In a unique Oval Office address, President Barack Obama declared Sunday night the U.S. will overcome a new stage of the terror threat that seeks to “poison the minds” of people here and around the world, as he tried to encourage Americans shaken by ongoing attacks in Paris and California.
“I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted with cancer that has no immediate cure,” he said, speaking from a lectern in his West Wing office. “The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it,” he stated.
The president’s speech followed Wednesday’s shooting in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and wounded 21. Authorities say a couple carried out the attack, and the wife pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and its leader in a Facebook post.
Obama said that while there was no proof the shooters were directed by a terror network overseas or part of a broader plot, “the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization.”
“This was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people,” he said in the 13-minute address.
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