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OB-YT063_whtict_G_20130831224015President Obama in the Oval Office with Vice president Joe Biden on Saturday.

After a 45-minute walk Friday night, President Barack Obama made a fateful decision that none of his top national security advisers saw coming: To seek congressional authorisation before taking military action in Syria.

The stunning about-face after a week of U.S. saber rattling risked not only igniting a protracted congressional fight, which could end with a vote against strikes, but a backlash from allies in the Middle East who had warned the White House that inaction would embolden not only Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but his closest allies, Iran and Hezbollah.

At the Last Minute, Obama Alone Made Call to Seek Congressional Approval (Wall Street Journal)

Pic: White House

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He said in order to defend our own freedom he needed to fight for gay equality.
‘When we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters…we defend our own liberty as well.”
The reference is an echo to his inaugural address in 2013, when Obama said the journey is not complete until LGBT people are treated like anyone else under the law.

President Obama (top) at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, today with Angela Merkel (right), who opposes marriage equality.

Barack Obama calls for gay equality in Germany (Gaystarnews)

In Berlin, Obama pays tribute to Berliners and Western values (USA Today)

Meanwhile….

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(AP/Fox)

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Or a great speech for Northern Ireland?

Obama’s address at Waterfront Hall, Belfast, yesterday (highlights above).

Eddie writes:

I have just watched  the whole of Obama’s speech in Belfast on UTV. player…It is so unbelievably patronising….I can’t believe that even he isn’t embarrassed.

 

Full speech here

 

Obama tells Belfast ‘peace is harder than war’ (Irish Independent)