The White House announced on Saturday, that President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office of the White House this evening (Sunday, December 6th) at 8:00PM EST, about the steps our government is taking to fulfill his highest priority: keeping the American people safe. President Obama is expected to provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the tragic attack in San Bernardino, California.
According to the White House, the President will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism, including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it. He will reiterate his firm conviction that ISIL will be destroyed and that the United States must draw upon our values – our unwavering commitment to justice, equality and freedom – to prevail over terrorist groups that use violence to advance a destructive ideology. According to Politico, this will be President Obama’s third address to the nation from the Oval Office, and is meant to allay the fears of Americans that the President is not doing enough to keep the nation safe.
Obama’s rare Oval Office address is a reflection of the growing anxiety of the showdown across the world with the extremist group, that has now spread to U.S. soil following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that authorities are now acknowledging as a terrorist act. The acts of terrorism in Paris and now in San Bernardino have consumed a nation and is an active part of the political debate in the race to the White House in 2016. It is not a format Obama and the White House favors, a feeling that it is an antiquated method of reaching the American people.
The President addressed the American people from the Oval Office for the first time on June 15, 2010, when he addressed on the Administration’s response to the BP oil spill and America’s clean energy future. On April 20, 2010, an explosion ripped through BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana. In that explosion, eleven workers lost their lives and seventeen others were injured. Following the explosion, nearly a mile beneath the surface of the ocean, oil began spewing into the water. During that speech, Obama laid a “battle plan:” cleaning up the oil, helping neighbors in the Gulf, and making sure that a catastrophe like the “BP oil spill” never happens again. Obama has been given high marks for the handling of the situation. BP coughed up $20 billion to establish Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to reduce the need for taxpayer funds to be used for compensation and clean up, reported the Washington Post.
President Barack Obama addressed the nation a second time in a televised national address from the Oval Office of the White House on August 31, 2010. In his remarks, Obama formally declared an end to the combat mission in Iraq, saying that after seven years of war that claimed more than 4,400 American lives.