President Obama on The Tonight Show: Thoughts on Russia, Trayvon Martin, John McCain Bromance

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President Barack Obama visited one of his favorite haunts on his latest trip to L.A. sitting down for an interview on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

On NBC, the leader of the free world discussed a sampling of the pressing issues confronting his administration, but enjoyed a few laughs as well.

Asking about his "bromance" with former opponent John McCain, Leno pointed out that the two were fighting a lot before coming together on some issues.

"Well, that's how the classic romantic comedy starts?" Obama joked, before praising McCain as a man who stands for something, not against everything.

Leno also complimented Obama on the "eloquent" remarks he gave on July 19 after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.

"I think we all were troubled by what happened, and any of us who are parents can imagine the heartache that those parents went through," Obama said.

"It doesn't mean that Trayvon was a perfect kid, none of us were...You're a teenager, you're gonna mess up and you won't always have the best judgment."

"But what I think all of us agree to," the President continued on the topic, "is that we should have a criminal justice system that is fair, that's just."

"I wanted to try to explain was why this was a sensitive topic for African-American families because a lot of people know the experience of being followed or being viewed suspiciously."

Obama was then asked about Russia's anti-gay law and whether that might affect the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. He said likely it will not.

"I think [President] Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure that the Olympics work," said the commander in chief of the controversial policy.

"I think that they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics we wouldn't tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently."

"If Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, every judgment should be made on the track, in the pool or on the balance beam, and sexual orientation shouldn't have anything to do with it."

"They are athletes. They are there to compete."

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