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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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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:13 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Patsfan50, you should have passed on the click button in response to that post. The fact you missed the point most of this great post is rather laughable. 95% of that post was asking questions. Since TT didn't actually have the balls to tell us why he didn't want to go the White House, that is all we have is questions. Does anyone really think Tim Thomas would have taken this stand with George Bush in the WH. Please, at least have the guts to say you couldn't stomach having your picture taking with a President you don't respect and dislike. At least Hank Williams Jr. didn't hide his hatred for the enemy........

Sorry lizardking but you could not be more off base. Fact is yes they were question and they were questions designed specifically to elicit a negative response towards Thomas.  Who is to say Thomas wanted any of this attention, yes I know he is obviously going to get it but the plain and simple fact is the guy owes NOBODY an explanation. Was his not going affecting you or anyone else? No, well maybe his team mates but not us. People like you and the OP think Thomas owes us an explanation. While I freely admit that I would love to hear more than what was said it is up to Thomas if he wants to explain further.  My point was, which you obviously missed, was that the OP just asked questions that were totally set up to make Thomas look bad when he has zero idea of what Thomas really thinks. Who knows the OP could be dead on with TT but he could also be off the mark for a while. Let me ask you this however, if you were invited to the White House and for whatever reason declined. Would you expect to have to explain it to the world? I wouldnt, its my business. Get the point? As for him not doing it if Bush was Pres still? You have ZERO way of knowing if that is true or not. Lastly I do agree with Hank Williams Jr not hiding his feelings, life would be much easier if folks were open like him but 99% are not, thats life.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:57 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

cbuckyoung, I'm not sure what you're post had to do with Thomas and his reasons, unless you're channeling him and letting us know what his issues are, but let's start with the first sentence of the Constitution.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

How exactly do you think that justice, tranquility, welfare, and liberty happen in the absence of education?

Those people, and the Party they belong to that  wants to dismantle public education in America know that well. They want the blessings of liberty only for themselves, on the basis of their class, their color and their daddy's bank book.

It's not only un-American, it's also very, very wrong.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:54 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Addressed appropriately.  And well said actually.  Our government and its' system suck.  If you cant admit to that, you re rich.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:54 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Cbuck, you have some valid points, but I have a very simple question for you. What do you think the words "Department of Energy" would have meant when the Constitution was written??? Horse Power perhaps??? Just asking.....

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:46 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Let me answer that Burt, he is a moron!!!!

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:44 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

Hey Rock, I have news for you, the government has been out of control for my entire life and I was born before before JFK was assinated. Now please tell me what is going to change tomorrow now that Tim Thomas has taken his stand???? That is my point. Not the time, not the place. Now if you are Tim Thomas and you don't like the way things are going in this country, do something real about it. Quit hockey and run for office if you are serious. We both know what the odds of that are. Chose a different forum and make a difference if that is something you believe in or risk looking like a selfish fool..... 

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:34 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

The Constitution addresses three times as much what the three branches of government CAN NOT do verses enumerated rights of the government. No where does The Constitution mention education. Yet, we have a U.S. Department of Education controlling every aspect of education. Nowhere does The Constitution mention energy. Yet, we have a Department of Energy which was specifically established to make America more "energy independent." When it was established America imported 32% of its energy needs. Today, we import well over 60% of our energy needs. The U.S. Department of Energy has intruded into every aspect of the energy business at a cost of 86 Billion dollars to make us less energy independent. Get the picture. Obama and his cronies gave 538 million to Solyndra and POTUS said, "it is doing fine" just months before Solyndra went bankrupt. Who gave the federal government the "right" to pick economic winners and losers. Not the templete of the U.S. government-The Constitution. Republicans and Democrates bailed out banks, insurance agencies, auto companies under the rationale that "they are to big to fail." Where is that concept in The Constituion or Bill of Rights? Tim Thomas is right! Another great save!

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:32 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

BTW, I keep seeing this in posts. Who here on this board has said that Tim Thomas didn't have a "right" to pass on this invitation??? Make no mistake, nobody forced him to go, he wasn't dragged against his will and nobody is about to throw Tim Thomas in jail. So please stop saying Tim Thomas had every right not to go. NEWSFLASH, we all know that!!!!!

But this doesn't mean freedom of choice doesn't come with personal reprecussions. I'm quite sure Tim Thomas has no idea yet, but he will be viewed as a very different person after today by a lot of people. Some will have respect for his decision and others will view him as way more than the hated opposing goalie. Hope he is ready for that and it was worth it......

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:31 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

first to six, are you questioning our freedom to criticize Tim for his decision? Since you just used your freedom to defend it, I should have the same freedom to criticize it. Are you a hypocrite or a moron?

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:27 pm

Thomas explains decision to not visit White House

I am now a big Thomas fan!  I may even buy his jersey!!  And the clown who hopes he gets booed, aint gonna happen loser.  He will get cheers.

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