No Obamas, Bidens, Cabinet members will attend Sochi Olympics

posted at 8:51 pm on December 17, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Sorry, we’re not sorry, Putin.

WASHINGTON — The United States will not be sending any of its top officials — either President or Mrs. Obama or Vice President or Dr. Biden — to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as part of its delegation to the games.

A former federal official, Janet Napolitano, will instead be leading the U.S. delegation, the White House announced Tuesday, and two out LGBT athletes — Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow — will be a part of the delegation as well.

In addition to the Obamas and Bidens not attending the Olympics, no current cabinet members will be a part of the country’s delegation either.

“The U.S. Delegation to the Olympic Games represents the diversity that is the United States,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye told BuzzFeed. “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.”

On the other hand, can it really be considered a snub to deprive a country of Joe Biden to thoroughly grope their womenfolk at formal events?

Enjoy Janet Napolitano, Russia! Tennis star Billie Jean King, who is openly gay, will attend the ceremonies— likely a reference to and critique of Putin’s recent crackdown on gay Russians.

Obama’s delegation to the closing ceremonies in Sochi will include speed skaters Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden, along with women’s ice hockey star Caitlin Cahow.
The presence of the openly gay King on Feb. 7 in Sochi is likely a direct slam on Russia’s anti-homosexuality laws; but Dmitry Chernyshenko, who leads Russia’s Olympic organizing committee, has said there will be no repercussions against athletes who wear rainbow pins or show other small-scale disdain for the government policy.


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That’s OK. Nobody attended the Chicago Olympics.

22044 on December 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Can’t we please send Sheriff Joe — one way only.

rbj on December 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM

No Obamas, Bidens, Cabinet members will attend Sochi Olympics

Good.

That means the Obama Curse won’t hurt our athletes chances.

Wouldn’t want any of these criminals representing our country anyway.

MichaelGabriel on December 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Obama is…out? Obama is OUT?!

Christien on December 17, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Who cares about the Olympics? They are a joke.

I haven’t bothered watching most of the summer games since that pathetic display of overt by the South Koreans in Seoul. That was beyond belief. I would tune in every once in a while after, but when they started putting all those laughable “sports” in there (and the idiotic ones that have no place at an Olympiad, like tennis) that was pretty much it for me.

Barky should have never been allowed to return across the Atlantic after he pulled that anti-American maneuver of going over to Copenhagen to pitch for his Chicago thug buddies and to try and make the Olympics some sort of national event for America (which it is in the rest of the world but never was, here).

Hopefully, the Olympics will just cease to exist sometime soon. It’s become a parody of itself and has little to do with excellence in the traditional Olympic sports anymore.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 17, 2013 at 9:05 PM

We are sending a delegation of lezbos to the games? Some things write their own punch lines…

PointnClick on December 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

The Obamas are a has-been…..

Now if only Americans can see that…

Electrongod on December 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

No Biden?

I guess the Norwegian women’s curling team is safe.

MichaelGabriel on December 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

If the Russians want less criticism from leftists, they should adopt Iran laws regarding homosexuals.

Capp on December 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Female journalists breathe a sigh of relief that Biden won’t be there to grope them.

Female heads of state can sit anywhere they like now that Obama won’t be there to take selfies.

faraway on December 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

I thought we RESET or something.

faraway on December 17, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Isn’t J. Napolitano gay too? Anyway, big savings for the American taxpayer if Biden and O don’t go.

KenInIL on December 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Cut Obama a break. He’s got bowling league at that time.

That’s gold and silver for me. Fight amongst yourselves for bronze.

*double power fist*

Christien on December 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Let’s send Joe the Mouth to the next Summer Olympics. With his wabbling, he’s a shoo-in to win the Freestyle and Synchronized Gibbering events.

Maduro from Venezuela will have to settle for the silver.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 17, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I stopped watching after they allowed pros to compete.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

A former federal official, Janet Napolitano, will instead be leading the U.S. delegation, the White House announced Tuesday, and two out LGBT athletes — Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow — will be a part of the delegation as well.

I’m thinking what a fun night that would be.

arnold ziffel on December 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

A former federal official, Janet Napolitano, will instead be leading the U.S. delegation, the White House announced Tuesday, and two out LGBT athletes — Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow — will be a part of the delegation as well.

I’m thinking what a fun night that would be.

arnold ziffel on December 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I kinda threw up in my mouth….

redguy on December 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

The United States will not be sending any of its top officials — either President or Mrs. Obama or Vice President or Dr. Biden — to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as part of its delegation to the games.

