Citing political differences with the President, Tim Thomas the Boston Bruins Goalie, has declined to meet with President Obama today. Yahoo reports:
“Everybody has their own opinions and political beliefs. He chose not to join us,” said Neely. “We certainly would have liked to have him come and join us but that’s his choice. All the guys came except for Tim. It’s his decision and his choice.”
While his politics aren’t common knowledge among many hockey fans, Thomas hasn’t hidden his political leanings. He’s a fan of former Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck, once saying he aspired to appear on Beck’s talk show as a guest.
Big Government, a website founded by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, celebrated Thomas as a “true Tea Party patriot” for having “In God We Trust” and the Gadsden flag on his mask. From Big Government:
In addition to displaying his support for the Tea Party on the ice, Thomas is a FreedomWorks donor, giving generously right before the historic November 2010 elections, according to the FEC.
Chiarelli said he hoped Thomas’s decision not to attend the White House event wouldn’t overshadow the Bruins’ day.
I’d have gone, Obama is still the President after all, but I can understand why Thomas hasn’t. In addition it’s great to know Thomas is a conservative!