April 17, 2012


It took me a second to catch on, but I saw this last night and laughed myself into physical pain. The good fans of Washington DC created this special welcome for Boston Goaltender Tim Thomas:


For those keeping score: I love Thomas as a goaltender, except that he might be better than my hero, Ken Dryden. I fulsomely respect his Tea Party views but think he was wrong to decline a White House invitation.

Obama Administration Posted by John Kranz at April 17, 2012 1:18 PM

Did not catch the sign on the right: "Hey, Tim I totally printed this using taxpayer $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$"

Hilarious. Go Bruins!

Posted by: jk at April 17, 2012 1:29 PM

I respectfully disagree. If he doesn't have the right to decline, then it's not an invitation, it's a summons. Free men are not subject to commands in this instance. And I cannot believe that I'm having to defend a free man's individual right to freely associate or not associate here on these hallowed pages.

My recollection may be off on this point - and correct me if I'm wrong, please - but I seem to recollect that Mr. Thomas politely declined and made no public statement on it until he was put on the spot and an explanation demanded of him. He was more gentlemanly about it that I would have been; I would have been more along the lines of Tony Stark schooling Senator Stern on private property rights.

Of course, I will also admit that were I in his skates, twelve feet of glass would be taking an awful lot of accidental stray slap shots.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at April 17, 2012 4:51 PM

And since I am a NASCAR retard: I recollect Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch having schedule conflicts when they were summoned last September. Precedent.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at April 17, 2012 4:55 PM

He certainly has the right to demur -- I was not suggesting he be thrown in the Tower or anything. And I agree was gentlemanly and bipartisan which softened my initial distaste.

I merely wanted to clarify that I was not posting this in support of his decision. When I win the Stanley Cup, I am going to the White House irrespective of the occupant.

Posted by: jk at April 17, 2012 5:03 PM

Going to an extreme only to make a point: Would you go to the White House if Hitler Barry Manilow were the sitting President of the United States?

Posted by: johngalt at April 19, 2012 4:25 PM

("Hitler" was supposed to be struck out in prior comment.)

Posted by: johngalt at April 19, 2012 4:31 PM

Too late! Godwin's Law has been violated. Hahahaha, no, the comment processor removes a lot of HTML, including <strike>

I'll have you know I have attended a Barry Manilow concert. So yeah, I am there. On the mustachioed gentleman from the Fatherland, my point is that President Obama is not in that camp. (A muslim-socialist-kenyan-anticolonialist-dog-eater maybe, but he's not a monster!)

I'd reserve refusal to leaders of that stature. But, yes, I respect his right.

Posted by: jk at April 19, 2012 4:47 PM | What do you think? [7]