Obamas, Bidens Won’t Go to Sochi

    President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Washington. Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    As a sign of the United States’ concerns over human rights in Russia—including the country's anti-LGBT laws—neither the Obamas nor the Bidens will attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will go in their place, leading the U.S.’s delegation at the Games along with Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow, two openly gay athletes. In fact, the delegation will not include any current Cabinet members. “The U.S. Delegation to the Olympic Games represents the diversity that is the United States,” a White House spokesperson told BuzzFeed. U.S. officials aren’t the only ones snubbing Sochi. German President Joachim Gauck and French President Francois Hollande have both announced they won’t be at the Games.

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