The Presidential Planner: Death of Anwar al-Awlaki

Sep 30, 2011 9:05am

With the news overnight that terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed, it’s likely the president will address his death publicly at some point today, although the White House has yet to announce any schedule changes.

 U.S. officials had been targeting al-Awlaki for months and initially thought they might kill him on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 

Obama is scheduled to speak this morning at 11 a.m. ET at the “Change of Office” ceremony for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Fort Myer Army post in Arlington, Va.  Adm. Mike Mullen is retiring after serving four years as chairman, giving way to Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will become the 18th chairman. 

The president will later be interviewed live by Philadelphia talk-show host Michael Smerconish. 

Obama will attend a campaign fundraiser this evening at a private residence in Washington, D.C.

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