It’s a tradition and standard practice for the president to invite the team that wins a national championship to visit the White House. The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series Championship and visited Obama at the White House back in mid-January. Of course, If you were like me, I’m sure you were hoping they would have held out for just four more days, when Donald Trump took office.
Of course, Obama did have these nice words to say about the Chicago Cubs and their historical win:
“I will say to the Cubs, it took you long enough. I’ve only got four days left. You’re just making it under the line,” said President Obama to the Cubs during the visit. “Even I was not crazy enough to suggest that during these eight years, we would see the Cubs win the World Series. But I did say that there has never been anything false about hope.”
Nice huh? What an idiot!
On February 5th, the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28, to win Super Bowl LI. It was the calm, cool and collected Patriot’s QB, Tom Brady, who pulled out a spectular game of showmanship. Brady became the first QB in NFL history to win FIVE Super Bowls! If that’s not amazing enough, I don’t know what is, especially considering he brought the Patriots back from a 28-3 Atlanta lead, or a 25 point deficit and forced the FIRST OVERTIME in NFL Super Bowl history.
Boy, what a difference a year makes!
Back in 2015, when the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX or 49, the New England Patriots not only got honored, but roasted for “Deflategate” as Obama stated,
“I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat,” Obama said, referring to the team’s Deflategate ball controversy.
Yeah! That’s right! Obama was once again trying to be funny and cute, but once again looked stupid honoring the champions.
Patriot’s QB Tom Brady was NOT with the team on that 2015 visit to the White House, but he did visit the White House, for the other 3 previous Patriot Super Bowl wins when George W. Bush was in office. In 2015, Brady claimed he had a “family commitment”.
Brady had this to say on Instagram about the Patriot’s recent win and White House visit:
tombradyThis is why we love sports, right? No dogma, no blind faith, no rules you have to buy into — just attendance. Show up, and miracles happen. People of every race, religion, ethnicity, political POV and lifestyle share a singular experience for a few hours and become one.
As expected thousands of responses followed on Instagram:
- onealamyjoGreat words Tom. I stand with you
- taniaa77Except when it’s you going to the Obama White house.. #hypocrite
- katemac621@groovygirlnyc he didn’t go for Trump either…..
- rseamgOh my such a hypocrite! You did not go to see Obama! Shame on you !!
- cmkeeganYou should stick to playing and stop talking! #hypocrite
- santosdarleenReally,if he didn’t go – then it’s not right if he doesn’t want them to go
- mrs33rocksI love Tom how you are standing up for what is right! You all should listen to your quarterback!!! He is so right!!!
- tamine3Well said. Champion on the field and Champion in life. So disgusting to see some of the comments always remember, “Success breeds Envy”
- smf1947I love Tom Brady but he has no right to make decisions for his teammates when he missed it when Obama was President!
- adalphyIf this is how you feel then why did you go watch shopping instead of going to the Obama White House visit. #hypocrite #doublestandard#notateamplayer #nopoliticsexceptyours
Hey folks! Going to the White House is an honor and a choice, afterall, we do live in America – remember…”land of the free and home of the brave”?
Tom Brady is NOT the first, and certainly won’t be the last player from a championship team to choose to go or NOT go to the White House, but thank God – It’s HIS choice!
Here’s a couple players, who stood on their conservative principles that I admire for NOT choosing to visit Obama at the White House.
H/T NY Daily News:
A recognized Tea Partier, goaltender Tim Thomas refused to join the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Bruins on their trip to the White House, choosing to represent himself instead of his team.
“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,” Thomas wrote on his Facebook.
“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.”
A second player, I admired for NOT going to the White House, was Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens.
After the Ravens won the Super Bowl, Baltimore center Matt Birk stood Obama up for his support of Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year,” Birk said on KFAN-AM.
“I am Catholic. I am active in the pro-life movement, and I just felt like I couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way.”
Winning a championship is a HUGE deal! It’s about commitment, honor, team, dedication, hard work and practice. But going to the White House is about an individual’s CHOICE, for each individual of each championship team that is invited – that choice is THEIRS to make. It doesn’t make a player any less of a champion, just because they don’t visit the White House. If that player chooses to stand by his or her beliefs, principles or decision, for whatever reason, it is THEIR choice. That’s what America is about!
Want to know more champions who chose not to visit the White House?
One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan of the 1991 NBA Champions Chicago Bulls made a similar choice to NOT go the White House…
…but do you really think that made him less of a champion by NOT going? Absolutely NOT! Michael Jordan was a TRUE champion. He played 15 seasons with the Chicago Bulls winning 6 National NBA Championships, 10 scoring titles, 6 NBA MVP Awards, and was invited to 14 NBA All-Star Games, where he won 3 All-Star MVP Awards.
After winning the NBA championship in 1991, Michael Jordan skipped a trip to George H.W. Bush’s White House, saying, “As you know, my schedules have been very hectic. You guys have seen me, I’ve been every which way and because I choose to take my private three days somewhere no one can call me — it’s my prerogative. How can I be disrespecting the president when I choose to spend time with my family?”
How about 2015 NL Cy Young winner and pitcher, Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series team?
Do you consider him less of a champion because he had family members with serious health issues to handle back in Texas and couldn’t visit the White House with the team? …Certainly NOT!
And what about the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Team? The team’s initial trip to the White House was cancelled due to the Challenger disaster in 1985. The Bears were supposed to have been honored in 1986 by then-President Ronald Reagan.
In 2011, President Obama re-invited the ’85 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champions back to the White House, but former Chicago Bears Defensive Tackle, and 4-time Pro-Bowler, and NFL Hall of Famer, Dan Hampton chose NOT go because he was “not a fan of the guy in the White House.”
Did not visiting the White House, make 2002 Hall of Fame, Defensive Tackle Dan Hampton less of a champion? …I don’t think so. By the way “Danimal” played 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears, was in 4 Pro Bowls, had a career best 11 1/2 sacks in 1984, and had most sacks in a season at 72.
Again, the bottomline is….regardless of the sport or championship team, it’s an individual’s choice to decide to go or not go to the White House. Whether they are the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series Champions, or the Stanley Cup Champions, like the 2010, 2013 or 2015 Chicago Blackhawks,…
…or the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champions, or the 2015 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs…they are STILL champions and each winner, has an individual choice because they live in the greatest nation on earth – America.
If you want to know how the White House visits became a tradition, click here. The tradition of sports teams visiting the White House dates to at least Aug. 30, 1865, when President Andrew Johnson welcomed the Brooklyn Atlantics and Washington Nationals amateur baseball clubs.
However, it was really Ronald Reagan, who made the practice of honoring championship teams at the White House a regular occurrence.
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