NBC's Lauer Hopes for Obama 'Escape Hatch' on Syria, So He Can 'Save Face Politically'

September 9, 2013 - 11:03 AM
NBC's Lauer Hopes for Obama 'Escape Hatch' on Syria, So He Can 'Save Face Politically'

On Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd engaged in a strategy session over how President Obama could minimize any political damage from Congress voting down a strike on Syria. Lauer fretted: "Is there an escape hatch for the President? Is there a way for him to save face politically if this vote goes against him?"

Lauer's concerned was prompted by Todd observing: "[The White House is] very concerned, Matt, because it's not just that they believe they need Congress on this and they want to punish Assad and all of the Syria policy, but they realize a loss like this could be politically crippling to him [Obama] all over Washington on all the different battles that he's got coming in the next six months."