Obama sends message by naming Sochi Olympic delegation, beginning with Billie Jean King.

Obama sends message by naming Sochi Olympic delegation, beginning with Billie Jean King.
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DEAR President Putin, the White House would like to inform you that your stance on equality and gay rights is unworthy of the United States, so we won’t be sending anyone from the executive branch, present or previous, to the Sochi Olympics.

Oh, and by the way, Vlad, we’re sending one of our star former tennis players, a big lesbian, Billie Jean King to represent us at the Sochi Olympics. She’s out, she’s fabulous, and she’s going to be in your face and all over the media reminding everyone of what a backward bigot Russia has for its president.

Reporting from USA Today:

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.