President Obama To Speak Tonight About Terrorist Threats to U.S.

Dec 6, 2015

President Barack Obama will address the nation tonight about steps the government is taking to address terrorist threats against the United States. KUT will provide live coverage of his speech from the Oval Office tonight starting at 7.

NPR's Lynn Nearly will be joined by NPR correspondents for analysis of the speech, which is expected to include an update on the investigation into this week's San Bernadino shootings. President Obama addresses the nation, tonight at 7 here on KUT 90.5 and streaming at KUT.org.

This will be only President Obama's third address from the Oval Office. According to NPR,

The other two were about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the end of combat operations in Iraq, both in 2010. Obama has addressed the nation several times since then, but has preferred other backdrops like the White House East Room where he announced the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011.

Sundays in America mean church and professional football. Obama will squeeze in his address — expected to last between just 10 and 15 minutes, according to White House staff — between games. The president's speech is scheduled to begin soon after 8 p.m. EST, which is sandwiched right between the late afternoon slate of football games, which end around 7:30 p.m. EST, and Sunday Night Football beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST between the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Obama, who refers to ISIS as ISIL, will talk "about the steps our government is taking" to make sure the homeland is safe, according to a statement released Saturday night from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. The president will "update" on the investigation in San Bernardino, and he "will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism, including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it," per the statement.