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B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:02 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 8:11 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

WASHINGTON -- The Boston Bruins had the honor and privilege to visit the White House and President Barack Obama on Monday, continuing a long tradition of sports champions being honored by the POTUS.

Not everybody was there -- the whole nation is looking at you Tim Thomas -- but the majority of the Bruins were. Heck, even old friend Tomas Kaberle made the trip in to visit the White House and take in his vetting of the Bruins for their Stanley Cup championship.

Here is video (apologies for the shakiness, a guy can only do so much holding a camera over his head) of the president addressing the Bruins and congratulating them.

Lord Stanley's Cup was there, so was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts senator John Kerry was there, parked out in the front row. The throng of media members surrounded all of the family members and people of the Bruins organization for the vetting. It was a special day for all the Bruins.

It also had the obligatory Zdeno Chara is tall talk and presidential jokes. Although his first one of the short ceremony was a bit more candid.

"The Bruins, the Sox, the Celtics, now the Patriots. Enough already, Boston," Obama said. "What's going on, huh?"

The only downside to the afternoon was the absence of Thomas, who elected to skip the event on his own merit.

"He chose not to come. The reasons behind it I think he'll make the media aware through his Facebook," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after the ceremony.

It put a damper on the day for the Bruins, the story of Thomas being a no-show, but not too much. For the players it was still a treat. I had the chance to catch up with Brad Marchand afterward in the Diplomatic Room and the excitement of the day was still very evident, even after the president gave Marchand a little ribbing, noting one of his many nicknames of the "Little Ball of Hate."

It was a day fit for champions, and almost all of them were there. Almost.

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Comments

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:24 am
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Wow couldn't find a 3rd grader to right it better....MORON.


Great job retard...  maybe I'll have you RIGHT it for me... MORON


draper1997
Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:19 pm
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RonBoss2
Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:09 pm
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Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:08 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Sorry, didn't realize the comments were listed bottom-up.  Thought maybe we had other topics of interest – guess not yet.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:04 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Racism, just maybe??
Eight pages in before that card is played – maybe sports fans are wiser than we give them credit for.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:54 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Because of Tim thomas people are talking politics on a sports page.   I wonder how many people here think talking politics on a sports page will sway opinions?



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:52 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

I heard that there was a prerequisite to visiting the W.H.... you have to have at least half as high as the prez's IQ.  That's why Thomas didn't make it.  It also explains why no one ever missed visiting the W.H. during Bush's tenure.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:45 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

The one who needs to 'respect the office' is the guy sitting in it between golf outings and vacation flights at $12,000 a minute.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:29 pm
 

B's honored at White House while Thomas declines

Tim Thomas for president


Obsorn
Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:58 pm
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