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Locals with Syrian ties react to Presidential address


ALBANY, N.Y. -- As President Obama addressed the American people Tuesday, he was talking directly to families like Whaid Albert's, who sat and listened to every word the president had to say.

The speech was a very important one for Albert and his wife, they say many of their immediate family and entire extended family still live in Syria.

"Call ‘em everyday just to hear their voice," said Aida Albert.

As the president painted a gruesome picture of how chemical weapons were used, he also blamed President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the attacks, something Wahid's family wants to see more proof on before America commits to a military strike.

The idea of a military strike, even a limited one, worries Albert.

"He can start it, but he cannot finish it," he said.

The president's speech Tuesday night came on the heels of asking lawmakers in Congress to delay a vote on a military strike in Syria, which gives the Albert's hope for a more diplomatic solution.

"I think he wants Congress to pass this and he doesn't have the votes," he said.

Albert believes this will buy the president time as he considers Russia's route as well to have Syria put their chemical weapons under international control

As they watched closely, they were hoping the president would speak more about solutions instead of making his case for a limited military strike on the same soil most of their family still lives.

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