I’m not around for the next three (work) days, but that doesn’t mean DMD can’t roll on, right?
BTW, “DMD” is short for “Drew’s Morning Dish” the same way “DMB” is short for Dave Matthews Band.
Anyway, I’m not sure why everyone is so worked up about Matt Birk’s decision to not visit the White House because of the President’s stance on abortion.
Isn’t that Birk’s right in this (supposedly) still free country of ours?
I thought so, anyway.
The one quote I’ve seen from all the armchair experts is this one: “It doesn’t matter if you like the President, if you get invited to the White House you should go.”
No, not really.
That sort of theory works in Fantasy Land, but not in real life.
There’s no law – yet – that says you have to approve of or like the President or any other political figure, for that matter.
Honestly? – If WNST.net got invited to the Governor’s Mansion in Annapolis to celebrate our recent selection as Baltimore’s Number One Sports Radio Station, I most certainly wouldn’t go.
I think the guy down there and the rest of the people running our state are about as effective as Freddy Garcia was on Wednesday night in Houston.
I’d simply say, “Nah, Drew’s not going down there to meet the Governor.”
Likewise, I see how someone like Matt Birk who has strong faith-based beliefs would pass on a trip to the White House to meet the guy who runs the country and believes in abortion.
Sure — it’s football, not politics, that sent Birk and his teammates to Washington, DC, but if you don’t like the President or don’t approve of his politics, why would you want to waste a day at the White House when you could be home in Minnesota playing golf or mowing your lawn?
I had the chance to go to the White House on Wednesday.
Like Luke and Nestor and several other media members in Baltimore, I could have gone down to DC on Wednesday and “covered” the event.
I wasn’t motivated to do it, frankly, because I’m just not that interested in meeting the President. I’m sure if I was a “fan” of the work he’s doing and it was a big deal to me, personally, I would have made the trip.
Had Fred Couples been the man inviting people on Wednesday, I would have signed up for that and put on my Sunday best to meet up with my all-time favorite golfer.
Alas, it wasn’t Couples, it was Barack Obama who was doing the hosting.
I can respect the office of the President – which I do – and still think the guy running the office is failing – which I do – and then choose to just say “no thanks” when given the chance to either meet him or cover an event that includes him.
I don’t blame Matt Birk for not showing up on Wednesday.
And I don’t criticize anyone who DID go to the White House.
It’s a free country.