President Barack Obama invited the Boston Bruins over to the White House recently to honor them for their Stanley Cup championship, but Tim Thomas, the team’s goalie, was a no-show.
Apparently, his absence was not at all accidental; Thomas decided to use his invitation to the White House as an opportunity to voice his disdain for the government. While it may come off as if he isn’t exactly a fan of Obama, in a post on his Facebook he says that his decision wasn’t in protest of one political party or another–it was in protest of the government as a whole.
Here’s what Thomas had to say on his Facebook:
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
Thomas may be insisting that his decision has nothing to do with the party that President Obama is affiliated with, but his actions were nonetheless enough to spark a bit of a political firestorm.
“My advice to him is to stick to hockey,” said Phil Johnston, a top state Democrat who served under President Clinton. “I think Bruins players are taken seriously for their hockey, not for their politics.”
What do you think of Tim Thomas’ decision to back out of the White House Stanley Cup ceremony?
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