At the same time, the White House announced that no top-tier government officials will join the official group, a clear slap at Russian anti-homosexual policies and a strong sign of support for gay athletes. Let the games begin.
The president on Wednesday honored 16 do-gooders, big shots and champions, including Stephen Hawking (still alive despite Britain’s socialized medicine), Billie Jean King (G.O.A.T.?) and, oddly enough, the late former U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp, who was Bob Dole’s ’96 VP choice. Full list after the jump.