NBC Olympics Host Bob Costas' Interview with President Obama to Air as Part of Opening Ceremony
NBC Olympics Primetime and late night host Bob Costas, a 25-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, interviewed President Barack Obama on Thursday, Feb. 6, via satellite. Costas conducted the interview from NBC Olympics' studio in Sochi, Russia, site of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, while the President was in The White House. They exclusively discussed a variety of topics surrounding the Sochi Winter Games.
The full interview will air Friday night as part of NBC's coverage of the Opening Ceremony. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following the television airing, the full interview will be made available on www.NBCOlympics.com.
Following are excerpts from Thursday's interview:
BOB COSTAS: "...You are sending openly gay athletes like Caitlin Kaho and Brian Boitano as part of the delegation. It's hard to miss the message that's being sent there."
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Well, there is no doubt we wanted to make it very clear that we do not abide by discrimination in anything, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and one of the wonderful things about the Olympics is that you are judged by your merit. How good you are regardless of where you come from, what you look like, who you love and that I think is consistent with the spirit of the Olympics. It is certainly consistent with American values and we want to make sure the people understand that."
BOB COSTAS: "The U.S. and Russia each have their differences, but right now there is at least one area where those interests coincide. How satisfied are you about the level of cooperation between Russian and American intelligence and security forces when it comes to trying to keep these Games safe?"