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Tim Thomas is a goalie for the Boston Bruins. In 2011, the Bruins won the NHL's Stanley Cup and, as tradition goes, the championship team is invited to the White House to do a meet-and-greet with the president.

Thomas, though, is a Republican who said he would most like to have dinner with crazy person Glenn Beck. So Thomas decided to snub the offer and was the only Boston Bruin not to show up at the White House on Monday. Thomas explained his decision and for good measure, threw in that he hates both parties because the government is just so out of control:


“I believe the federal government has grown out of control, threatening the rights, liberties, and property of the people,” he said.

“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.”

Yeah, yeah, you're awesome. You decided to make a non-political event political and by choosing not to meet the president, you're daring to be the cool guy in Glenn Beck's club.

Funny, though, how Thomas is a member of the NHL Players Association, a union, and did not cross the picket line during the NHL lockout in 2004-2005. Funny how Thomas thinks he is entitled to the money, benefits and protection afforded to NHL players who perform in one of the most dangerous sports.

Thomas doesn't think us non-hockey players should get the same sort of deal. Social Security? Fuck you. Medicare? Fuck you. Government's out of control, brah.

So bravo to you, Tim Thomas, you brave patriot. When the people who pay your salary can't show up anymore because the Big Bad Government had to draw back, don't piss and moan about it. I'm sure a hockey goalie has all the skills to make it out there in the free market.

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  •  why do you hate so much (0+ / 0-)

    the man is free to do as he likes and say as he likes ( well sorta), and you hate this why?

    When you get good enough at something you are invited to the Whitehouse, feel free to go, until then, stop fucking whining.

    Bad is never good until worse happens

    by dark daze on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 11:08:31 AM PST

  •  Thanks, good diary. (4+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, ER Doc, pittie70, EMBA30

    I'd also add that this government (Federal, presumably) that he hates so much is taxing him at the lowest levels since the fifties. Poor little victim Timmy.

    Also, how could his not attending be anything but a political statement when he goes on a right wing scree about why he's not attending?

    But I digress, this is all part and parcel with the Republican Derangement Syndome. Why would expect any different from a Beck follower?

    KOCH INDUSTRIES: We're living your American dream so you don't have to!

    by DirtyLibrul on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 11:18:43 AM PST

  •  Ironically (11+ / 0-)

    Most of the players at the WH were Canadian and were quite happy to meet Obama.  He's very popular in Canada

  •  It's not just the President (4+ / 0-)
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    suzq, rb608, Loge, SkylarkingTomFoolery

    he blew off, it's his entire team -- he wouldn't even have the honor if it wasn't for the players in front of him scoring goals and blocking shots. Wasn't all that thrilled with LaRussa and Pujols blowing off the Cardinals visit to the WH either, though since they're no longer with the club it's a bit more understandable (Pujols is now an Angel, LaRussa retired).

    It costs nothing to practice at least common courtesy and show respect, even if you don't care for the current officeholder; if I'd done something to warrant a trip to a Republican White House, I'd certainly go just to see if they're as corrupt in person as they appear on TV.

    Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes (modified)

    by Cali Scribe on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 12:17:23 PM PST

  •  He did more than (4+ / 0-)
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    suzq, lexalou, rb608, Loge

    make his personal statement. He injected politics into the hockey arena here in Boston.

    It's bad enough that our sports stations are owned by Clear Channel and other right-wing nuthouses.

    Thomas just put a great big dividing line in an arena where it doesn't belong. Thanks a lot, moron. Had he just come out nad made statements about the government and Beck and whatever on facebook, or at sites like this, then more power to him, but he stole the spotlight and made a traditional event all about him.

    And for the record, were I invited to meet George Bush, I would more certainly go and would be thrilled about it, even though I disagreed with the guy on most issues. There is a concept that we're all in this together, that we're ONE nation, indivisible, made up of people with 300+ million viewpoints and more power to all of them.

    So anyone can and should speak up. But Thomas went over that line with his grandstanding, and he's taken quite a bit away from many Bruins fans to satisfy his own Narcissistic needs.

    I know I'm cheering to Rask from now on.

    •  I read a story that said (0+ / 0-)

      when my man Rasheed Wallace (Philly native, Muslim) won a title with the Pistons, he said he wouldn't say a word to Bush.  Of course he went anyway, and the President was quite gracious to him and they wound up talking about Wallace's daughter.  

      "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by Loge on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 01:42:53 PM PST

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  •  I agree with Charlie Pearce (4+ / 0-)
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    suzq, rb608, cwholcomb, I give in to sin

    If Thomas doesn't want to go, he doesn't have to go.  No big deal.

    However, that non-political reason for not going sure looks political to me.  

    If he really doesn't want to make a non-political statement, then he could have said nothing.

    Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

    by MoDem on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 12:42:20 PM PST

  •  He politicized a non-political event (5+ / 0-)

    The President of your country invited you to the White House to honor your achievement in winning the Stanley Cup, and YOU being named series MVP.

    It had nothing to do with the gubmint. It was not a campaign rally. Politics had nothing to do with it. It was that evil government honoring you and your teammates.

    If there was a massive intrusion of "the government" in our lives, maybe it is using armed government agents to shut down major streets in a major American city so loudmouths like you could drive around hugging that Cup in front of thousands of adoring fans.

    Nice of the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to spend a few tax dollars kissing your ass, Timmy Boy. How much of the tab did you or that rich fat ass from Buffalo you work for pick up? Huh?

    Or the gubmint money that helped build the damn arena you work in.

    Or the full scholarship you got from a state university, after a public school education, to play hockey.

    Or the gubmint that protects your rights as a union man so the owners don't run over you like the old days. Enjoy that union pension, Timmy. Better than the autoworkers you left behind are gonna get.

    Another pig in the trough complaining about the service.

    When it costs a couple hundred bucks for a night in the nosebleeds watching you, who's screwing who?

    I liked you Timmy. Proud that you were a Michigan kid who battled through some tough times and brought the Cup back to Boston. But fuck you.

    You didn't want to go, fine but shut the hell up. Don't insult somebody trying to be nice to you; and was still nice to you after you dissed him.

    Democrats are not always right, but Republicans are insane.

    by BobBlueMass on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 01:15:35 PM PST

  •  up there with the likes of (1+ / 0-)
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    John Rocker and Luke Scott. It's his right, sure; it's my right to think he's a jackass, too.

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