The New England Patriots visited the White House Thursday to be honored for winning the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks back in February. Nearly the entire team made it to the ceremony. However, there was one notable exception as starting quarterback, and face of the franchise, Tom Brady was a no-show as he had to attend to “family obligations.” The QB made trips to the White House after his previous three Super Bowl victories, which all occurred while George W. Bush was president.
Tom Brady will not be at the White House today due to a family obligation.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 23, 2015
It was only a matter of time before opportunistic conservatives took to the internet to declare Brady as a new Republican hero for refusing to meet with Obama.
Over at the Young Conservatives website, Joshua Riddle wrote a short blog celebrating Brady for deciding to skip out on the ceremony. Of course, he had to get a shot at Obama while saying Brady’s decision was a “no-brainer.”
You have the option of spending the day with your family or with the man responsible for wreaking havoc on this country, what do you do? If you’re Tom Brady (or any other sane person), that’s the biggest no-brainer of all time.
The small blurb, which mostly consisted of an excerpt from a Washington Post story detailing the QB’s no-show, had been shared over 11 thousand times on Facebook as of Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, right-wingers took to Twitter to declare their new found love for the four-time Super Bowl champ for sticking it to POTUS.
— Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) April 23, 2015
Tom Brady blows off white house visit with Patriots! Good for him! — Conservative Gal (@_Ash_Bell_) April 23, 2015
NO-bama: Tom Brady To Skip Patriots’ White House Super Bowl Celebration: *APPLAUSE* *APPLAUSE* *APPLAUSE* http://t.co/oGpIQMDR2D
— Chris (@Chris_1791) April 23, 2015
While Brady wasn’t in attendance Thursday afternoon, President Obama still made sure to throw a number of compliments his way, lauding him for the way he played during an exciting come-from-behind victory over Seattle as well as highlighting the remarkable stretch he’s had with head coach Bill Belichick.
There was, of course, Tom Brady, an all-time great who couldn’t be with us here today, but who engineered a pair of surgical fourth-quarter touchdown drives.
[T]hat’s the story of the Patriots over this past 15 years. There’s Belichick and Brady -– the most successful player-coach tandem perhaps in NFL history. There’s “the Patriot Way” –- a group that values teamwork and hard work above all else, which is why these guys are able to shine even if the spotlight is not on them. And it works. Since the 2001 season, they have four championships — more than any other franchise in that span. Six Super Bowl appearances -– more than any other franchise. Twelve division titles -– you get the picture. In a league that’s known for its parity, they have set a standard for excellence that we may not see again for a very long time.
At least per his public remarks, Obama didn’t appear to hold any grudges over Brady deciding to be elsewhere on Thursday. The President paid respect to the future Hall of Famer and gave him credit for his achievements.
Regardless if Brady’s reason for not showing up Thursday was legit or not, the right found themselves a new celeb to cheer. In the end, it is all about showing the current resident of the Oval Office disrespect.
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