President Obama Gives Rare Oval Office Address

By Chris Ariens 

In the midst of a full slate of NFL games, President Obama will address the nation tonight. “He will provide an update on the ongoing investigation into the tragic attack in San Bernardino. He will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism — including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it,” the White House announced last night.

The president’s Oval Office remarks will begin at 8:01 p.m. ET, as Fox’s coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots game wraps up, and as NBC gears up for the Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.

CBS’s Scott Pelley will anchor from Washington, D.C. just as 60 Minutes finishes its broadcast. George Stephanopoulos will anchor a special report for ABC with Jon Karl from the White House. On NBC, Lester Holt will anchor from Los Angeles, joined by Chuck Todd at the White House.

Fox News’ Bret Baier will be in to anchor a special edition of Special Report beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET – 9 p.m. FNC contributors Charles Krauthammer, Steve Hayes, AB Stoddard and Juan Williams will participate. FBN will simulcast.

CNN’s airing of its annual CNN Heroes special will be pushed back an hour to 9 p.m. ET due to the president’s remarks. CNN’s coverage, anchored by Wolf Blitzer, begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Chris Matthews anchors on MSNBC with Chris Jansing reporting from San Bernardino.

Katie Couric will anchor coverage on Yahoo beginning at 7:45 p.m.

This is a rare Oval Office address for the president. Just his third, reports CBS’s White House correspondent Mark Knoller. The only other Sunday night address was on May 1, 2011 announcing the killing of Osama Bin Laden.