President Obama tried to reassure nervous Americans on Wednesday that the nation’s security services were ready for anything terrorists might throw at them.
Speaking on the eve of Thanksgiving, Obama said law enforcement officials have received no credible reports of “a plot on the homeland” like the horrific Nov. 13 massacre in Paris.
“All of us recognize how horrific and heinous what took place in Paris was,” Obama said. “I know families have discussed the fear of the threat of terrorism around the dinner table, many for the first time since 9/11.”
But, Obama said, “we are taking every precaution to keep our homeland safe.”
“I want the American people to know, entering the holidays, that the combined resources of the military, intelligence and homeland security are on the case,” he said. “They’re vigilant, relentless and effective.”
Obama urged Americans to “go about usual Thanksgiving weekend activities … spending time with family and friends and celebrating our blessings.”
“The threat of terrorism is a troubling reality, but we’re equipped to prevent attacks and resilient,” he said. “And that’s something we can all be thankful for.”
Obama spoke after a closed-door meeting in the Situation Room with Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson, FBI chief James Comey, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and other members of his national security team.
The White House said the president reviewed efforts to monitor threats and evaluate security procedures heading into the busy holiday travel season.