St. Petersburg, Florida -- You may have noticed that President Obama has not, and will not, be attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi.His absence was a topic of conversation on CNN's State of the Union. 10 News and PunditFact team up to check a claim that it's uncommon for him not to be there.
On CNN's State of the Union, anchor Candy Crowley discusses the fact that it's unusual for a president or his family not to attend the Olympics. She was having the discussion with former Homeland Security director, Janet Napolitano.
Here's what she said:
"I'm sure it's been noted to you, that it's been 14 years since a president or a vice president, or a member of their family, has not gone and attended at least an event at the Olympics."
"What Candy Crowley is trying to get at here is that it is a snub because the relations between the two countries are not ideal," says Katie Sanders with PunditFact.
For this check, PunditFact went back 14 years:
* In 2000, Chelsea Clinton went to Sydney.
* In 2002, President George W. Bush went to the games in Salt Lake City.
* In 2004 George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara attended in Athens.
* In 2006 Laura Bush went to Italy.
* In 2008, President Bush made his second appearance at an Olympics in Beijing.
* In 2010, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill went to Vancouver.
* And in 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama attended the games in London.
"We can't say whether or not it's a snub or if it's a hidden message from the Obamas to president Putin about the anti-gay policies that are in Russia these days. But if you just look at the facts, the first family, or the vice president, or his wife has been to every games since 1998," says Sanders.
Because of that, PunditFact rates Crowley's statement, TRUE.
In fact, PunditFact found the tradition goes back to 1998, when Tipper Gore attended the games in Japan. You can read the details of this fact-check here.
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