Obama to give address after California shootings
SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: President Barack Obama has scheduled a rare Oval Office address to the nation this evening to talk about last week’s shooting rampage in California and the country’s efforts to combat terrorism.
Administration officials say Obama will urge Americans not to give into fear, without announcing any major changes in policy toward the Islamic State group.
Obama has made televised statements from the Oval Office just twice, the last in 2010.
His speech comes amid criticism that he has underestimated the threat from an extremist group that claimed responsibility for last month’s deadly attacks in Paris.
The White House says President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday about the steps the government is taking to keeping people safe after the attack this past week in California.
Obama will provide an update on the San Bernardino attack that killed 14 and wounded 21 and will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism. He will talk about the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how he plans to defeat it.
He will talk about his determination that the Islamic State group must be destroyed. And he will make the case that the United States must draw the nation’s values – its commitment to justice, equality and freedom – to prevail over terrorist groups.