Obama is seeking a congressional debate and vote to consider any military action.
The deadly attacks in and around Damascus occurred on August 21, and reportedly killed more than 1,400 people, including more than 400 children, according to U.S. intelligence findings. The United Nations is still investigating the exact nature and type of weapons that were used, but their investigation would not determine who used them.
Earlier this past week, Britain’s House of Commons struck down a key vote that would have allowed Prime Minister David Cameron to pursue future military actions. In his statement on Saturday, Obama referenced this vote, which may have in some way influenced his decision to pursue congressional favor in the U.S.
“We cannot and will not turn a blind eye to what happened in Damascus,” Obama said in statement at the White House Rose Garden.
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"Trayvon Martin could have been me"
President Obama said on Friday that the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager shot dead in Florida last year, has raised questions about why young African-Americans experience racial profiling.
"You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago," Obama told reporters at the White House.
Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he talks about the Trayvon Martin shooting in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington, on July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing
Democrats in the U.S. Senate threatened to change the rules on how an opposing party can delay votes on certain presidential nominations, but ongoing negotiations could result in a compromise that avoids a big showdown.
Photo: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Meanwhile, hundreds protested near Mandela’s hospital against a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama in the South African capital of Pretoria, calling his foreign policy “arrogant and oppressive.” Due to Mandela’s fragile health, Obama has no plans to visit him unless the family invites him.
Photo: Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, outside the hospital where the former South African President lay critically ill on June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
It’s not easy to protect one of the most powerful people in the world: Reuters photographer Jason Reed gives us an inside look at who protects the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Frustrated by their inability to wring more “fiscal cliff” concessions out of President Barack Obama, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives announced Tuesday night that they expect to pass their own tax bill as a backup plan to avert the tax hikes and automatic budget cuts set to occur in January.
No one expects the bill, which would extend low tax rates except on income of $1 million and above, to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. President Barack Obama’s latest position puts the threshold for income tax hikes at $400,000.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) hugs North Point Marina owner Donna Vanzant as he tours damage done by Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, New Jersey, October 31, 2012. At left is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Putting aside partisan differences, Obama and Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey together on Wednesday, taking in scenes of flooded roads and burning homes in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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Binders of women, blind trusts, and acts of terror - The Trail\
Governor Romney faced a feistier President Obama, sparing over issues like oil and gas drilling, women’s rights, immigration, and the 47 percent. Things became particularly feisty during an exchange on Benghazi and whether the phrase “acts of terror” was used to describe the attack. (October 16, 2012)
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LIVE COVERAGE: The second 2012 U.S. presidential debate
Photo: The stage is set for the second U.S. presidential campaign debate taking place in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012. U.S. president Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will meet in a town-hall format taking questions from a selected audience on Tuesday night. [REUTERS/Lucas Jackson]