It's a cool day for the entire organization, from the players to the fans. Why can't we just enjoy it and not pull in politics to the mix? It doesn't matter whose sitting in the White House, they've done this tradition for decades. Enjoy it. It's going to the White House, not Barrack's house (even if the two are technically the same right now).
I'm certainly no fan of President Obama, but I thought it was dumb what Thomas did, just like it was dumb when Theo Epstein wouldn't meet President Bush when the Sox won the WS.
Have respect for the office even if you hate who's in it. Meeting the President should be a huge honor regardless of your political views.
Yep. I doubt any of our guys would do that, but you never really know until they get there. If the President wishes to meet you and have a ceremony in your honor, you go no matter what you think of him.
It's their choice whether they want to participate. It's just not a smart move from a team cohesion perspective. The less distractions, the better. That's what I'd expect.
It only affects team cohesion if said player pulls a Thomas. If the player does it quietly ala what kingsfan said then it's a non issue.
I mean what is this Nazi Germany? If you don't like the Fuhrer go anyways because you should respect the position of the Fuhrer? A bit dramatic sure but just as ridiculous. If you don't want to go, don't go.