Tom Brady was very tactful today in comments regarding going to the White House. He feels that going to the White House (as the Super Bowl victors) is a great experience, and personally chooses to put politics aside. However, at the same time, he respects that time away from the team is precious, and believes that each of his teammates has the right to choose to go or not go to the White House, regardless of the reasons they have.
Personally, Tom has been to the White House when a Democrat held office (Clinton, after Michigan's national championship), and when a Republican held office (Bush, Patriot's super bowl victories). He missed a couple years ago while Obama held office, because of short notice, and a conflict with a family commitment.
LINK: Tom Brady in favor of "putting politics aside" when it comes to White House Visit
This is a news story, reported in several MSM outlets.
As a news story, this is a great example, imhe, of something that tangentially intersects with politics, and also with Michigan. As such, it is reasonable to post about this kind of thing at MGoBlog.
Having said that, in the same way that Tom suggests "setting politics aside" when going to the White House, obv. readers have to "set politics aside" with this kind of post. Regardless of the political party and position of the current office holder, you go to the White House as a reward/honor.
Both USA Today and the Chicago Tribune didn't have anything to report regarding Brady and where he stands as regards Trump.
So far, six Patriots players have said they will skip the yet-to-be announced meeting with President Trump. Players skipping the White House celebration is nothing new, of course, and many absences have been rooted in politics, although Brady told Pro Football Talk Live on Tuesday his 2015 no-show had nothing to do with former President Obama.
“It really is a great experience,” Brady told PFT. “Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It as something that was a privilege to do. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice.”
Brady said the 2015 visit he missed was due to a relatively last-minute notice the ceremony would take place.
“Everybody has their own choice,” Brady said. “There are certain years, like a couple years ago, I wanted to go and didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule. We didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going, and at that point I had something I’d been planning for months and couldn’t get there.
"If people don’t want to go they don’t want to go and that’s their choice.”
OP EDIT: My thanks to the Mod LSA. It rapidly became obvious to me with comments that something in the news about a Michigan sports personality intersecting with politics is a topic that is difficult for many posters to comment on without their personal views coming to the fore. - SRK
MOD EDIT - Tom Brady, so we can let the OP sit so people know what he said, but locking this since it is difficult for this one NOT to get political (and indeed, it did very quickly). - LSA