Obama Hopes Gay and Lesbian Athletes Will 'Bring Home the Gold'

The president answered questions about Russia's anti-gay law and U.S. surveillance programs.
2:36 | 08/09/13

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Transcript for Obama Hopes Gay and Lesbian Athletes Will 'Bring Home the Gold'
the cross hairs. Now to washington. Where the president called out the president of russia. About the olympics and gay rights. And a lot more. Abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl was there. Reporter: The president talked for the first time about canceling his meeting next month with russian president, vladimir putin, saying that despite the tension, they have a decent personal relationship. I know the press likes to focus on body language, and he's got that kind of slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom. But the truth is, is that when we're in conversations together, oftentimes, it's very productive. Reporter: The president said he is offended by russia's new anti-gay law, where foreigners could go to jail, for quote, promoting homosexuality, but when it comes to the upcoming winter olympics in russia -- I do no think it's appropriate to boycott the olympics. One of the things I'm really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold, the silver, or the bronze. Which I think would go a long way in rejecting in the kind of attitudes that we're seeing there. Reporter: President obama outlined new measures to reform the top secret surveillance programs revealed by fugitive nsa leaker, edward snowden, including putting a new "civil liberties" officer at the nsa and promising to reveal more about the once-secret programs. We can and must be more transparent. Reporter: But not when it comes to drone strikes. In a response to the latest global terror threat, the u.S. Has carried out six drone strikes in the last two weeks. In the interest of transparency, can you tell us about these drone strikes that we've seen over the last couple of weeks in yemen? I'm not going to discuss specific operations that have taken place. So you won't even confirm that we've carried out drone strikes in yemen? I will not have a discussion about operational issues. Reporter: The spy program reforms announced today would not have happened almost certainly without the leaks of edward snowden. That has some people today calling him a hero. The prent said he's a lawbreaker, not a patriot. Late-breaking news on the terror threat that has resulted in the closing of the embassies and consulates. 18 of the 19 embassies and consulates will we open. The one in yemen will remain closed. The embassy in yemen will we main closed. The others will reopen. A sign of some progress. Reporter: That's exactly right, diane. One more note out of

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