September 8, 2013
Following President Obama’s return from Europe, the White House is making an all-out effort to win Americans’ support for a military strike against Syria ahead of Congress’ return from its August recess and the president’s scheduled Oval Office speech on Tuesday, even as the president faces opposition within his own party.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough will begin the full court press by appearing on the Sunday morning talk shows to continue to make the president’s case that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered a chemical-weapon attack last month that killed more than 1,400 of his own people and that the United States must take punitive action.
The major public push comes ahead of the Senate vote as early as this upcoming week. The President has watched as members of his own party have balked at his call for a strike, with the latest being moderate Democratic senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas.