President Obama says mass shooting in San Bernardino was indeed a terrorist attack, and that the United States will overcome any threats levied against it by being “strong and smart, resilient and relentless.”
The President made the remarks during a rare address to the nation late Sunday evening from a lectern in the Oval Office, telling the world:
“This was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people.”
He added that the couple who committed the attack in San Bernardino, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, had “gone down the dark path of radicalization” and embraced a “perverted version of Islam” that encouraged supporters to wage war against the Western world and the United States.President Barack Obama addresses the country from the Oval Office on December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Image Credit: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images
Obama also discussed how domestic terrorism has become “an evolving threat” but one that the United States will be able to overcome, saying:
“We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us.”
The President also called on Congress during the address to formally declare war against ISIS and to pass new nationwide gun control laws.
Sunday’s primetime address was only the third live speech the President has made from the Oval Office throughout his presidency. The other two speeches were both made back in 2010.