Monday, January 23, 2012


The Boston Bruins were honored at the White House today for their Stanley Cup victory, but goalie Tim Thomas, a big Glenn Beck fan, refused to attend.

This (like a similar snub by five NASCAR drivers last September) is going to be taken by wingnuts as a sign that Obama is a big fat loser and someone real Americans recognize as a traitor -- the implication being that nothing like this would ever happen to a Republican.

Except that (as I noted at the time of the NASCAR incident) it does to happen to Republican presidents:

Um, anyone remember Michael Jordan snubbing President George H.W. Bush in 1991 when the NBA champion Chicago Bulls were invited to the White House? Or Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and five of his players snubbing President George W. Bush when the team was invited to the White House in 2006? Or Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban and defensive end Jason Tayloe snubbing W later that same year?

I understand the conventional wisdom: this kind of thing reflects badly on the president when the president is a Democrat, but it reflects badly on the athlete when the president is a Republican. But even if it is the conventional wisdom, you're still an idiot if you accept that conventional wisdom.

And as for you, Tim, here's a song that seems apropos. It's by your namesake.


c u n d gulag said...

As much as I hated Little Boots, and they hate Obama, I think you need to join your teammates and go to the event.

Suck it up, and go.

He ain't honoring you.
It ain't about YOU.
It's about your TEAM.
And there's no "i" in "t-e-a-m."

BH said...

In my Fantasy America, pro jocks - even the Big Winnahs - wouldn't get invited to the Casa Blanca by any Prez just for being pro jocks. They get paid, publicized & idolized too damn much as it is, & it contributes to the national infantile complex. That's how we end up with Jim Bunnings in the Senate.

Angie said...

Did you even bother reading the guy's statement before defending Obama against the alleged wingnututtery? I'm guessing not, since he went out of his way to say it wasn't about a person, party or politics.

Tom Hilton said...

Admit it, Steve: you wrote this item just so you could post that song. ;-)

Tom Hilton said...

@Angela: here's the quote:

Tim Thomas says he didn't attend the White House ceremony with President Barack Obama honoring the team for its 2011 Stanley Cup Championship because he believes the federal government "has grown out of control" and threatens rights and liberties.

Thomas said on his Facebook page Monday night he was exercising his rights. He said it wasn't "about politics or party," and he blames both political parties.

So it is, in fact, about ideology--serious fucktardian wingnut ideology, to be precise--which means he's full of shit when he says it isn't about politics.

: smintheus :: said...

Yup, Thomas is a serious Tea Party backer...and thus a conservative Republican in faux nonpartisan fawnskin breeches. As a long time Bruins fan, I say he showed himself to be a fool by behaving so petulantly.