The U.S. delegation appointed by President Obama will have at least one gay and one lesbian member. Obama did it to embarrass Russia and other countries who are hostile to openly LGBT’s. He said “….we do not abide by discrimination in anything…” but he had to use his ability to discriminate to appoint a gay and a lesbian. The French Press reported it thusly:
[[Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama said Thursday: “There is no doubt we wanted to make it very clear that we do not abide by discrimination in anything, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,… ”
Obama included openly gay figure skater Brian Boitano and women’s hockey player Caitlin Cahow in the US delegation. (How does the President get the power to appoint people to the Olympics?)
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak had warned spectators and athletes against promoting gay rights during the Olympics, saying it was forbidden by the Olympic Charter and Russian law to spread propaganda during a sporting event. ]]
Obama’s political decisions went against the Olympic ideal of nations and athletes putting aside the political differences that separate their nations. Said differently, Obama was acting ugly by provoking the host country and using discrimination to show he didn’t support discrimination.
He’s one strange thinking dude.