Obama to speak on terror attack, Iran at 3 p.m.
By Anne E. Kornblut
HONOLULU -- President Obama, out of sight since an attempted attack on an airliner en route to Detroit last Friday, will make a statement about the incident at 3 p.m. Eastern, his aides said.
"He will describe the immediate steps the government has taken to ensure the safety of the traveling public. He will detail the two reviews he has ordered on the watch-list and on our detection capabilities because he believes it is critical we learn from this incident and take the necessary measures to prevent future acts of terrorism," spokesman Bill Burton said. "And he will reference the fact that we need to keep up the pressure on those who would attack our country."
Obama will also discuss the recent violence in Iran, aides said.
Some critics have questioned whether it has been wise for the president not to play a visible role in the wake of an incident that the administration itself has characterized as attempted terrorism. Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, was often criticized for spending weeks vacationing at his Texas ranch.
The trip is Obama's first as president back to Hawaii, where he grew up, and began a day late because of the Senate vote on health care.
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December 28, 2009; 2:44 PM ET
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