President Addresses Nation from Martha’s Vineyard
President addressed the chaos-filled city of Ferguson as well as all Americans. He addressed the nation from his vacation spot in Martha’s Vineyard. He said there is no excuse for excessive force by police. He said many Americans are scared from what they’ve seen happen near St. Louis and told everyone to take a deep breath, step back and think of how to move forward.
President Obama addressed Brown’s death as “tragic and heartbreaking” The President has given the Department of Justice and the FBI the task of independently investigate the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In addressing the task he said, “I made clear to the attorney general Eric Holder that we should do what is necessary to determine exactly what happened and make sure that justice is done,” he said. Obama also blasted the arrests of journalists, saying that they should not be arrested for just doing their job.
Obama reassured America during this time of crisis: “I know emotions are raw right now in Ferguson and there are certainly passionate differences about what has happened. But let’s remember that we’re all part of one American family, we are united in common values and that includes the belief in equality under the law, respect for public order and the right to peaceful public protests,” said Obama.
Also during his speech in Martha’s Vineyard, he addressed the situation in Iraq. He explained that a Pentagon assessment team reported that a rescue operation would not be needed as dozens of Yazidi have escaped. According to Obama, “The situation in Iraq has greatly improved.” Obama said that air strikes against ISIS militants that are a threat to U.S. personnel and others in the northern regions of Iraq will continue. Obama praised the new soon to be Prime Minister of Iraq. He never once mentioned Maliki, which is a sign that America has lost its trust in Maliki.
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