POLITICS -- September 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM ET
Gwen Ifill to Interview President Barack Obama Monday
President Barack Obama sat down with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff Aug. 28 at the White House. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill will interview President Obama on Monday at the White House.
(Saturday, September 7, 2013 - Arlington, VA) In the second interview with PBS NEWSHOUR in as many weeks, President Obama will sit down with NEWSHOUR Co-Anchor and Managing Editor Gwen Ifill on Monday, September 9, 2013.
The President is expected to discuss his latest attempts to build support from the American public, Congress and the international community for a military strike against Syria in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack on August 21.
The interview with President Obama airs Monday on the inaugural broadcast of the new PBS NEWSHOUR, with Ifill and Judy Woodruff as co-anchors and managing editors. It will also be available via the PBS NEWSHOUR live stream on our homepage and via the PBS NEWSHOUR Ustream channel.
Ifill and Woodruff interviewed Mr. Obama at the White House on Aug. 28. Watch that interview or read the transcript here.
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As the Associated Press reports, the president "faces a high-stakes week of trying to convince a skeptical Congress and a war-weary American public that they should back him on a military strike against Syria."
More from the AP:
His administration came under pressure Saturday from European officials to delay possible action until U.N. inspectors report their findings about an Aug. 21 chemical attack that Obama blames on the Assad government.
Yet foreign ministers meeting in Lithuania with Secretary of State John Kerry did endorse a "clear and strong response" to an attack they said strongly points to President Bashar Assad's government. Kerry welcomed the "strong statement about the need for accountability," although the EU did not specify what an appropriate response would be.
The days ahead represent one of the most intense periods of congressional outreach for Obama, who's not known for investing heavily in consultations with Capitol Hill.
Just back from a European trip, Obama is working to salvage a policy whose fate he's placed in lawmakers' hands.
His administration's lobbying campaign culminates Tuesday, the evening before a critical vote is expected in the Senate. Obama will address the nation from the White House to make his case for military action.
"Over 1,400 people were gassed. Over 400 of them were children," Obama said Friday at the close of a global summit in Russia.
"This is not something we've fabricated. This is not something that we are using as an excuse for military action," he said. "I was elected to end wars, and not start them."
A passionate debate in Congress, which returns to work Monday after its summer break, already is underway.
On Wednesday, the first showdown Senate vote is likely over a resolution authorizing the "limited and specified use" of U.S. armed forces against Syria for no more than 90 days and barring American ground troops from combat. A final vote in the 100-member chamber is expected at week's end.
A House vote is likely the week of Sept. 16.
Last weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on the major Sunday talk shows. This Sunday, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough is preparing to do the same.
The NewsHour's presidential interview will take place at the White House and will air in full on the show Monday evening and here on our website.
Ifill and co-anchor Judy Woodruff interviewed the president at the White House on Aug. 28. Watch that interview below or read the transcript here.
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