President Obama doesn't enjoy politics or governing, but he sure likes to give a speech. In the last few years he has tried to use speeches to sell policies or address crises, and he has been criticized for this habit time after time.
But facing the strong opposition to a military strike in Syria, Obama is now being told by Republicans and Democrats alike that he needs to address the nation. With days left before Congress votes on a resolution to authorize military force in Syria, short of another chemical attack there, a speech may be the only way Obama can change enough minds.
The American people don't support strikes, so a majority of their representatives in Congress don't either. But if Obama has a case to make, he is running out of time to make it. Making the case won't be easy for Obama, who wouldn't have trapped himself if he wasn't so conflicted.