President Barack Obama had long planned to be in Falls Church, Virginia today, to thank say farewell to outgoing Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, but his appearance went from a standard ceremonial one to that of a newsworthy foreign affairs moment. After welcoming other dignitaries in attendance, Obama opened with comments on the recent killing of U.S. born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki.
Obama said “The death of al- Awlak is a major blow to al Qaeda’s most active operational affiliate,” before adding that he was “a was the leader of external operations for al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula, before explaining his active role in plans to kill American citizens.”
Watch the clip below, courtesy of Fox News:
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