Vladimir Putin’s Olympics, like many of his policies, seem designed to vex and annoy the West. For the Olympics at least, U.S. President Barack Obama has come up with a brilliant response to his Russian counterpart. Her name is Billie Jean King.
“Next time the football field,” warned Michael Gallagher, president and chief executive of the Entertainment Software Association, after beating star quarterback Drew Brees at a video golf game by EA Sports on Xbox 360.
By David Nakamura Dec. 18 (Washington Post) -- The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama, Vice President Biden and the first lady will not attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February, a pointed snub by an administration that is feuding with Russian leaders on a range of foreign policy and human rights issues. The U.S. delegation will be led by a former Cabinet secretary and a deputy secretary of state, and it will include two openly gay athletes — tennis legend Billie Jean King and ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow — in an apparent bid to highlight opposition to Russia's anti-gay laws. This will mark the first time since the Summer Games in Sydney in 2000 that a U.S. Olympic delegation did not include a president, first lady or vice president. The White House made the announcement in a news release late Tuesday. Officials said Obama's schedule would not permit him to attend the Games during a two-week period beginning Feb. 7,