Vladimir Putin moved quickly to distance himself from the White House and an anticipated G-8 Summit meeting in May after Obama's support of same-sex marriage announcement this week.
Putin, who has his own political controversies at home, said he wanted to get his own house in order before traveling overseas to visit foreign dignitaries and mash out international relations; but one has to wonder if that's the truth.
The Russian president heading into the beginning of yet another term in office after having had two as president already isn't the kind of leader that demurs from attending any high-profile international leadership event.
His absence, therefore, raises some political questions, especially given its timing. Putin, according to Fox News, "made sharp criticism of the United States a central theme in his election" this time. And it can't have helped that the country's first Black president muddied the image of the free world with his recent embrace of homosexuality on Wednesday, which is a much more taboo and shameful practice in the eyes of the world than in the U.S.
President Obama is courting gay voters for his presidential re-election in November, but he just got a vote of "no confidence" from the new Russian president in the interim. And that cannot bode well for him on the home turf, where international relations with Russia remain a concern.