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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: May 13, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:21 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

If only more public figures like Tim would be so forthcoming. What you call a selfish act I call an act of bravery. I agree whole heartedly with Mr. Thomas. I wish there were more high profile proud Americans like him that would make similar statements. The middle class has zero representation unless you work for a union. The government is devaluing our beloved dollar to the point where we are at risk of losing our AAA+ rating and other nations want to use other currencies to tie to the price of oil which would have a huge impact on our economy. There is not enough level headed high profile people out there educating the people. Tim has made a public statement that might make a couple people take interest and get educated and possibly vote to change the direction we are headed in. Good for him. He lost your respect but gained mine.
EXACTLY!!!!!  RON PAUL 2012!!!!!!!!



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:17 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

If only more public figures like Tim would be so forthcoming. What you call a selfish act I call an act of bravery. I agree whole heartedly with Mr. Thomas. I wish there were more high profile proud Americans like him that would make similar statements. The middle class has zero representation unless you work for a union. The government is devaluing our beloved dollar to the point where we are at risk of losing our AAA+ rating and other nations want to use other currencies to tie to the price of oil which would have a huge impact on our economy. There is not enough level headed high profile people out there educating the people. Tim has made a public statement that might make a couple people take interest and get educated and possibly vote to change the direction we are headed in. Good for him. He lost your respect but gained mine.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:32 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

I can not think of one good reason why the President should honor any porfessional sports team.. The whole thing is an absolute joke and I applaud Tim Thomas for seeing between the lines and recognizing the absurdity of the whole thing.  T



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:15 am
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Gee, I dunno Nep... my research shows Denny Hastert, Republican from Illinois,  as Speaker of the House from 1999-2007. My Gov 101 tells me that to be Speaker, his Party had control of the House.  How  did the Dems control congress with a GOP Speaker of the House?

Then there's the issue (I'm sure you'll remember) that the Senate started as a Democratic controlled one, then flipped to Republican, then flipped back. Certainly no clear control there, although for a time it was a GOP Prez, a GOP House and GOP Senate.

Hence the broad feelings that the act is Bush (pun intended).

Might not have looked it up if ya hadn't told us you worked in Washington, but then,  that's making me a bit like Timmy isn't it, mistrusting you just because of where you work and what you do. That's not cool.

If your service in DC has been on our behalf (not everyone's is, after all) then you have my gratitude. It doesn't seem like it would be a very fun place to work.






Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:53 pm
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

A lot of you are completely missing the point. To me, its not a matter of TT's politcal issues (as I actually agreed with some of things he said about the government and am not the biggest Obama fan myself).  But I have a major problem with what Tim Thomas did here.  To me, he showed nothing but selfishness and disrespect toward his TEAMMATES.  Your team is being honored for winning the Stanley Cup Championship, smoething you all sweat blood and tears to accomplish, and when the time comes to celebrate and be honored with your teammates, you completely ditch them cuz you dont agree with the views of the presenter. If I'm a teammate of Tim Thomas, I'd be extremely disapointed in him and wouldve lost a ton of respect for him because you intentionally a special moment for your team because of your own personal reasons (non-emergency). To me, he's a prick.



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:49 pm
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

No.6 said "Newsflash Timmy. Under George W. Bush the Patriot Act and the Office Of Homeland Security were the two biggest expansions of govt. Add the insane pat-downs of children and elderly. It started along time ago. No reason for OMS. Just CIA & FBI work and share intell. Pat down of little children seems like a Police State."

Actually your very wrong GW Bush had nothing to do with The Patriots Act of DHS that was a Democratic control Congress that introduced the three Bills that would become the Patriots Act and DHS.GW Bush was actually against The Patriots Act and only after certain items were taken out then he signed the law as for DHS well that was going to happen before 9/11 anways the Bill for that was introduced back in 1999 and it took 2 years to get it worked out.

Really folks don't come on here posting stuff you have no clue about I work in Washington spend almost 50 hours a week on the Hill so yea shut up already oh and some of you need to go back to US Government Studies 101.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:41 pm
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Ahhh, lookie here, Tim Thomas has a new fan, DEX_MORGAN. His decision is already paying dividends......



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:37 pm
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Patsfan for real??? Who's to say Thomas wanted this attention??? What did he think was going to happen when he decided not to go??? BTW, I didn't miss your point. I just think its a really bad point. So if the test here is that we need to be personally effected by a story to comment on it, why does this board exist. I'll make this real easy on you, here is how I feel. Tim Thomas had every right to do what he did and I have every right to criticize him. Are we good with that, or does Tim Thomas' rights supercede mine???

BTW, you asked if I were ever invited to the WH and declined to go the WH would I expect to have to explain it. First off all, I wouldn't decline the invitation (no matter who was the President). In this context, I would do this for my teammates if for no other reason. But I'll play the game, if I were to decline, not only would I "expect" to have to explain myself, I would "want" to explain myself if I felt strongly enough to take that action in the first place.....


DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:29 pm
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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:17 pm
 

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Newsflash Timmy. Under George W. Bush the Patriot Act and the Office Of Homeland Security were the two biggest expansions of govt. Add the insane pat-downs of children and elderly. It started along time ago. No reason for OMS. Just CIA & FBI work and share intell. Pat down of little children seems like a Police State.


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