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President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is _ and isn't _ ...
sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. (Dec. 18)
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DURATION:-----------------------------------------1:09SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington, DC - December 17, 20131. Mid of President Barack ObamaAP - AP CLIENTS ONLYSochi, Russia - November 27, 2013++COVERED++2. STILL PHOTO of Olympic Park No date or location 3. STILL IMAGE of Sochi Olympics logoSt. Petersburg, Russia - May 1, 20134. STILL PHOTO of gay rights activistsNew York, New York - November 13, 20085. STILL PHOTO of Billie Jean KingHarbin, China - April 12, 20086. STILL PHOTO of Caitlin Cahow AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington, DC - December 18, 20137. SOUNDBITE (English) Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary (Transcript Below)AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington, DC - December 16, 20138. STILL PHOTO of President Barack ObamaAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington, DC - December 18, 20139. SOUNDBITE (English) Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary (Transcript Below)AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYSochi, Russia - October 25, 201310. STILL PHOTO of Olympic Fisht stadiumSochi, Russia - November 27, 201311. STILL PHOTO of Olympic ParkVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SENT RUSSIA A CLEAR MESSAGE ABOUT ITS TREATMENT OF GAYS AND LESBIANS -- THROUGH THE SLECTION OF HIS DELEGATION TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES AT THE SOCHI OLYMPICS.RUSSIA HAS COME UNDER FIERCE CRITICISM FOR PASSING NATIONAL LAWS BANNING "GAY PROPAGANDA." THE U.S. DELEGATION INCLUDES TWO OPENLY GAY ATHLETES... TENNIS ICON BILLIE JEAN KING WILL ATTEND THE OPENING CERMONIES. HOCKEY PLAYER CAITLIN CAHOW WILL ATTEND THE CLOSING CEREMONY.SOUNDBITE (English) Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary:"The selection reflects the diversity of this country, the strength of this country, the brilliance and success of our athletes, as well as the nature of our civic activism and government service."PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL NOT BE ATTENEDING THE SOCHI OLYMPICS -- THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THAT IS DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS.SOUNDBITE (English) Jay Carney, White House Pres Secretary:"I would simply say that is not a message we would wait to send through this manner."BUT FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2000 -- A FORMER PRESIDENT, FIRST LADY OR VICE PRESIDENT WILL NOT BE SENT TO THE GAMES EITHER.EARLIER THIS YEAR, OBAMA REJECTED THE IDEA OF A U.S. BOYCOTT OF THE OLYMPICS --DESPITE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENCES WITH RUSSIA, INCLUDING THE ANTI-GAY LAW.SIGOUT - Bob McCall/Associated Press--------------------------------------------------------------------