Tue May 1, 2012
President Obama in Afghanistan; Will Address U.S. This Evening
President Barack Obama is in Afghanistan. The visit comes one year after the president announced the death of Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the September 11th terrorist attacks from Afghanistan.
President Obama will address the American people live from Bargram Air Base tonight at 7:30 pm. WFPL will carry the speech live, with special coverage from NPR beginning at 7:00 pm. The speech is expected to last about ten minutes.
Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are expected to sign a ten page strategic partnership agreement pledging US support for Afghanistan for a decade after 2014, when Nato forces are planning to conclude their combat role. The signing ceremony with the two presidents should paint a tableau of solidarity for an Afghan US relationship that has been stormy and at time fractious during the three years of Obama's presidency.