He said that intervening in Kosovo was unpopular at the time, but was the right thing to do. He also referenced Rwanda, saying that if that countryís genocide was taking place now, intervening would be unpopular there too.
Asked what he might do if the Senate and House split on the authorization, Obama said he didnít want to ďjump the gun and speculate because right now, Iím working to get as much support as possible.Ē
However, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken told NPR this morning that the president would not likely act without Congressí approval.
ďThe president, of course, has the authorization to act, but itís neither his desire nor his intention to use that authority absent Congress backing him,Ē Blinken said.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.