-Tim Thomas, on why he didn't attend the reception at the White House.
Seriously? You fat bastard, don't you get it? Being received by the President of the United States is an honor that few people ever receive, and you refuse it? Wow, up until now, I just thought you were a douche...now I realize that you are an elitist racist douche, as well as a cheater. (Yeah, don't think we didn't see you throwing water all over the ice right before the shoot out, when Matt Read lost control. Coincidence? I think not.) Rebuffing the President because of your political views is akin to saying "Screw the soldiers, I hope they ALL DIE!!" because you don't support the war. Yes, you have the right, as an American, to protest....but the man you rebuffed is trying to FIX this country. You may not like his method of it, but you at least have to applaud that he is trying, same as the soldiers. You may not like that they kill people, but they are using the skills and knowledge that they have to make this country better. And for that, they deserve your respect. I'm gonna give you an example....when I was in high school, the then Republican President, who was running for re-election, chose my home town as a campaign stop. I, shamefully, was a band geek, and we were asked to play "Hail to the Chief". Our Band Director told all of us that we could decline the invitation if we were politically inclined to. Some did, but I think it had more to do with the fact that it was the first week of September and hotter than Hades, but I digress. Hell, I was a democrat before I was potty trained, but I played for The President. Republicans and I disagree pretty much on every point possible,since I am a woman and feel that what goes on in my uterus is MY business, not the business of any Republican, save perhaps Kenny Chesney. I also believe that everyone should have the right to get married, that stem cells are NOT babies, and that people who make a shitload of money should pay a shitload of taxes. Again, I digress. The point is, I was asked to have an audience with the President of The United States...and that is an honor I am proud to say I accepted. The fact that he stood for everything I was against made no difference; he was working to better the country that I am proud to call home. And for that, he deserved, and was given, my respect. The fact that Tim Thomas feels his refusing to visit The White House is a meaningful protest leads me to believe that he feels he is better than the average citizen in this country, and for that he is an elitist. I also have to wonder if the person occupying the White House shared the same beliefs as Tim Thomas, as well as the same skin color, would he have exercised his rights then?