Are Conservatives in the House gonna vote FOR something that seems to HELP Obama off the Hook and put them on it?
The President WILL try to dump this the GOPer’s laps ….(King is the first out the dugout leading the charge it seems)
But I see a LOT of Democrats joining to vote against this….
It’s gonna be a hard sell…..
Obama and Vice President Biden in the Rose Garden. (C. Dharapak/AP)
In an afternoon appearance in the Rose Garden, Mr. Obama said he had decided that the United States should use force but would wait for a vote from lawmakers, who are not due to return to town until Sept. 9. Mr. Obama said he believed he had the authority to act on his own, but he did not say whether he would if Congress rejects his plan.
“I’m prepared to give that order,” Mr. Obama said. “But having made my decision as commander in chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interest, I’m also mindful that I’m president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy.”
Going to war with the support of the people’s representatives, he added, “I know the country will be stronger.”
The president’s announcement effectively dared Congress to either stand by him or, as he put it, allow President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to get away with murdering children. By asking lawmakers to weigh in, he is trying to break out of his box of isolation of the last week, in the face of deep skepticism at home and around the world about the strike. His decision indicates he does not want to go forward without Congress and the American public.
But it represents a major political gamble for a president with marginal command of Congress. Officials said he is likely to win support in the Senate, where leading Republicans quickly issued statements welcoming his decision, but the House is more of an open question given its strong current of antiwar sentiment in both parties.
The decision also means that the period of vacillation before a strike will extend until after Mr. Obama travels to St. Petersburg, Russia, for a summit meeting of the Group of 20 nations, a session that now seems certain to be dominated by the question of what to do about Syria…..
Note from the Dog….
Obama was going because of the ‘line in the sand’ thing….
And President Obama just blinked….
Oh, And gave David Cameron some back on his mistake….