Tim Thomas sure stirred up a hornet’s nest, didn’t he? The Boston Bruin’s goalie made a personal decision to not meet President Obama. He said his piece on Facebook about why he decided to forego the meeting. Fair enough. Of course, Governor Deval Patrick seems to feel that Thomas was lacking “courtesy and grace”:
Governor Deval Patrick struck a disappointed tone today as he commented on Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas’s decision not to attend a White House event earlier this week honoring the Stanley Cup champions.
“He’s a phenomenal hockey player and he’s entitled to his views, but it just feels to me like we’re losing in this country basic courtesy and grace,” Patrick said.
“I didn’t think much of President Bush’s policies – two wars on a credit card, prescription drug benefit that we couldn’t afford, deficit out of control – but I always referred to him as ‘Mr. President.’ I stood when he came in the room,” Patrick said in his monthly appearance on the “Ask the Governor” segment on WTKK-FM.
“There are rules to live by so I don’t want to make more of this than is deserving. I guess I’d prefer to pay more attention and offer more commentary when there are acts of grace as opposed to the reverse,” he said, moving onto the next topic.
Interesting. Please note the part in bold. Obviously, Thomas simply must have said something horrible. Luckily, we can go to the tape, so to speak…or at least Thomas’ Facebook page. There, Thomas says this:
As is often the case with victorious professional sports teams, the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins were honored this week in the White House. Absent, though, was star goaltender Tim Thomas, a big part of the Bruins’ run for the Cup. Thomas explained why he did not attend on his Facebook page:
“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”
Now, sports figures and other celebrities making political statements is not exactly out of the ordinary. What is unusual is that the statement carries a very distinct right-leaning, even libertarian flavor. In fact, it sounds like it could come from a Ron Paul supporter.