Responding to the growing congressional resistance to military action against Syria, one of President Obama’s former White House advisers said Friday that it is up to the commander in chief to rally support for a strike, convince the American people and provide members of Congress with enough cover to support the effort.
David Axelrod said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Mr. Obama will address the nation in the coming days as he attempts to make the case to strike the Assad regime to both the public and lawmakers on as big a stage as possible.
“The president needs to make the case and give them the arguments and the cover frankly for a ‘yes’ vote, and that is very, very important,” Mr. Axelrod said. “The question really is not what has happened before, the question is what happens now because the consequences of a ‘no’ vote would be very, very serious.”
Mr. Axelrod said that he does not expect that Mr. Obama would speak until the middle of next week.
“I think they will be mobilizing, or they should be mobilizing high-powered surrogates on this issue because the impression right now is that there is nothing but opposition to this, and that is not true,” he said.