UPDATE, 11:45 AM: Today co-host Savannah Guthrie will be sitting down at the White House today to talk Syria with President Barack Obama for NBC News. She’s stepping in for NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams who is unable to travel to Washington due to recent knee surgery, an NBCU spokesperson confirmed. This is the third time Guthrie has interviewed Obama and her first time directly for the nightly news. Williams is the only anchor of the Big 3 not to be interviewing Obama himself. ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’ Scott Pelley are all in DC for their sit-downs with Obama and helming their 6:30 PM broadcasts from there tonight. Randomly picked as is common in these circumstances, NBC will be the first of the broadcast and cable news networks to talk to Obama about potential military action against Syria at 12:55 PM today. Each interview will be 7 minutes long. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will go second followed by CBS’ Pelley, Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace, Sawyer and PBS’ Gwen Ifill. FNC and CNN plan to air their interviews with Obama at 6 PM ET when the agreed upon embargo ends as does PBS NewsHour.
PREVIOUSLY, SEPT. 7: As a Congressional vote on military action in Syria looms, you’ll be seeing a lot of President Barack Obama on TV next week.
The White House today said that the President would be sitting down for individual taped interviews on September 9 with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, NBC’s Brian Williams, CBS’ Scott Pelley as well as with Fox News‘ Chris Wallace and CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer and PBS. The back-to-back interviews will be taped on Monday afternoon at the White House and are set to run that night on the respective networks’ evening news shows. FNC has scheduled its Obama interview to air at 6PM ET on Special Report With Bret Baier. CNN’s interview will also air at 6 PM ET on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and will be simulcast on CNN International. In addition to the interviews, Obama has scheduled an address to the nation for September 10. A vote by the House and Senate on resolutions backing military action against the Assad regime over the alleged use of chemical weapons is expected in the middle of next week. Obama was supposed to be in Hollywood on September 9 for a $32,400 a ticket DNC fundraiser at Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman‘s house but that was postponed on September 5 because of the situation in the Middle East.
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