Obama cancels West Coast trip over Syria crisis
September 5th, 2013
02:10 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama cancels West Coast trip over Syria crisis

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's trip to the West Coast next week that was set to include remarks to a labor group has been canceled so he can continue making the case for strikes in Syria, the White House said Thursday.

Obama was slated to deliver an address Monday at a meeting of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles, and attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

The president and his aides have been pressing their case to lawmakers for a military strike in Syria for the past several days. On Thursday, Obama phoned five senators, both Democrats and Republicans, to discuss Syria further.

Obama is in St. Petersburg, Russia, for a meeting of the Group of 20.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    As of this moment, I am far from being sold on the idea of strikes in Syria at this time. And, I'll never be convinced that the strikes are something that we need to do *right now* until you come up with a plausible exit strategy or two.

    September 5, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. ST

    @ Rudy NYC
    What strategy did you have by taking out bin Laden? Or Gaddafi in Libya? These issues of military invasion should never engage civilians like me and you. We contribute critics and complicate the entire efforts.

    September 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Italmn

    As a Democrat I say NO to any intervention in Syria period. It's time to let these people fight their own battles reguard less who's being killed that includes children. If they have no morals for their own people or compassion then that's just the way it is. That goes for all of them in the Middle East and North Korea period. We need to cut these people OUT. This government makes us believe we need them. We do NOT need them. For our economy ? Wrong. Just because the leaders of this country tell you it is so ? Doesn't make it so or TRUE.

    September 5, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Nothing At All

    The US economy has been based on war for the past twelve years. We need to keep feeding the beast. Republicans refused any cooperation with most of Obama's economic policies. So here we are. Until we wind down these wars and transition to a peace time economy expect more of the same.

    September 5, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Ol' Yeller

    If a majority of the other countries say no, then who are we to go in their and try to influence this thing? I do find it laughable that all these little chickenhawks in Congress (and their spineless supporters)who would have backed bush 100% had he wanted to invade Switzerland are suddenly doing 180's on Syria. What a bunch of partisan hacks these folks are....

    September 5, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. anonymoose

    obama just didn't want to stand in front of all those union people and be booed and heckled because of obamacare.

    September 5, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Hector Slagg

    Humm,
    Not sure I believe that reason. It is probably because the Unions are upset because of Obama Care killing jobs and threatening the 40 hour work week.Obama went on a campaign tour during Benganzie. Why stop now.

    September 5, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    Keep spreading the ACA lies like your master Rush tells you. If the ACA were that bad the GOP wouldn't have to spend millions to tell people.

    September 5, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. kirk

    Campaign tour, I thought he was busy commanding the raid on the embassy.

    September 5, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    Hector....
    Benghazi doesn't have an e at the end of it.

    September 5, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Thomas

    @Hector Slagg & anonymoose

    To you guy's work for the Insurance lobby ?

    I think there are other important issues , most people understand that .

    September 5, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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    September 5, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    kirk wrote

    Campaign tour, I thought he was busy commanding the raid on the embassy.
    ----------------
    Is *that* what you thought? Well, I guess that your sources of information must have lied to you again.

    September 5, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |