The next day, he will make a critical address to the nation making his case for military involvement abroad.
The White House has also deployed Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to make its case on five Sunday political talk shows.
Obama has acknowledged that it will be a “heavy lift” to convince members of Congress and the Americans they represent that it is in the country’s national interest to respond militarily to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons.
The president and his national security team have maintained that there would be no “boots on the ground” in Syria, and that any military mission would be “limited and proportionate” to the use of chemical weapons, which the world has largely condemned.
But many lawmakers – and their constituents – are skeptical of the need for the U.S. to get involved.
The proposition has faced an especially uphill battle in the Republican-controlled House, where more than 130 lawmakers have seemed to oppose the plan, according to The Hill’s Whip List.
Legislators have reported that their constituents are weary of another far-off military campaign after a decade of war in Afghanistan and years in Iraq.
The Senate could vote on whether to authorize the use of military force this coming week, after a resolution cleared the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. The House will likely hold a vote after that.