Sept. 4 - President Barack Obama says despite previous roadblocks by Russia in attempts to sanction Syria he remains hopeful to change President Vladimir Putin's position. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the credibility of the U.S. Congress was on the line in the need to uphold a ban on chemical weapons and to respond to Syria's chemical weapons attack. "My credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line," Obama told a news conference in Sweden. "America and Congress' credibility is on the line, because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important." He also hoped that Russian President Vladimir Putin would change his position on Syria. "Do I hold out hope that Mr. Putin may change his position on some of these issues? I'm always hopeful, and I will continue to engage him," Obama said. Obama added that he had made appeals directly to Putin on Syria, but so far the Russian President has resisted efforts to allow UN Security Council action.