Hat’s off to the Obama administration.
The White House announced the delegation which will represent the US at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Most notable on the list of dignitaries are two openly gay athletes: tennis great Billy Jean King and two time Olympic ice hockey medalist, Caitlin Cahow.
Notably absent from the list: President Obama, Vice President Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The chattering class sees this as a direct rebuke of the harsh and often brutal anti-gay policies of the Putin government. If that is their intent…well done! The White House isn’t saying.
President Putin will undoubtedly note the hypocrisy of the gesture given our own discriminatory shortcomings. He would be right…we still have a long way to go.
Our diversity is a large part of who we are as a country. We should embrace the advancements that we have made in terms of equality and diversification while acknowledging that our work is far from over. Bringing everyone to the table is hard, messy work. But we should never allow the difficulties of the journey to deter us from reaching our goal…a nation where all men are created equal.
To its credit, the Obama administration has celebrated our diversity while leading the way to a more tolerant and inclusive America.
We applaud this very proud and public display of who we are as a country.