To read a full transcript of tonight’s speech, click here.
For only the third time since being elected, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office. The speech is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Eastern, and will be carried by CBS, ABC, Fox, and CNN.
NBC will cut away from their NFL coverage, but programming should return to normal for kickoff at 8:25 p.m. Eastern. On CBS, 60 Minutes will be interrupted, and the coverage of the speech will be anchored live by Scott Pelley on the East coast. ABC will delay the midseason finale of Once Upon a Time by 15 minutes. The same goes for The Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox.
In tonight’s speech, Obama plans to address what he considers to be his highest priority: the safety of the American people. He will speak on the attacks in San Bernadino, and will discuss “the broader threat of terrorism.”
Here is the full statement from The White House Facebook page describing tonight’s speech:
Tomorrow at 8pm ET, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office about the steps our government is taking to fulfill his highest priority: keeping the American people safe. The President will provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the tragic attack in San Bernardino. 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.
Obama will begin by providing insight and information regarding the attacks in San Bernadino earlier this week. The shootings that claimed 14 people are being investigated as acts of terrorism, and Obama stated earlier this week it was “entirely possible” the two shooters were radicalized.
Earlier in the week, A search of the couple’s home revealed thousands of rounds of ammunition as well as explosive devices.
Obama addressed the events earlier in the week, and noted a lack of what he described as “common-sense gun safety laws.”
“..Some may be aware of the fact that we have a no-fly list where people can’t get on planes, but those same people who we don’t allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm and there’s nothing that we can do to stop them,” Obama said during an interview with CBS on Wednesday. “That’s a law that needs to be changed.”
The President has spoken live from the Oval Office just twice during his presidency, both in 2010. His first speech laid out the plan for combatting the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The disaster, which started on April 20, 2010, spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Four months later, Obama was giving another speech from his desk. This time, it was to announce the end of combat operations in Iraq.
“So tonight, I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country,” Obama told a national audience. It’s worth noting that over five years later, thousands of troops are still present in Iraq engaging in an anti-ISIS campaign.