Skip to comments.Sheldon Adelson to President Obama: 'I Would Be Willing to Help' on Syria
Posted on 09/10/2013 8:11:57 AM PDT by GIdget2004
And so Adelson said it's time for Republicans to line up behind Obama, however they feel about him personally. "Whether we care or not about whether he loses credibility is not the issue," he said. "The issue is whether or not the United States of America loses credibility."
Adelson's olive branch even if it comes with a thorn or two was extended as the White House is struggling to round up support in Congress. Democrats are defecting and Republicans are unifying in opposition. On Monday, top administration officials delivered classified briefings to Congress, as Obama blitzed a half-dozen television networks with interviews. He follows up Tuesday with a national address from the Oval Office. More lawmakers have been coming out in opposition anyway.
"I wouldn't say I'm confident," Obama told NBC News on Monday of the vote-gathering efforts.
The Russian offer to have Syria forfeit its chemical arsenal -- which the Syrian government said it would accept Tuesday -- could avert the need to gather votes for military action (although already administration sources were reportedly expressing some skeptiscm about the potential deal).
But if the White House does reach out to Adelson "I'm hoping if they see my comments that support them in your publication," he says it would make for the most unusual marriage of political convenience. This, after all, is the man that Democrats set out to make the biggest GOP bogeyman in American politics last year, casting him as the unmatched symbol of a warped campaign finance system.
Adelson doesn't seem to care: "America has to back up their commander in chief."
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