While discussing issues related to the Syrian conflict, U.S. President Obama is interrupted by a medical emergency during his news conference. ''We can get our doctors back there to help out,'' said Obama. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Barack Obama on Friday (December 16) defended the U.S. approach toward the civil war in Syria, saying he understood the desire for action to end the conflict but it would have been impossible to do "on the cheap" without a full U.S. military intervention. "Unless we were all in and willing to take over Syria, we were going to have problems," Obama told a news conference, noting that it would have required "putting large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground, uninvited, without any international law mandate." Obama's comments were interrupted by a medical emergency near the back of the White House briefing room. "We can get our doctors back there to help out," Obama said, as a person was helped to her feet.