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this is a discussion within the NFL Community Forum; Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Dan Hampton won't be attending the team's visit to the White House next month. The Hall of Famer told WLS-890 in Chicago that his decision is based on a "personal choice." President Obama invited the ...

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Old 09-30-2011, 08:42 AM   #1
 
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Bears Hall of Famer Hampton refuses White House invite

Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Dan Hampton won't be attending the team's visit to the White House next month. The Hall of Famer told WLS-890 in Chicago that his decision is based on a "personal choice."
President Obama invited the 1985 Super Bowl championship team to visit Washington, D.C., earlier this month. The Bears had been scheduled to meet with President Reagan in January of 1986, but the Challenger disaster forced the White House to cancel the planned meeting.



Hampton gave three reasons for not attending:
1. Wives and children of the players weren't invited.
That does seem like an oversight by whoever planned the meeting. Granted, children of the players are most likely adults by now so it's not like a 5-year-old is getting snubbed, but surely the White House could have pulled out some more folding chairs for the event.
2. He says he's "not a fan of the guy in the White House."
A frequent reason given by those who decline White House invites, whether it be for Obama or any president who came before him. This sounds lame and takes a tremendous lack of perspective. Declining an opportunity to go to the White House and shake hands with the President of the United States because you don't like the guy's opinion on health care seems petty. Does Hampton not have any friends who are Democrats?
3. "It was 25 years ago. Let it go."
I'm sort of on Hampton's side on this one (though not enough to make it a valid excuse for declining). It's not like every Super Bowl team was going to the White House back then; the Bears were only the second team to get the invite. The 25-year-old canceled visit is a thinly veiled excuse to invite the team from Obama's adopted hometown for a visit. What about other championship squads? Where's John Riggins' and The Hogs' invite? The 1974 Dolphins can't get any love?! (And Florida's a swing state, Barack!)

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Its the bears ..who cares...Drew and Obama tossed passes on the WH lawn ..dats sportsmanship..
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Wether you agree or disagree, the man has principles that he feels he has to stand by. I applaud him for it.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:24 PM   #5
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I don't. Whether you agree with the President (I don't for the most part) or not, he is our President. You go.
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Bumper sticker on the back window of my truck states: OBAMA is not my President.

I don't have to afford him any more respect than George W. Bush was afforded; which wasn't much. I got the sticker because I used to think the same sticker about Bush was reprehensible. Now I know exactly how those azz wholes felt! LOL

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I don't. Whether you agree with the President (I don't for the most part) or not, he is our President. You go.
Exactly - dont be a dick Hampton!!
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Wether you agree or disagree, the man has principles that he feels he has to stand by. I applaud him for it.
That's why this is America, right? If one is "forced" to play nice with whatever President they may not have voted for or didn't care for, Mao Zedong will be next in line to shake Dan's hand while he's at it.

By the way, since when does President Obama go to Georgetown University to deliver a speech and proceed to blot out God's name in the auditorium before his address? Is he better than God? I knew right then who we were dealing with.
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I don't. Whether you agree with the President (I don't for the most part) or not, he is our President. You go.
I agree with you. For eight years we heard 'respect the office'.
As for Hampton, he can do whatever he wants, regrets or not.
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