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Analysts say the stakes are high for President Obama's Speech

What can viewers expect tonight?
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--All eyes are likely to be on President Obama Tuesday as he gets ready to deliver his speech on Syria.

“The stakes are very high both domestically and internationally,” said Katia Levintova, An Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at UW-Green Bay.

In an interview with CBS’ Scott Pelley Monday, the President outlined his reasoning behind a military strike—stressing the significance of chemical weapons.


“When we see images of 400-plus children being slaughtered without a mark on their body through these weapons-- I think it is important for the international community and the United States to stand up and say, "This cannot happen,” said President Obama.


But in a recent twist, Syria agreed to hand over its chemical weapons to Russia Tuesday, something analysts say will make the president’s argument to take action even harder.


“We might be in for some surprises tonight given these new Russian proposals,” said Levintova.


A recent CNN poll shows the president’s foreign policy approval rating has dropped to an all time low of 40-percent. 


Levintova said, “He needs to again appeal to the human rights violations if he needs to convince the American public.  He also needs to tell us he’s exhausted all other avenues. 

With the anniversary of September 11th tomorrow she tells Local 5 News the President will need to placate to the public’s emotions while coming off as a strong world leader to foreign leaders.

“Regardless of what happens, there will be people who are disappointed domestically and internationally and people who will applaud his decision,” Levintova said.


The President is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. CT.

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