President Obama will let sports fans enjoy the first installment of "Monday Night Football" Monday night, but on Tuesday he will expand his campaign to win congressional approval for bombing Syria with a primetime speech from the White House.
A disappointing preseason
Obama has, of course, already begun his pitch to Congress, but the effort so far has been deemed inept, at best, even by supporters. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told ABC's "This Week" that he reached out to Obama last week to help lobby for war in Congress, but he has not heard back. “I haven’t heard back from the White House yet — I haven’t heard back from anyone,” Kinzinger explained. “I don’t even know who my White House liaison is, who’s supposed to be creating this relationship.”
Flooding the zone
Obama will warm up for his Tuesday address by sitting for six television interviews with anchors at NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN and Fox News. This is on top of White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough appearing on all five of the major Sunday shows, and Vice President Joe Biden hosting dinner at his house Sunday night ... a dinner Obama dropped by to make his case personally.
Coming off a bye
The last time Obama bombed a foreign nation for an extended period of time was in March 2011 in Libya. But Obama did not go to Congress for authorization for that war or mount a major effort to present a case for the intervention to the rest of the country before unleashing the bombs. And not only did Obama not address the nation from the White House when the bombing began, all he did do was make a brief statement during a press conference from Brazil.
Is the fix in?
The American public is steadily souring on Obama's Syrian war plans. According to CNN, 59 percent of Americans oppose Congress passing a resolution authorizing U.S. military action against Syria. On top of that, more than 70 percent say such a strike would not achieve significant goals for the U.S., and a similar amount say it's not in the national interest for the U.S. to get involved in Syria's bloody two-year-long civil war.
But despite all this opinion against Obama's Syria strike, it still looks like a resolution will pass the Senate. The question then becomes, will Obama wait for the House to speak, or will he take the Senate's approval and strike Syria.
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