In a press conference held at the White House on Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama reacted to question about how to approach the winter Olympics slated to be held in Russia. The president urged Americans not to boycott the event, despite anti-gay and lesbian legislation passed by the country.

"I don't think it's appropriate to boycott the Olympics," he said, adding that it wouldn't be fair to the Americans who "are out there training hard" for the games. 

"No one is more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and lesbian legislation that you've been seeing in Russia," he added. "One of the things I'm looking forward to is maybe some gay or lesbian athletes bringing home the gold, silver, or bronze medals, which I think can go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes we're seeing there."