Napolitano’s Mission to Russia

Here are your orders.

From the CapitalAlert blog of the Sacramento Bee: President Barack Obama has decided not to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February, so he’s sending a delegation of athletes and diplomats in his place. Leading the group, the White House announced yesterday, is Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, who also led a delegation to the closing ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. She will be joined by former tennis champion Billie Jean King and figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano, among others.
“I look forward to being in Sochi to support our Olympic athletes and celebrate their accomplishments,” Napolitano said in a statement. “It is an honor to represent our country in the company of individuals who have excelled in life and sport.”


Seems like a very odd assignment for a UC president.  But maybe there is more to it!