A question asked Obama at yesterday’s press conference revolved around Russia granting asylum to Edward Snowden and the cancellation of a summit meeting as a result of that and other rifts, and during Obama’s answer he veered into this:
President Obama today made clear that he rejects growing calls for the U.S. to boycott the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi over Russia’s new anti-gay law.
“I want to just make very clear right now: I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics,” the president told reporters at a White House news conference.
“We’ve got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed,” he said. “Nobody’s more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and -lesbian legislation that you’ve been seeing in Russia.”
“One of the things I’m really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze, which I think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes that we’re seeing there,” Obama said. “And if Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, then that would probably make their team weaker.”
Putin and Medvedev must spend at least a couple hours a day laughing at this guy.
Obama told them after the election he’d have more flexibility. Guess not.
It’s gotten so bad that the Russian leadership sent George W. Bush a get-well card partly as a veiled slap to Obama, who oddly enough originally campaigned as the person who was going to bring the world together. International relations are much worse now than they were under Bush, and Obama would like nothing more than for everybody to believe that’s only because people are ticked at him for lecturing them about full rights for gays — something Obama himself didn’t even speak out in favor of until just over a year ago.
If reality avoidance were an Olympic sport, Obama would take home the gold.