Obama Tells Americans Not To Panic About Terrorism Heading Into Holidays

Enjoy your turkey and awkward family gatherings.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that there's no credible terrorist threat to the United States, despite the recent attacks in Paris, and reassured people to go about their regular business during the holidays.

"I know that Americans have been asking each other whether it's safe here, whether it's safe to fly or gather. I know that families have discussed fears about the threat of terrorism around the dinner table," Obama said during remarks at the White House.

"Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland," the president continued. "That is based on the latest information I just received in the Situation Room."

Obama said his administration is "taking every step possible" to keep the homeland safe. That includes going after the self-described Islamic State on its home turf in Syria and Iraq. A U.S.-led coalition has already conducted more than 8,000 air strikes on the militant group's strongholds and equipment. The U.S. has also beefed up its aviation security, border security and information sharing in recent years, he noted.


"So as Americans travel this weekend to be with their loved ones, I want them to know that our counterterrorism, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals at every level are working overtime," Obama said. "They serve every hour of every day for the sake of our security. They did so before Paris and they do so now, without fanfare or credit and without a break for the holidays."

In the event that there is a real threat, the public will be informed, he added.

"But otherwise, Americans should go about their usual Thanksgiving activities," Obama said. "Spending time with families and friends, and celebrating our blessings."

The president's remarks came just after a meeting with his national security team in the Situation Room. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson were among those who joined Obama for his remarks.

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