Barack Obama talks Syria - Editor's Choice - Picture of the Day - August 31, 2013
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In this image released by The White House, U.S. President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, Republican from Ohio, on August 31, 2013, as Vice President Joe Biden listens. Obama said on August 31 he will ask the U.S. Congress to authorize military action against Syria, lifting the threat of immediate strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Obama said he had decided he would go ahead and launch military action on Syria, but he believed it was important for American democracy to win the support of lawmakers.