Skip to comments.Obama includes openly gay athletes in 2014 Olympic delegation
Posted on 12/18/2013 4:14:39 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
WASHINGTON Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi, Russia. The White House says tennis champion Billie Jean King and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will join the opening ceremony delegation. So will figure skater Brian Boitano and presidential adviser Rob Nabors.
Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns will lead the closing ceremony delegation. He will be joined by McFaul, Olympic medal-winners Bonnie Blair, a speed skater; Caitlin Cahow, an ice hockey player; and Eric Heiden, a speed skater.
King and Cahow are both openly gay athletes. Gay rights groups have urged the Obama administration to use the delegation selection to make a point about Russia's treatment of gays and lesbians.
"The U.S. Delegation to the Olympic Games represents the diversity that is the United States. All our delegation members are distinguished by their accomplishments in government service, civic activism, and sports. We are proud of each and every one of them and think they will serve as great ambassadors of the United States to the Olympic Games," the president said in a statement.
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“Asked during an August press conference whether the U.S. should boycott the Sochi games in response to Russia’s record on gay rights, Mr. Obama said, “One of the things Im really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze, which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes that were seeing there. And if Russia doesnt have gay or lesbian athletes, then that would probably make their team weaker.
It’s just too bad the Olympics aren’t being held in Tehran, where obama could really share rampant homosexuality with his new friends
imagine billy jean in a chador
This guy is such a homo.
Obama should go himself and take Reggie with him.
If he wants gay representation he should lead it.
Obama really is crazy. Never has a U.S. president made the Olympics about sex and how the athletes prefer to have it. I am beyond disgusted.
This crap is way past old. Vlad, it's time to get one or two informative nuggets about President Heliotrope out of Edward Snowden's bag full o' fun and have some fun at this chess-playing pigeon's expense.
My, you have a way with words! Love it!
If only Bobby Riggs didn’t throw that damn match.
What a joke. The clown POTUS wants to create a “Jesse Owens” moment to promote his vilified homo agenda to the world. What a POS.
It’s only a matter of time before sex becomes an Olympic event.
Why do you think they added women's beach volleyball?
Would not surprise me as long as Obama remains in office, which could be a very long time.
I think it’s the dumba$$’ lame attempt at getting back at Putin for bitch-slapping him over Syria earlier in the year. As always, the jug-eared moron’s response to any principled position is the intellectual equivalent to “neener neener”.
Someone should give Obama a history lesson. Hitler had racist policies, but that did not affect who could go to Germany to participate in the Olympics. Jesse Owens went and did things the way they should be done....he won. A little known fact is that after the Olympics, Hitler gave a tree to be planted in Owens' honor in his hometown, Cleveland.
Why can't Obama just SHUT UP, send a proper delegation to the opening ceremony, and let the athletes "do the talking" with their performance? Or does he have to always pick a fight just so he can manipulate its outcome? What does he expect to accomplish by raining on Putin's parade?
“Obama really is crazy. Never has a U.S. president made the Olympics about sex and how the athletes prefer to have it. I am beyond disgusted.”
Putin already knows how easily Obama can be played. I wonder what he has cooked up as a response to this slap in the face of the Russian people?
But they weren’t paraded around wearing placards saying “I’m gay - look at ME!”
Personally, I don’t give a crap who anyone has sex with (unless it’s my kids) and I don’t see how it has anything to do with being in the Olympics. Just another way for Obama to tell Christians to f off.