President Barack Obama has been active in the media lately, rolling a series of speeches and public appearances as part of his “Better Bargain For The Middle Class” initiative. The president visited The Tonight Show Tuesday (August 6) night, and discussed with Jay Leno a bevy of topics including domestic spying, Russia’s anti-gay laws, politics and more.
Addressing the fallout from Edward Snowden’s NSA whistle-blowing and brushing aside what he referred to as “phony scandals” in an earlier speech, President Obama covered other political matters as well. Aiming slight attention to Snowden’s temporary asylum in Russia, the president had tough words for the country and its anti-gay laws as it plans to host the upcoming Winter Olympics.
“I’ve been very clear that when it comes to universal rights, whether discriminating on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation, you’re violating the basic morality that should transcend every country,” said Obama. “I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays, lesbians, and transgendered persons in ways that will intimidate them or are harmful to them.”
Other highlights of the talk included Obama saying that the country does not have a domestic spying program, although he did state in June that the NSA does collect some key information over computer and phone networks. The president was typically charming but he used the platform to assume what analysts see as a stronger leadership image.
One light moment occurred when Obama gave Leno, an avid car collector, a toy version of his presidential limo to which the host quipped that he hopes to see the real thing in his garage soon.
Check out a clip of President Barack Obama on The Tonight Show below. Hit the next page for the car giveaway clip.
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