Pres. Obama addressing U.S. on Syria tonight on NBC
Pres. Obama and Map of Syria from Sept. 2013
UPDATE: You can watch Pres. Obama’s address right here on News Channel 4.
The speech is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday night; it’s expected to last about 15 minutes.
This will push back regular programming 15 minutes for the rest of the evening.
America’s Got Talent will start at about 8:15 p.m. and our 10 p.m. newscast will start at 10:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has a chance to change minds Tuesday night in a speech to the American people.
In the latest CNN/ORC poll, 59 percent of respondents said, “no,” they think congress should not authorize military action in Syria.
Not wanting to get ahead of the president’s speech, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delayed scheduling a procedural vote on a Syria resolution, seen as a key test vote.
“I don’t think we need to see how fast we can do this, we have to see how well we can do this matter.”
An apparently off-the-cuff remark from Secretary of State John Kerry may delay congress even further, after he suggested how Syrian President Bashar al-Sssad might avoid U.S. military strikes.
“He could turn over every single bit of chemical weapons to the international community in the next week,” Kerry said.
Something Kerry said he doesn’t think can be done.
However, Russia’s foreign minister has quickly latched onto the idea, saying his country is ready to work with Damascus immediately.
“We’re calling on the Syrian authorities to not only agree on putting chemical weapons storage under international control but also for its further destruction.”
That offer may stall congress even further.
An aide tells CNN the proposal is serious enough that senators don’t want to lock themselves into a position.
President Obama calls the offer a positive development “if it’s real.”
“It’s possible that we can get a break through but it’s going to have to be followed up on and we don’t want just a stalling or delaying tactic to put off the pressure on there that we have right now.”
He says he’s not pulling back on the threat of American force.