Ooooooo boy! That’ll show ‘em!

predator on December 17, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I stopped watching after they allowed pros to compete.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

The “Dream Teams” were always embarrassments. I don’t mind pros being allowed to compete in the traditional individual sports, but there’s no need for Olympicsw competitions for sports that have serious professional leagues. Who cares about basketball between “national” teams that never play together except for once every 4 years? Anyone who really likes basketball already has the best league, best players, and best championship in the world to watch every year. No need for second rate Olympic competition.

The same goes for tennis, which has one tiny professional league to suck up all the tennis dollars all year, every year. They have no need to be at the Olympics. Personally, I have never met anyone who even bothered watching Olympic tennis. It’s like the Davis Cup cr@p. Just your typical Eurotrash move to nationalize everything. Eurotrash are always about tribalism and that’s what the Olympics have been reduced to. Actual competition and sports excellence comes a very distant second (or third) to the idiocy of the “national” teams – much of which are composed of people who bear little relation to the nations they are “representing” but are more “professional citizens” to be in for the competition. It’s all pathetic, btu then, everything that the Eurotrash touch turns into something pathetic.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Isn’t J. Napolitano gay too?

KenInIL on December 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

If there were any doubt, I think Ms. Incompetano threw that right out the window.

KingGold on December 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

I bet they were dis-invited. The rest of the world has figured out that the Obamas and their crew are whining, preening buzzkills.

Party in Sochi.

MichaelGabriel on December 17, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Why are we sending a softball team to the Winter Olympics?

Fallon on December 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Oh good, I can maybe enjoy them. :P

I unashamedly enjoy the winter Olympics. Summer, I can pass on, as most of the summer sports bore me. Love the downhill skiing and figure skating though.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Tennis is one of those games that I find enjoyable to play (though I haven’t played since college, so I suppose I should say “found enjoyable to play”), but soooo boring to watch.

Othniel on December 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

The United States will not be sending any of its top officials — either President or Mrs. Obama or Vice President or Dr. Biden — to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as part of its delegation to the games.

I thought the wind was getting up…but I guess it was a mass sigh of relief from the Russians that I heard.

Solaratov on December 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

A former federal official, Janet Napolitano, will instead be leading the U.S. delegation, the White House announced Tuesday, and two out LGBT athletes — Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow — will be a part of the delegation as well.

Obama really should put his money where his mouth is and go over there with Reggie.

RovesChins on December 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

…no skeet shooting?

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Female journalists breathe a sigh of relief that Biden won’t be there to grope them.

Female heads of state can sit anywhere they like now that Obama won’t be there to take selfies.

faraway on December 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

They’ll just have to worry about Big Sis hitting on them.

CurtZHP on December 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Othniel on December 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I like the downhill, too, but you can watch the professional league for better competition, these days. It’s not like it was 30 years ago where you could only see skiing on TV during the Olympics or one or two other times in between. Now, you can watch the whole professional season every year.

I used to like figure skating, until that fiasco with the judges and the Frogs and Russkies cheating their butts off. I think that was the same year that Tanya Harding was skating (not sure, but I think so) and got a re-skate because her skates became untied or something. It was all such a total joke. Like the Seoul summer olympics, that one did it for me for the wintertime :)

Also, there are too many skate-punk douchebags in the winter olympics – in all of those 735 added “sports”, these days. They are really annoying.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Isn’t J. Napolitano gay too? Anyway, big savings for the American taxpayer if Biden and O don’t go.
KenInIL on December 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Janet Napolitano always seemed very lesbian-ish to me.

bluegill on December 17, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I thought we RESET or something.

faraway on December 17, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Naw, they managed to screw that up early on…remember?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 17, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Two Words:

Mitt. Romney.

str8tface on December 17, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Putin must be thinking he’s dealing with a bunch of teenagers.

kcewa on December 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Joe is very disappointed. He thought it was the Special Olympics and he was expecting to win at least a bronze this year.

schmuck281 on December 17, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Holy crap. Now I support the Russian opposition. I’m no fan of Putin’s, but Napolitano and Billie Jean King…. This is just cruel and unfair. No dictator deserves that.

Gingotts on December 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM

I used to like figure skating, until that fiasco with the judges and the Frogs and Russkies cheating their butts off. I think that was the same year that Tanya Harding was skating (not sure, but I think so) and got a re-skate because her skates became untied or something.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Different years. Tonya Harding was in 1994. The judging scandal was in 2002.

J.S.K. on December 17, 2013 at 11:15 PM

“Give me a special prize or ahhh…uuuuuuh.. a parade and I will be there….and a plane ticket for Reggie…and ahh errr nice hotel suite..”
King Barky

jukin3 on December 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

“oh and make sure to uuuuuhhh eeer assssk no ahhhh invite the ahhhh pretty northern euro PM because….DAMNNNNNN.

jukin3 on December 18, 2013 at 12:03 AM

If you really want to rub the Russians’ noses in it, wouldn’t you do that by sending the NON-Ambiguously Gay Duo, King Putt and Reggie?

