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Obama won’t attend Russian Winter Olympics in Sochi but will send gay inclusive delegation

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  1. As this is the first Olympics since the 2000 Sydney Games that a US president, vice president, first lady or former president has not been a member of the delegation for the opening ceremony, can someone remind me what the huge diplomatic row between the US and Australia was then, please?
    Must have been pretty serious.
    Was it a gay thing?

    1. What does it matter?
      There you are, a so-called “homosexual” with a homophobic slur as your screen name, with a blog in which you praise all things anti-gay and criticise all things pro-gay, deny the genocide against Bosnian Muslims (which makes you a virulent Islamophobe) and hope from the ultra-capitalist national-fascist Putin to save socialism. You are either a straight provocateur or delusional.

    2. I think it was just a matter of too long distance to travel.I was living in Sydney at the time & there was certainly no issue in Australia regards absence of these people

    3. It was more than a distance thing – the Democratic National Convention was the same week. It is the presidential nominating convention for Al Gore who was then the VP. Clinton was the one formally presenting his candidacy, so both the Prez and VP were not available for the opening ceremonies. Plus, the 1st lady – Hillary Clinton, was running for Senator of NY, so she was also too busy, besides attending the convention.

  2. Well done, Obama! Excellent! You’ve set the appropriate example!

    Call-Me-Dave, will now be easily able to follow suit! As will a number of other leaders who have been wobbling on this issue.

    Thank you, Barack Obama.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Dec 2013, 12:19pm

      I only hope you’re right, Eddy, but my gut feeling says he’ll go. Hope I’m wrong. Doing business and trade with Russia is more important than human rights with the Tories. He didn’t do much for human rights in Sri Lanka and nothing will change by going to the games either. Business as usual.

      1. Well, Robert, I suppose Call-Me-Cath does have strong personal ties with Russia, so you could well be right.

    2. I will be really disappointed with Cameron if he does go. With so many leaders snubbing it, hopefully it will drive home to Russia that the world sees them as lagging behind on the world chess-board and will be in danger of not being involved in important international relations. Perhaps then, they will change this dispicable and hurtful law that’s currently in place

  3. It’s funny that Downing Street have said they don’t talk about travel plans in advance. No one is asking for an itinerary, they’re just asking if he intends to go or not. Answering that question has absolutely no bearing on his security. If he’s going, they’ll still need security in place. If he’s not, it doesn’t affect any security plans.

    Really, Downing Street is saying “we don’t want to tell you, and we can’t think of a valid excuse, so we’ll fall back on the old ‘security’ thing and hope no one with any intelligence sees it”.

    Dave will go, I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Dec 2013, 2:09pm

      Of course he’ll go. Now that Obama isn’t, it’s going to put pressure on him to make a statement sooner or later. I don’t think it’s what we’ll want to hear but I hope we’ll all be pleasantly surprised, but not holding my breath.

  4. If Cameron still plans to go to Sochi, what does that say about just how gay-friendly the Tories remain? To attend Putin’s Homophobic Games is tantamount to approval of Russia’s Clause-28-like law. I hope our premier re-thinks any travel plans especially now that Obama has decided he won’t go.

    1. Who do they want to suck up to more, gay voters at the next election, or an evil super-power with loads of natural gas?

  5. Frank Boulton 19 Dec 2013, 7:33am

    With four nations now taking such a stance over the Russian Winter Olympics, there’s a glimmer of hope in the distance.

  6. Well done Obama. Thanks for doing the right thing – now can our Prime Minister follow suit?

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