In a rare address from the Oval Office Sunday night, President Obama addressed the nation on the San Bernardino massacre and growing threat of terrorism from the Islamic State. Speaking from a podium, the president said the United States will prevail against ISIS by "being strong and smart."
The president acknowledged terrorism is real and we will overcome it, but insisted the ensuing battle is not a war between America and Islam. Obama noted the "vast majority" of terrorism victims are Muslims themselves.
"We cannot turn against one another," Obama said. "Letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam that to is what groups like ISIS want."
"ISIL does not speak for Islam," President Obama stated. "They are a part of a cult of death. And they account for a tiny fraction of 1 billion Muslims around the world. Including millions of patriotic Muslim Americans who reject their hateful ideology."
"The vast majority of victims around the world are Muslim. If we are to succeed in defeating terrorism, we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies rather than push them away due to suspicion and hate," Obama said.