You don’t get any gayer than those two!

Maddie on December 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Just as well they’re not going. Not enough lobster and kobe beef in Russia for Moochie anyways.

Maddie on December 18, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Wow, and what if it were a Muslim country with the same ban on homosexuality in public? They’d be tripping over themselves to slobber their way into the games.

John the Libertarian on December 18, 2013 at 2:02 AM

The presence of the openly gay King on Feb. 7 in Sochi is likely a direct slam on Russia’s anti-homosexuality laws; but Dmitry Chernyshenko, who leads Russia’s Olympic organizing committee, has said there will be no repercussions against athletes who wear rainbow pins or show other small-scale disdain for the government policy.

Of course not. They’re helping to establish that modern America under liberal rule stands for the corruption of minors, while Russia stands for the opposite.

David Blue on December 18, 2013 at 4:29 AM

Wow, and what if it were a Muslim country with the same ban on homosexuality in public? They’d be tripping over themselves to slobber their way into the games.

John the Libertarian on December 18, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Of course. See this great collection of Obama quotes in parallel, praising Islam and slighting Christianity.

And remember Barack Obama saying: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

David Blue on December 18, 2013 at 4:34 AM

The presence of the openly gay King on Feb. 7 in Sochi is likely a direct slam on Russia’s anti-homosexuality laws; but Dmitry Chernyshenko, who leads Russia’s Olympic organizing committee, has said there will be no repercussions against athletes who wear rainbow pins or show other small-scale disdain for the government policy.

Of course not. They’re helping to establish that modern America under liberal rule stands for the corruption of minors, while Russia stands for the opposite.

David Blue on December 18, 2013 at 4:29 AM

And once again Barky will get outplayed by Putin. Thing is, I agree with the decision not to attend or send any high ranking officials. Kasparov himself has been calling for that for months. This specific move just shows the simplistic left-wing focus of this administration.

Russia does not have an anti-gay problem. It has a “no rule of law” problem. Gays are hit by it with the vague legislation that basically allows neo-Nazis to run rampant and beat the crap out of them in the streets. But everybody else is hit by it as well. Journalists and opposition leaders are regularly disappeared. Businessmen are robbed or forced to give favored deals to the government. The Western left doesn’t care about that though; they just focus on the gays. Just like the “anti-bullying” stuff of late. Fat kids and nerds have had the crap beat out of them for decades, but Lady Gag-a only sheds tears over those who may be gay…

Anyway, tldr; Did Obama just out Janet with this move?

Gingotts on December 18, 2013 at 6:04 AM

I actually agree with this, if only so we can poke Putin in the eye a bit more. That guy can go to hell, between what happened in Syria and with Ed Snowden i would be doing anything and everything to stick it to this guy on the world stage. Russia is nothing more than a bunch of unrully thugs and they have been for 1000 years and they will never be anything more than that in my lifetime. The are our enemies and should be treated as such.

falcaner on December 18, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Of course not, there’s no golf.

Ward Cleaver on December 18, 2013 at 9:19 AM

This seems racist to me. Not very many black athletes in the winter games so why would this administration want to go.

rich8450 on December 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

falconer,

Are you in any way, shape or form inflicting the slightest discomfort on your enemy by “snubbing” the games in their nation, but instead sending people whom you believe will embarrass them by being something of which they disapprove? You can’t really think that it will.

Instead, it’s another brick torn out of the foundation of the United States, offering up an international declaration that homosexuality is more important to show off than any other consideration, at an event where we are sending our best athletes to compete at sport.

Shameless.

Freelancer on December 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Really? Do presidents and VPs usually go to the Olympics? We don’t have an nbc station right now cuz Dish and the nbc feed provider or something, couldn’t agree on a fee raise. Don’t miss it at all.

Kissmygrits on December 18, 2013 at 9:52 AM

So much for “selfie” opportunities with good looking female athletes……..

ultracon on December 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM

This isn’t enough. He needs to entirely BOYCOTT the Olympics in the Soviet Union Russia!

I mean, after all, how can he be expected to truly surpass Jimmy Carter as the Worst President Ever if he doesn’t boycott the Olympics in Russia?

GWB on December 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Not a gardenspot and only honkies are on the Winter Olympic teams. Racist.

NoPain on December 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM

And Michelle couldn’t compete with Lindsay Vonn for selfies.

NoPain on December 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM