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The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday was an ideal curtain-raiser. Millions of viewers watched as athletes came together among firework displays, a record-breaking drone show and high emotions kicking off 17 days of frosty athletics.
But it seems US Vice President Mike Pence his not having such a good time.
Ahead of the event, figure skater Adam Rippon hit out at Mr Pence over his record of supporting anti-LGBT legislation and also declined invites to meet with him.
And critics have condemned the vice president for his apparent attempts to isolate North Korea from the Games. He spent the days leading up to the opening ceremony warning that the North was trying to “hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games” with its “propaganda”
But North Korea was still welcomed with open arms during the ceremony and crowds roared as athletes from the North and South marched together and their officials shook hands.
While people around him stood up and cheered for the unified Korean entrance, Mike Pence and his wife Karen remained seated. And the internet noticed.
At an NFL game four months ago, Mr Pence left early because all the players knelt during the national anthem.
Donald Trump’s administration is adamant players stand during the song. The President took a shot at former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during national anthem singing at games in August 2016 in protest.
People were quick to point out the irony of Pence refusing to stand.
Wow North Korea and South Korea walk in under one flag. The whole stadium jumps up and goes crazy. Except Mike Penc… https://t.co/FID2p3h8sL