President Obama Sets Primetime Speech on San Bernardino for Sunday

President Barack Obama is set to address the nation Sunday night regarding the shootings that took place in San Bernardino last Wednesday and killed 14 people — likely affecting regularly scheduled network programming in the process.

POTUS “will also discuss the broader threat of terrorism — including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it,” according to a statement at WhiteHouse.gov. “[The president will also] reiterate his firm conviction that ISIL will be destroyed and that the United States must draw upon our values — our unwavering commitment to justice, equality, and freedom — to prevail over terrorist groups that use violence to advance a destructive ideology.”

Potentially affected programs airing at 8/7c include:

Fox‘s Sunday lineup (starting with The Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will be pushed back 15 minutes, the expected length of Obama’s speech.

ABC‘s Sunday lineup (starting with Once Upon a Time‘s fall finale) will be pushed back 15 minutes, the expected length of Obama’s speech.

CBS will cut away from a two-hour 60 Minutes installment, which starts at 7 pm. NBC (Sunday Night Football kicks off at 8:30) has yet to announce any scheduling changes.

TVLine will update this URL with each network’s coverage plan/possible preemptions or delays, as they are determined.

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61 Comments
  1. zaria says:

    Good evening, Mr. Slezak! Could you please clarify the details on Once Upon a Time for me? If there is a 15 minute delay does that mean that the show will start @ 8:15 and run in its entirety, thus ending @ 9:15? Or does that mean that the show will start @ 8:15 and already be “in progress”, meaning we will join the show 15 minutes into it? Thank you in advance for your answer!

  2. Joe M says:

    No matter what he says, no matter what words he chooses, the haters will find something to hate. I wonder if these haters enjoyed the fact that 2 morons shot up the place, to give them a forum to bash the Pres. THAT is disgusting! They offer no solutions, just the same old rhetoric. If only they weren’t obvious racists!

    • Robby says:

      Want the Cliff Notes of the speech? Here they are. 1) It’s not radical Islam, it’s workplace violence. 2) The key to defeating this “workplace violence” is enacting climate change laws. 3) We need to ban all guns (2nd amendment be damned) knowing that if we do that, the criminals will still have guns but we can say we did something, even if it’s wrong.

      Yes, I do hate the president. No for race. Hell, even if he were as pale of WWE wrestler Shamus, I’d still hate him. It’s not his skin color, it’s how he simplistically sees the world. It is dangerous for the US.

      But if you feel comfort in calling me a racist, that’s on you.

      • Angela says:

        Nobody is suggesting banning all guns, but okay.

        • Daniel says:

          they are suggesting over riding the constitution. That is something no American should tolerate even being discussed.

          • Angela says:

            No, they are not. Not even close. Gun control does not equal taking everyone’s guns away.
            .
            And if we’re going to quote the Second Amendment, friendly reminder that the words “well-regulated” are in there. So even our founding fathers seemed to think there should be regulations on this stuff, if that phrase is anything to go by.
            .
            Australia has strict gun control. And yet somehow they’re not having mass shootings every other week. Hm. Funny, that.

          • peterwdawson says:

            You do realize ‘not tolerating discussion’ overrides the First Amendment, right?

          • Joe M says:

            “Over riding the constitution” If the Constitution is perfect, why have we continued to amend it numerous times? Seems to me if it needs to be fixed…….

      • Guest says:

        Robby, you’re my favorite person today!!

      • Okay says:

        Yes, and the planned parenthood shooting wasn’t radical Christianity, but “late-term abortions”, to quote some Tea Partiers.

      • Temperance says:

        Of course, that’s gibberish – thanks for the recap of the FOX propaganda for the week. I’m a fan of truth, myself, so let’s place the responsibility where it needs to go: on the party that is monolithic, does nothing these days but create division and war, and can forward candidates so awful they’re so busy hiding their pointy hoods that they forget to hide their utter incompetence and stupidity.

      • Bew says:

        Nah Robby, you are just ignorant!

      • MJ says:

        Robby… you nailed it.

      • Joe M says:

        Well Robby, you were wrong about numbers 1, 2, and 3. And you’re implying the previous buffoon that held the office was not a moron. If there is no mentality difference, then yes, sir, you are a racist!

      • Sally says:

        Robbie, you are incorrect on 1) I heard the President say that it was an act of terrorism; 2) nothing was said about climate change solving workplace violence; and 3) he has never said he wants to ban all guns. Lastly, I feel so sorry for you. With so much hate, you must be a very unhappy person. You have every right to disagree with Obama’s agenda, but I sure would not let hate send me to hell.

    • Phlarg says:

      Joe M, you’re going off topic! This is about our tv schedules, not your politics.

    • grazelled says:

      He’s going to blame us, the people of San Bernardino County in some way. I don’t want to hear how safe we are in the USA, I can see we aren’t with so many streets still closed off. Enough with the spinning to use a tragedy to further an agenda instead of being “Comforter in Chief” to the real victims. I’d much rather watch TV.

    • D says:

      lol it’s so funny that morons and idiots all use the “you’re racist” comment to explain the fact people don’t like Obama. it couldn’t be the fact that he’s inept, cowardly, tyrannical and just an all around liar. He’s going to do everything he can to make this look like just two people going on a killing rampage instead of 2 Islamic Terrorist inspired by the “JV terrorist” known as ISIS committing a horrible act of mass murder.

