TODAY   |  September 07, 2013

Obama to address nation on Syria

President Obama faces what even he acknowledges is a "hard sell" on Syria.  His weekly radio address offered a preview of the case he'll make to the nation Tuesday night, saying he would call on members of Congress to “come together and stand up for the kind of world we want to live in.” NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>> we want to begin with the latest on the president's attempt to get congress to approve a strike in syria . peter alexander has more on that. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning to you. president obama didn't waste time jump sboog the debate over whether the u.s. should have military action in syria even as he was flying back from russia last night. the president called both republican and democratic leaders in congress trying to persuade them, return from the summit of world leaders he was unable to build international help. he now has a national address the president will deliver on tuesday. we have been told about speeches and briefings, classified briefings as well as phone calls leading toup that. this morning, we are getting preview of what we might hear tuesday night.

>> failing to respond to this outrageous attack would increase the risk that chemical weapons could be used again. they would fall into the hands of terrorist that is might use them against us and send a horrible signal that there would be consequences.

>> they say the president is in a box right now. liberal democrats don't want intervention. hawkish republicans don't believe or trust the president's policy, his plan for syria is perhaps the right one. it puts him in a tough position before the first days before the vote takes place that could happen as early as wednesday in the senate. erica?

>> peter alexander at the white