(CNSNews.com) - Speaking at a town hall meeting in Laos on Wednesday that was sponsored by his Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), President Barack Obama argued that the United States did well in the Olympics because its diverse population has people who “genetically” fit a wide variety of athletic activities.
“So we have really tall people to play basketball or to swim,” Obama told the group of young Southeast Asian leaders.“We have little people for gymnastics. Right? We have, genetically, for whatever sport, we have people who fit the sport, right?"
When Obama mentioned "tall people," he held his left hand over his head to signify height. When he mentioned "little people," he held his right hand down below his waist.
Here is an excerpt from Obama’s remarks as transcribed by the White House:
“Recently, we all saw the Olympics. And not to brag, but the United States did very well at the Olympics. Now, part of this is because we're a big country and we're a wealthy country, so we can provide training and opportunities for our athletes. But if you look at our athletes, there are two things that stand out. First of all, more than half of the medals we won were from women. So we passed a law a long time ago that said, if you give sports opportunities to boys, you have to give them to girls, too. It's called Title IX. And as a consequence, we developed a really excellent program for women's athletics.
“The second thing is because we have people that came from everywhere, we have people of all different types for every sport. So we have really tall people to play basketball or to swim. We have little people for gymnastics. Right? We have, genetically, for whatever sport, we have people who fit the sport, right? And that's a good metaphor for why I think we've been very successful.”