In one of the more disjointed and scattered press conferences in recent memory, President Obama took a moment to speak about gay rights in Russia after having been asked a question about that subject by nobody in particular:

Obama, segueing from a question about Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum in Russia, the cancelled summit with Putin and the general failure of the “reset button” to improve U.S./Russian relations, started talking about gay rights in that country as it pertains to their Olympic athletes:

Here’s the video:

Clearly Obama was in no hurry to get to Benghazi questions:

Obama’s explanation got a little confusing:

Perhaps one reason Obama veered into that subject is because he’s been a well-known champion of gay rights for several hundred days now:

Obama clearly thinks a lack of gay rights in Russia is not a “phony scandal.”


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