I think his warning would have been better received in Moscow if the president hadn’t asked for the Winter Olympic events to be decided “on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam,” but at least he understood that Russia is hosting an Olympics. PolitiFact would rule the statement “half-true.”
Russia has said that the anti-gay laws will be enforced during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which have sparked protests and demonstrations for boycotting the Sochi Olympics. “If Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam and people’s sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it,” Obama said Tuesday evening.
However, if there were sports such as igloo hurdles, swimming in icy water, or balance beam on ice skates, I’d watch — and so would the rest of America.