Current Event Cat of the Day: Obama’s Sochi Snub

Current Event Cat - Sochi

U.S. President Barack Obama announced that neither he nor Joe Biden will be attending the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. But he will send along a few gay delegates – just to stick it to Putin and his anti-gay laws.

Obama’s absence from the Sochi Olympics is a clear sign that the U.S. is concerned over human rights in Russia, especially the country’s anti-LGBT laws. The Sochi Games will mark the first time since 2000 that the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice-president to the Games.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will go in Obama and Biden’s place, along with a few choice delegates including Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow, two openly LGBT athletes. Take that Russia!

White House spokesman Shin Inouye said the delegation “represents the diversity that is the United States” and that Obama “knows they will showcase to the world the best of America — diversity, determination and teamwork.” Can you add a few more diversities in there?

Obama claims his schedule doesn’t allow him to travel to Sochi, but Gay rights groups viewed the announcement as a strong statement.

“It’s hard to look at this delegation without seeing it as a criticism of Putin’s anti-gay laws. … What it’s doing is showing the true power of the Olympics, the ability to move people, to change people’s minds and open them up to new ways of thinking. The delegation is shining a light on the values of the Olympics,” said Andre Banks, the executive director of All Out.

And U.S. officials aren’t the only ones snubbing Sochi. German President Joachim Gauck and French President Francois Hollande announced earlier that they will not attend the Sochi Games. Although maybe it’s less about Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws and more about not wanting to endure a cold, dark Russian winter.

Via: Buzzfeed

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