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.
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,