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Rachel Maddow: Obama's Gay Delegation to the Olympics Gives Appearance of a 'Snub': VIDEO


Rachel Maddow covers yesterday's news that Obama would be sending a delegation to the Sochi Olympics that includes two openly gay athletes, and would not be attending himself.

Says Maddow in her segment:

"The combination of having openly gay people in the delegation and pointedly not sending any high-ranking, high-profile people from our government does seem at least like a particularly satisfying snub. I'm not sure if that's exactly how they meant it, but that's sure how it feels. Mmm."


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  1. maybe the Administration is guessing if there is anti gay violence in Sochi, their people aren't targeted?

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Dec 18, 2013 11:17:14 AM

  2. Brian Boitano isnt out?? WHAT!!!!???? The minute he opens his mouth a unicorn gets his wings & a rainbow shoots out of its ass......

    Posted by: ToddB | Dec 18, 2013 11:32:28 AM

  3. I can just hear Putin now; "those idiot americans, as if a rag tag gang of misfits will ever spoil my day -HA' I'll eat and spit them back to their country their heads will spin!'

    Posted by: Troy | Dec 18, 2013 11:44:10 AM

  4. Always on point that Maddow, exactly what it feels like.

    Posted by: Patrick | Dec 18, 2013 12:30:20 PM

  5. US Presidents almost never go to the Olympics. Clinton went to the Atlanta games in 1996, and that's about it.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 18, 2013 12:46:28 PM

  6. Anon, that bullsh#t. Bush went to the Beijing Olympics.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Dec 18, 2013 1:18:22 PM

  7. This will be the first time since the 2000 Sydney Olympics that a President, Vice President, First Lady or former President has not been a member of the U.S. delegation to the Opening Ceremonies.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 18, 2013 3:47:59 PM

  8. Obama skips the Olympics, but gets in bed with the Iranians (who put homophobia in a whole new category).

    Posted by: WeHo | Dec 18, 2013 3:53:27 PM

  9. @WEHO: He is dealing with the Iranians in a peaceful attempt to get them to stop their development of Nuclear Weapons. Some people think that is important.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 18, 2013 4:28:05 PM

  10. Not for the disrespect of the dignitary gay athletes, but I almost hope that Putin sends his goons to mess with the gay dignitaries. Let the Russian people see what the wrath of angry lesbians looks like as they see the balls torn from the military police state on world television. Martina will settle that score in a heartbeat. ;)

    Posted by: PupDog | Dec 18, 2013 4:39:33 PM

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