Frankly, who gives a damn what Tim Thomas did or didn’t do with his personal time. I’m just happy he can play goalie. And how about that liberal double standard. Didn’t Michael Jordan blow off George HW Bush?
Michael Jordan did it in 1991. Some members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team threatened to do it in 1993. Bobby Jenks, Scott Podsednik, Freddy Garcia, Tadahito Iguchi and Frank Thomas will do it Monday. But the only person we’re talking about is Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is hardly the first person to decline an invitation to visit the White House.
In 1993, some members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team considered turning down President Clinton’s White House invitation because they didn’t like his politics. Word got out, people got mad, and they reconsidered. But that’s not what is happening here. Guillen told the Sun-Times’ Chris De Luca that he has no political motivation for skipping the meet-and-greet. He simply needs some down time with his family. Surely, the president, who likes to position himself as Mr. Family Values, will understand. Even if our mayor doesn’t.
I cannot understand why so many people are agitated about Guillen’s decision. I don’t remember people being so upset when Jordan snubbed the first President Bush by failing to accompany his teammates to the White House after the Bulls’ first championship. I certainly don’t remember the mayor being so upset.