beck and slave owners,no wonder



Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:38 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Being this is a hockey board, lets talk politics!.... We do live in the USA, and everybody has the right to choice, or so we think anyway. So I don't have a big issue with Thomas not going. I for one would never turn down an invitation to the White House...but then again, who the hell am I? Just an ordinary guy. I would get this more, if someone had done this 3 years ago when most everybody was losing their homes, the market was crashing and people were all out of work. It just seems as if Thomas is a little late on the point here. Not that everything is all rosey just yet, but it sure is a lot better then it was. Whatever Tim, and Macgeo, you sound like a very intelligent person. Great post!


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