Obama plunges into high-stakes week on Syria

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Obama plunges into high-stakes week on SyriaPresident Barack arrives on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Washington. Beset by divisions at home and abroad, Obama candidly acknowledged deep challenges Friday in pursuing support for a military strike against Syria from international allies and the U.S. Congress. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back on American soil, President Barack Obama is plunging into a frenetic, high-stakes week of selling a skeptical Congress on a military strike ahead of a critical vote on Syria.

For a president not known for investing heavily in consultations with Capitol Hill, the coming days represent one of the most intense periods of congressional outreach in his presidency.

Obama seeks to salvage a policy whose fate he’s placed in lawmakers’ hands, planning for himself and for aides a flurry of speeches, phone calls, briefings and personal visits to Democrats and Republicans alike.

The lobbying campaign culminates Tuesday, the evening before a key vote is expected in the Senate, when Obama will address the nation from the White House to make his case.

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