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Why wasn’t Tim Thomas at the White House today?

Jan 23, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

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Boston goalie Tim Thomas decided to pass on the Bruins’ visit to the White House today where his teammates were feted by President Barack Obama for winning the Stanley Cup.

It’s not clear why Thomas skipped the ceremony – he’ll reportedly release a statement on his Facebook page later today.

In the meantime, we’ll pass on the following tweets from those speculating on his absence.

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So yeah, this probably won’t be a big deal or anything.

  1. rob1986s - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Not cool Tim, you’re an athlete not a political pundit. Just shake the President’s hand, smile for a photo and be done with it.

    Also does him being a hardcore republican jive with the predominantly Pro-Democrat state of Massachusetts?

    My guess is they could not care less. He could be a Fascist Anarchist, it still wouldn’t change the fact that he has a ring.

    • miketoasty - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      He never said that he didn’t go because of his views, this is just journalists guessing why he didn’t go. Please re read the article where it says “he’ll reportedly release a statement on his Facebook page later today.”

  2. dougr42 - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Whatever the reason, this just makes me love TT even more. Snubbing the president….LOLz.

  3. tmoore4075 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    You get to shake the President of the United States hand, you go. I’m sure there were plenty of non-Bush people on those 8 Cup Champs that went to the White House while he was in office and I don’t remember anyone skipping. I wasn’t a huge fan of President Bush but still would have gone. There have only been 44 presidents in the over 230 year history of our country. Just sad that this bring politics into sports. One of the few things that this stupid divisive crap didn’t seep but now here it is.

  4. stanjonathon - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    If he wants to underscore his support for Glenn Beck by being a knucklehead and not going to the White House when the President of the United States is honoring his team then he shouldn’t be holding himself out for national sponsorship deals like VISA. Like many crazy Beckheads, he’s a little too wrapped up with himself thinking other people give a crap what he thinks about politics. Shut for you know what pie hole and stop the puck. That’s all we pay you to do.

  5. imleftcoast - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Goalies are a little off, but I’d hope this wasn’t political. Is Timmeh struggling paying 15% in taxes?

  6. eggserino - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    rob1986s, nice Ferris Bueller reference.

    I wish that Tim Thomas would put this in perspective. Maybe he should’ve thought about the fact that he would have to go to the White House during a democratic presidency before leading the B’s to a Stanley Cup. Probably he should’ve thrown the series as a political statement.

    Even a Stanley Cup and Vezina winning goalie should not have a big enough ego to fail to shake hands with the President of the United States of America regardless of political background. Tim, you’re not Muhammed Ali being a conscientious objector over being drafted to go to Vietnam. You’re a well paid athlete who is being divisive because your team allows you…

    Piece of work.

  7. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    A team going to the White House isn’t about politics, it’s a tradition (that should probably end) so Thomas should have sucked it up and went and shook his hand. Show a little respect Tim cause right now you look like an a-hole!

    • imleftcoast - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      Can’t wait to see how Bruin fan on here explain that it is once again Vancouver’s fault for this. Either Vancouver elected Obama, Vancouver was flying the plane or Vancouver sent a bad email reservation. Everything the Bruins do is a reaction to something Vancouver has done.

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Are thou angry, brother?

      • Ralphie - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        “Everything the Bruins do is a reaction to something Vancouver has done.”

        Actually, you have it backwards. Everything the Bruins do causes Vancouver to react in a most obnoxious fashion. Case in point:

        Cause: Bruins beat Vancouver for Lord Stanley’s Cup in Vancouver

        Effect: Vancouverites try to burn the city of Vancouver to the ground.

        Asshat.

  8. gekkoguy82 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Who gives a flying crap? If he doesn’t want to meet the POTUS he doesn’t have to. That’s the beauty of living in a free country. People judging him for what he does with his own time is the real problem.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Didn’t have to wait long: it’s the media’s fault. Blame the Vancouver media, and you have a complete Bruin fan explanation for everything.

      • rob1986s - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        Come off it man. I’m a Canucks fan too but you’re being ridiculous. This has 0 to do with Vancouver.

    • eggserino - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      You’re right. He doesn’t have to meet the “POTUS.” This is a team event and he is saying he’s bigger than the team. It is also a free country and people have a right to criticize free speech, like I’m criticizing him and I’m criticizing you for suggesting that our free speech is a problem.

  9. obamablowz - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Maybe it’s because…Obamablowz?

  10. drewsylvania - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    The only people who really care about this are the same people who hate the Bruins anyway.

