Syria debate hits close to home for Obama; wife Michelle not in favour of war
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Barack Obama's soul searching about possible military force against Syria has included consultation not only with international allies and Congress but perhaps his most important sounding board - his family.
The disclosure came out of a series of television interviews that Mr Obama gave on Monday in which he welcomed a Russian diplomatic offer as a potential breakthrough that could head off a US military strike against Syria in response to an Aug 21 chemical weapons attack.
Mr Obama suggested he had discussed Syria with wife Michelle and other family members.
Mr Obama, asked in a PBS interview whether it was possible to change Americans' minds about use of force, said he was not sure that "we're ever going to get a majority of the American people"because of weariness of war. Majorities of Americans have told pollsters they oppose action.