Between phone calls urging lawmakers to authorize a military attack against Syria, President Obama went golfing Saturday.
Mr. Obama played a round of golf with three White House aides at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland. As his motorcade left the White House grounds near the South Lawn en route to the golf course shortly before 1 p.m., anti-war protesters demonstrated outside the fence on the north side of the White House.
The president also received an update Saturday from Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the administration’s efforts to persuade Congress to support a limited missile strike against Syria. A White House official said Mr. Obama “will make additional calls to members of Congress this weekend” as he lobbies to punish the Syrian regime for killing more than 1,400 civilians in a chemical attack on Aug. 21 near Damascus.
The president returned to Washington around 10 p.m. Friday from the G-20 summit in Russia, where he had little success in persuading foreign leaders to support his proposed military action against Syria.
In Congress, only about two dozen House members are on record so far supporting the president’s proposal for a “limited” strike. In an effort to build public support for military action, Mr. Obama will make a televised address to the public Tuesday night from the White House.
A White House official also said Mr. Obama will tape interviews on Monday afternoon with three network news anchors, as well as with PBS, CNN and FOX.