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For the first time since 2000 the United States will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Olympic Games.

It must be stressed however that the White House DID NOT explicitly say that President Obama is not attending due to Russia’s horrible treatment of its LGBT citizens and its newly enacted draconian laws as the leaders of both France and Germany have done with The White House only stating that Obama’s schedule will not permit him to attend the Sochi Olympic Games.

The White House will be sending two openly gay athletes to take part in the United States delegation.  Iconic tennis player and 39-time Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King  and hockey player Caitlin Cahow who will join former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, figure skater Brian Boitano and presidential adviser Rob Nabors. (Sounds like more than two LGBT delegates to me)

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.”

 

 

 

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