From: Geoff Earle [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:30 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO ; Gabriel, Brian A. Jr. EOP/WHO
Subject: Pool report no. 2, Nov. 25, 2015
POTUS spoke for about 5 ½ minutes, assuring the public that the US was taking “every possible step” to protect against attacks on the homeland over the holidays.
Flanked by Homeland Sec. Johnson and AG Lynch, Obama said counterterror, intelligence, homeland, and law enforcement officials “are working overtime” to protect us.
“As we go into Thanksgiving weekend, I want the American people to know that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe.”
“Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland. That is based on the latest information I’ve just received in the situation room,” Obama said.
Stealing a line from Metro, he advised Americans: “If you see something suspicious, say something.”
He wore a red tie and a dark suit, reading from big prompters in the room.
Pls check official transcript for full quotes.
He spoke again of the “heinous” attacks in Paris, which touched “a deep chord” in the US.
He said Americans have been asking themselves whether it’s safe to fly or travel or gather.
“It’s understandable people could worry something similar could happen here.”
Then he went through steps against ISIS: 8,000 air strikes, taking out leaders, taking territory, working to choke off financing and supplies, etc.
“We’re stepping up the pressure on ISIL … and we will not let up, adjusting our tactics where necessary until they are beaten.”
Then he talked about “extraordinary” measures to strengthen homeland security since 9/11.
“We’ve improved upon these actions over time,” Obama said.
He said the briefing he got w/ “no specific ad credible” intell of a threat is similar to the briefing he got on Saturday.
“As Americans travel this weekend to be with their loved ones, I want them to know that our counterterrorism, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals at every level are working overtime,” he said.
“Their efforts have saved lives. They serve ever hour of every day for the sake of our security. They did so before Paris, and they do so now,” he said. Even “without a break for the holidays.”
“In the even of a specific, credible threat, the public will be informed,” he said.
Obama called for people to be vigilant. “If you see something suspicious, say something. That’s always helpful.”
Then the president said people should “go about their usual Thanksgiving weekend activities.”
Then he offered “happy Thanksgiving.”