BURBANK, Calif: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that his government is not overreacting in shutting down nearly 20 embassies and issuing a worldwide travel warning following threats from the terror outfits.
The US President was reacting to late-night comic Jay Leno on his chat show ‘Tonight Show’. This was his 6th appearance on NBC’s late night show and his fourth as President.
Elaborating more on the travel advisory, Obama said, “Americans need to check the State Department website for regular updates. Moreover, they are advised to proceed with their vacations in a ‘prudent way’.
“Dying in a terrorist attack is more unfortunate than dying in a car accident,” he stressed.
The comical chat show covered burning national and international issues ranging from the troubled relationship with Russia over Edward Snowden, country’s anti-gay laws, and the NSA’s surveillance activities. Moreover, Obama’s relationships with former rivals John McCain and Hillary Clinton were also the key areas of the conversation.
When Leno asked the President about his plans to attend G-20 summit in Russia, Obama flatly said, “I would attend the G-20 summit of the world’s wealthiest countries and developing nations in St. Petersburg next month.”
His attendance at the international platform becomes a matter of intense debate after Russia granted temporary asylum to Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who disclosed the surveillance programs of the National Security Agency. The issue has stirred global controversy and may affect the US-Russia relations.
While talking about demands over moving winter Olympics out of Russia, the President said that he did not think a controversy over Russia’s anti-gay rights policies would disrupt 2014 Olympics in that country.