    Get. over. yourselves.

  11. redrew - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Thomas is not a socialist!! Why should he go?

  12. bcisleman - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I’m an Islander fan and could care less about Thomas or the Bruins. If Thomas wants to support a clown like Beck, that’s his business. If that is why he didn’t show up at the WH, then he’s as big a clown as Beck is. Everyone is entitled to believe what they want, but when you get invited to the WH, you go. It’s not about supporting whoever the President is. It’s about respecting the Presidency and the country.

    • xxshookonexx - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      This

  13. sdelmonte - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I bet a lot of these guys didn’t vote at all in 2008.

    Not in the US, at least.

  14. icedog97 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I hate politics.

    Most of the time today’s politics undermine the entire reason for why political parties were established in the first place.

    It’s less about choices and what’s right for the country and more about ‘our party’…ugh!!!

    Anyway, it’s not like there is a law that says you have to see the President if invited.

    But if he really chose not to go because he is a republican, then that also would confuse me a little.

    Obama IS the President…it’s not like he’s visiting the Democratic candidate for President who wasn’t already in office.

    And how tough is it really…you shake his hand…take pictures with your teammates, celebrate your accomplishment and get to visit the Nation’s Capital. I mean the White House isn’t Democratic or Republican…it’s the home of our country’s (current) leader.

    While I respect his right to choose, if he stayed away because he’s republican, then he’s just one more example of how party lines make people act like…well..act less than logical sometimes.

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      I completely agree.

      Sadly, nowadays, you only respect the office of President of the United States if it’s held by the party to which you align.

      I wonder what Tim would say if the GOP wins next year and a left-leaning player doesn’t shake hands with President Romney or Gingrich?

  15. jpelle82 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    i thought it was because he was still stuck in that boston cab while he was on the phone with peggy

  16. bigtganks - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Why wasn’t Jack Edwards’ dog at the White House today?

  17. bigtganks - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Where is Jack Edwards in the photo? I mean, he got photos with the cup, got a ring, I mean, he’s part of the team right?!

  18. thewildbriar - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    As a Bruins fan, I’m trying not to jump to conclusion just yet, but I am still seriously dissapointed. You are one of two Americans on the team and you can’t even shake the president’s hand?

    I think it is disrespectful and depending on the statement he makes, could change the way I view TT forever.

    Go B’s

  19. jagrbomb18 - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    It’s a free country is it not? Who are Presidents these days anyway….

  20. doitbigreggiemckenzie - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    stanjonathon – Jan 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM
    If he wants to underscore his support for Glenn Beck by being a knucklehead and not going to the White House when the President of the United States is honoring his team then he shouldn’t be holding himself out for national sponsorship deals like VISA. Like many crazy Beckheads, he’s a little too wrapped up with himself thinking other people give a crap what he thinks about politics. Shut for you know what pie hole and stop the puck. That’s all we pay you to do.

    Isn’t this you giving a crap about all those crazy beckheads?

  21. tmjm621 - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Hes prolly racist or just against democrats. Im from the same area hes from and theres a lot of race shit to deal with believe it or not.

  22. arsement - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Please do not become PFT with all of your censorship… what is the agenda here that my posts get removed? How annoying.

  23. blomfeld - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    SO WHAT WAS OBAMA TO HAVE DONE ?

    I like Tim Thomas as a hockey player, but snubbing the president like this was very misguided and extremely naive. People should think back to election night in November of 2008 and the situation we were in then. Sure it seemed like a wonderful evening, with Obama claiming the presidency and promising us all a fresh start. In reality however, it was essentially the equivalent of someone being promoted to Captain of the Titanic one hour “after” hitting the iceberg ! The tables were stacked against Obama from the very start and I for one am utterly amazed that we’re even still afloat ! Think what would have happened if government spending had been stopped and all the massive corporations and banks were left to die ungainly deaths on their own ? .. social upheaval ? .. massive unemployment ? .. anarchy ? .. class war ? … at least Obama has tried his best to avert what is probably now inevitable.

    So I’m sorry Tim Thomas, as you were very “cool” last spring when you gave it to the Sisters and that Italian “tire pumper” … but on this one you’re dead wrong ! If you want to make a statement against “them” then go and call out the members of the Bilderberg Group, the Rothschilds, the Schlumbergs or the Illuminati. Don’t take it out on the decent “well-intentioned” man who is Barack Obama …

  24. foodforthesoul28 - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    Thank you Tim Thomas! This is great!

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