Sept. 7 - After his trip to Sweden and the G20 meetings in Russia, President Barack Obama returned to the U.S. where he will take his case for military action in Syria directly to the American people and try to sway Congress to support his proposal. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Returning from his trip to Sweden and the G20 meetings in Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama arrived onboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland Friday night (September 6), before travelling to the White House on Marine One. Back on U.S. soil, Obama will take his case for military action in Syria directly to the American people next week, stepping up his campaign to convince a deeply skeptical Congress to back military strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Obama's address to the nation from the White House on Tuesday (September 10) will be part of a rejuvenated lobbying effort on Syria as Congress returns to Washington next week. A Democratic congressional aide said the administration is planning "a full-court press" aimed at undecided lawmakers. Speaking in Russia at the conclusion of the G20 summit, Obama acknowledged on Friday he faces an uphill fight to build public and congressional support for a military response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons. Early vote counts in Congress do not look encouraging for Obama, with scores of lawmakers still undecided about whether to authorize a military strike after the president said last week he would seek their approval. Opinion polls show a war-weary public strongly opposes U.S. action in Syria.