Now of those who know me, recognize that my political ideologies are quite that to the contrary of those of the man that currently is occupying the White House. But in stating that, I think it was wrong for Boston Bruin’s star goalie Tim Thomas to snub his nose to the President of the United States.
It has been a tradition for a number of years that the sitting president hosts the previous year’s champion from hockey, football, basketball, and baseball. The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011. President Obama hosted the champs from “Bean” Town on January 23, 2012.
The Stanley Cup Conn Smyth Trophy Winner (MVP) and 2010-2011 Vezina Trophy winner (best goalie) apparently is a very conservative individual. And if you believe in the 1st amendment that this country so cherishes, then you’d agree that’s alright.
But when invited to the White House, Thomas refused. He was quoted as saying “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.” (Wikipedia, January, 2012).
I don’t necessarily disagree with what Thomas said. But he said it at the wrong time, in the wrong arena. Tim Thomas should have been honored to have won the Stanley Cup, been invited to the White House, and have the opportunity to meet the president. Sure I’m not a big fan of the president’s either. But when given the opportunity to see him at a Towson Tiger’s Basketball Game in November, I jumped at the opportunity. It wasn’t to see Barack Obama mind you, it was for the opportunity for my children to see the President of the United States. Tim Thomas should have put politics aside for one afternoon in January and went to the White House. There is plenty of time to play politics come November. Thomas put himself before his team.