I’m normally a critic of Barack Obama and the policies of his administration, as casual readers may have noticed, but credit where it is due:
The White House delivered a strong message of opposition to Russia’s anti-gay laws Tuesday with the announcement of its delegation to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.
The White House delegation will include an openly gay athlete: tennis great Billie Jean King.
It will not include the president, first lady or the vice president, all who headed the previous four Olympic delegations, or a cabinet secretary, only a former one. This marks the first Olympics since the 2000 Sydney Summer Games that a U.S. president, vice president, first lady or former president has not been a member of the delegation for the opening ceremony, which will be Feb. 7 in Sochi.
From the story, it would appear that the American delegation is not the only one that will be registering a protest against Russia’s treatment of gays and lesbians. I am very glad to see that. Vladimir Putin is a thug and a bully, and he deserves to be publicly embarrassed for his boorishness. If Russians are tired of being embarrassed by their president’s antics, perhaps they ought to show some moxie and demand that their president either reform himself, or vacate his position. I’m sure that I am not the only one on the planet who will greet Putin’s departure from politics with dry eyes.