SBD/Issue 84/Law & Politics

State Of The Union: Brady's Appearance Draws A Bunch Of Reax

Brady Recognized For Pats'
Community Service

Patriots QB Tom Brady attended President Bush's State of the Union address last night and was recognized for the team's community work. In Boston, gossip columnists Fee & Raposa note First Lady Laura Bush "personally invited Brady" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/21). WNBA Fever F Tamika Catchings also attended the speech by special invitation (THE DAILY).

CARD PLAYER: Chief of Staff Andrew Card appeared on NBC's "Today" show this morning and was asked by NBC's Matt Lauer, "Be honest with me now, when was Tom Brady invited to this speech?" Card replied, "He was invited before the Patriots, who I love, were successful because he is someone who recognizes that steroid use in professional athletes is not good." Lauer: "A little gamesmanship here? The two most talked about guys in New England (are) John Kerry and Tom Brady. A little bit of gamesmanship for the voters in New England?" Card: "Tom Brady was invited before John Kerry emerged from Iowa the way he emerged. Tom Brady is a terrific fellow. I'm a huge Patriots fan, so I was glad he was here" ("Today," NBC, 1/21).

REAX: Boston Globe Sunday Magazine's Charlie Pierce, on Brady's appearance at the State of the Union one day after U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) won the Iowa Caucus: "This puts Tom Brady in a tough position. He can go there — and while it is an honor, you're also at least partly set decoration for a very political speech. At the same time, if you say no, you have to go down and explain it 15 times a day every day for ten days to 3,000 reporters in Houston with nothing to do. I think for his own personal peace of mind he made the right decision" ("Cold Pizza," ESPN2, 1/21).

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