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Obama Loses His Chance To Confront Putin On Russian Homophobia

President Obama will have to wait for another time to tell Vladimir Putin that the U.S. abhors the rabid homophobia that’s been unleashed in Russia. While the president will be attending an economic summit in St. Petersburg next month, the White House has announced that it is cancelling a summit with Putin, so the face-to-face meeting is off.

According to a statement from the House, “given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last twelve months, we have informed the Russian Government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda.” The human rights reference presumably covers the antigay violence that has become a defining characteristic of Russian society, although it would have been nice if the reference was explicit.

Obama sent a strong signal about what his message to Putin would have been during his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, saying he had “no patience for countries that try to treat gays of lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”

While the chance to tell Putin directly what he thinks won’t be happening, Obama still has a number of steps he can take to signal the U.S.’s disapproval of Russian homophobia. The questions is, will he take them?

By:          John Gallagher
On:           Aug 7, 2013
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    • jeff4justice

      Now if only he could cancel his meetings with the lobbyists who own him and who push the corporate agenda of total surveillance society madness.

      All hail the 2-party system charade of lie-based war, slavery, poverty, pollution, and eradication of human rights!

      Aug 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Snapper59

      A former KGB agent gives not one shit what a former community organizer thinks.

      Aug 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jheryn

      Look, I hate the Russian homophobia as much as any LGBT person does, but there are a million issues that the US and Russia need to discuss. Should it be discussed? Absolutely. Should it be the top priority right now with all the unrest in the Mid East? I would have to say no. The things the US and Russia have to deal with in that area of the world scare me a lot more than homophobia in Russia. I’m in no way saying it should not be a hot topic, but there are other things probably more pressing right now.

      Aug 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BJ McFrisky

      @Snapper59: Bingo. It was all for show, anyway. Putin’s never taken Obama seriously, and isn’t likely to start now.

      Aug 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ouragannyc

      Human right violation is not the reason why the summit was cancelled.
      It was cancelled/postponed because Snowden got temporary asylum in Russia.

      Aug 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ouragannyc

      This is sooo old and sooo boring.
      It doesn’t matter that he was a community organizer.
      He is NOW the president of a world super power.

      Aug 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Snapper59

      @ouragannyc: And a Nobel Prize winner!!
      But when he wants a traitor who betrayed his government returned to him:
      “Pleaaaaaasse! Pretty pleeaaaaasse! I’ll be your friend! C’mon!”

      He’s a joke. Nobody worldwide takes him seriously. Which is why they were thrilled to see him placed there.

      Aug 7, 2013 at 2:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Polyboy

      The only joke is you reciting from Sarah Palin’s political hymnal Snapper 59.

      The only people who claim to not take Obama seriously are people like you you dwell in an echo chamber of their own devising. Which is funny because you’re so compelled to yammer on with the same discredited insults, innuendos, and the like, so people like you are more fixated than people who claim to support him.

      Continue to lie about the biography. It’s all you’ve really got.

      Aug 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • THE MANN

      President Obama will deal with this in his own time and pace. You watch Russia is going to be the one that pays for what they have done. Not everything can be done over night.

      Aug 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Milk

      @Polyboy: Damn! You should wait a bit for the birth certificate thingy, I swear it’s next.

      Aug 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • onyxsky

      @jeff4justice: if only

      Aug 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Snapper59

      In Barack Obama’s mind, the ultimate punishment is to deny you the opportunity to meet with Barack Obama. #ExplainingthingsforPutin

      Tweet of the Day.

      Aug 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MK Ultra

      Some people on here are so silly.
      Yeah, like Russia doesn’t care about what their biggest competition is doing?
      Everything they’ve been doing so far is purely to antagonize the US
      but they don’t care #learnpolitics

      Aug 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion

      Russian gays of note:

      Nikolai Gogol
      Modest Musorgsky
      Mikhail Kuzmin
      Sergei Eisenstein
      Sergei Diaghilev
      Vaslav Nijinsky
      Nikolai Kliuev
      Metropolitan Serafim
      Marina Tvetaeva
      Sophia Parnok
      Rudolf Nureyev
      Sergei Paradjanov
      Yevgenny Kharitonov
      Mikhail Pletnev
      Sviatoslav Richter
      Gennady Schmakov
      Zinaida Gippius
      Andrei Egunov
      Alexander Shenin
      Alexei Apukhtin
      Nikolai Przhevalsky
      Konstantin Leontiev
      Alexander Ivanov
      Ivan IV (The Terrible)
      Prince Boris
      Gennady Trifonov
      Yevgeny Kharitonov
      Ekaterina Dashkova
      Roman Viktyuk
      Sergey Zarubin
      Yaroslav Mogutin
      Sergei Rachmaninoff
      Vladimir Horowitz
      Sergei Esenin
      Roman Viktiuk
      Evgenii Kharitonov
      Igor Stravinsky

      Aug 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel-Reader

      Should Putin be given any diplomatic immunity anymore? Diplomatic immunity presumes the person isn’t committing mass human rights violations, right?

      Aug 7, 2013 at 11:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tjr101

      Funny republicans love to bring up Obama was a “community organizer” in a demeaning way yet they lost both Presidential elections to the “community organizer LOL

      Aug 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Triple S

      @tjr101: Your non mandatory voting system does not allow for real accuracy. Popularity polls for Obama? Terrible. Perhaps if the American population really gave a damn about the actual standing of what Obama does, you wouldn’t get Presidents that people don’t like even though not one quarter of their second term has passed.

      Aug 8, 2013 at 4:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tjr101

      @Triple S: The elections was never a popularity contest but one thing is for sure, no matter how unpopular Obama gets, republicans will always poll worse. That’s pretty accurate at this time!

      Aug 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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