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7 December 2015 - Obama addresses the USA

Publié par Marion Coste le 12/07/2015

Obama tries to ease anxiety over terrorism with Oval Office address

David Nakamura (The Washington Post, 06/12/2015)


President Obama said Sunday that recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., show that the threat of terrorism to the United States has entered a new phase, but he vowed that the nation will ultimately defeat the Islamic State and other militant groups.
“The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it,” Obama said during a 14-minute Oval Office address. Using an acronym for the group, he declared: “We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us.”
Obama, who has struggled to calm public fears, hoped the rare prime-time address would help reassure an uneasy nation after a series of deadly attacks. Aides said he made the decision to speak directly to the nation — only the third time he has used the Oval Office for such a speech — last week and worked on his remarks through the weekend.

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Divisions

Obama Calls On U.S. To Come Together, But Is Unable To Bridge Partisan Divide
Jessica Taylor (NPR, 06/12/2015)
President Obama used a rare Oval Office address Sunday evening to speak to a worried nation about the evolving threat of terrorism and the growing influence of the Islamic State.
One of the biggest messages the president tried to communicate to the American people was that a fear of terrorist attacks must not translate into a fear of all Muslims and spark unnecessary targeting. But judging by the immediate response after the speech, Obama did little to bridge the partisan divide.
Speaking from a lectern in front of his desk, the president called Wednesday's shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed 14 people at a holiday workplace party "an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people."

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Presidential candidates
2016 presidential candidates react to Obama's Oval Office address on ISIS
(CBS News, 06/12/2015)
Moments after President Obama started his Oval Office address to the nation Sunday night, the Republican candidates who are vying to replace him at the White House began to criticize his speech.
During the address, the president talked about the U.S. operations here and abroad against terrorism, called upon Muslims to confront extremist ideology, and called for the enactment of some gun safety measures and changes to the visa system.
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Transcript

Here’s what Obama said in his Sunday night address: An annotated transcript
(The Washington Post, 06/12/2015)
Good evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays. They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply. They were white and black, Latino and Asian, immigrants, and American born, moms and dads, daughters and sons. Each of them served their fellow citizens. All of them were part of our American family.
Tonight I want to talk with you about this tragedy, the broader threat of terrorism and how we can keep our country safe. The FBI is still gathering the facts about what happened in San Bernardino, but here's what we know. The victims were brutally murdered and injured by one of their co-workers and his wife. So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home. But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West. They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition, and pipe bombs.
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