      • Angela says:

        Well, I’m watching the speech now and he’s actually NOT saying any of what you assume, he is indeed mentioning and acknowledging ISIS as a legit threat. So much for your theory.
        .
        Also, you need to look up what the word “tyrannical” means.

    • pitchfork peasant says:

      yet the left uses shootings like these to suit their agenda before the bodies are even cold. we wouldn’t use shootings to defend ourselves if we didn’t need to. that’s on the left

      • quang says:

        This whole “too soon” mentality of the right is a dishonest argument because there will be another shooting by the time the bodies are cold.

      • Angela says:

        Right after the terror attacks in Paris, Republican politicians were spouting off about how having more guns would’ve somehow helped in that tragedy. And after the Planned Parenthood shooting, Cruz was parroting some stupid rumor he’d heard about the killer being a “transgender leftist” and a politician in Colorado got on a big ol’ pro-life rant. Sounds like those people were promoting an agenda to me, how about you?
        .
        And if you think we should wait, then please tell me when the proper date is for us to have this discussion and I’ll pencil it in on my calendar. The fact that we keep waiting and kicking this discussion down the road is part of the reason this crap keeps happening.

  3. Al says:

    It will start at 8:15 (or whatever time the speech ends) – the entire epsiode will air according to Adam
    Horowitz on Twitter. So it’s just delayed but you shouldn’t miss anything

    • zaria says:

      Huge relief! Thank you, Al!

    • Guest says:

      15 minutes!!! LOL. This bozo will spend fifteen minutes talking about how awesome he is, and then transition to a politically correct speech where radical islam will not be criticized because heaven forbid we criticize a group of people who follow a religion that commands them to behead infidels or blow them to smithereens.

      And I so love that fact that if a person disagrees with another person’s ideology they are automatically labelled a “hater”. Gee whiz that sure doesn’t sound very tolerant to me.

      • Dude says:

        Not a hater, but if said critic of the idealogy belongs to a faith which ALSO commands bringing death to all non-believers (or does the Old Testament only apply to Christians when you need it to bash homosexuality and scientific theories?), they’re a LITTLE TEENSY BIT hypocritical.

    • dj says:

      Remember, all the news people will have to put their “two cents” in after the speech. That can take another 10 minutes

  4. Guest says:

    Much rather watch my Once than listen to that fool blame everything on guns and not people. Yes please mr. President take try to take away guns from the law abiding citizens while everyone already knows criminals will find a way to obtain firearms so all your doing is hurting the good guys by your hatred for guns. Like the saying goes. He can take my gun away by prying it from my cold dead hands. Might as well record once 30 mins after just to make sure I get it all. *le sigh*

    • Rob says:

      Fires will find a way to burn, doesn’t mean we need to add fuel to them. Have a good day!

    • Annie says:

      If you do not have anything to hide, why are you so afraid of tougher background checks that will help to keep guns and weapons of war and terror out of the hands of criminals?

      • Lyn says:

        The people killing each other on Chicago’s south side don’t buy guns legally, so they never have to sweat a background check. Wake up.

        • Z says:

          Most of these “mass shootings” that have occurred recently were people who bought guns legally… making it harder for them to do that may discourage these sort of events.

    • LADY_in_MD says:

      what about the mentally unstable man who shot and killed a 7 year old girl yesterday That man should not have been able to purchase a gun we need tougher laws simple as that stop blaming a religion when a lot of the mass shootings in this country have been done by young white males who should not have had any kind of access to guns who should have been on some sort of psychiatric treatment instead of in a movie theater or at an elementary school with a gun
      The Virginia tech shooter purchased the gun at a gun show with no checks tougher gun laws does not mean taking away your guns

  5. Diz says:

    What a joke. He has to preempt prime time programming just to try and get a handful of followers to listen to his BS.

    • Mak says:

      Yes of course..concern & worry about mass shootings that are only happening in your part of the world because of your stupid ancient gun laws is BS! What’s wrong with some of you Americans honestly..

      • Pat says:

        That’s what they are, ancient gun laws. The old excuse about how criminals will still get them is moronic too. There are criminals everywhere, yet with countries who have stricter gun laws, how many mass shooters have there been compared to America? Sad when the US has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s criminals locked up.

        • Angela says:

          Yeah, I always get a kick out of the “Criminals will still find a way to buy guns anyway, so why bother trying to tighten up our gun laws?” That’d be like saying, “People are going to find ways to steal and break into people’s homes and cars anyway, so why bother locking our doors or putting our valuables in safe places?” Or, “People are just going to murder and rape people anyway, so why bother making laws against that?”
          .
          Nobody is naïve enough to think all shootings will cease once we tighten our laws. But at the very least, if we see a decrease in mass shootings and other violent crime, that would be a good start. I don’t get how people don’t think at least TRYING to do something is a bad thing.

  6. Rick Katze says:

    Hopefully NBC will show the football game. People who want to listen to POTUS can watch it elsewhere after waiting a 1/2 hour or so for him to condescend to appear. He has a history of being late.

    • Angela says:

      Yeah, how dare we talk about something important like (yet another) mass shooting or a terrorist attack. People need to watch their football!

  7. Daniel says:

    so, another unconstitutional act coming soon?

  8. David4 says:

    I really hope he just calls out stupid people for being stupid. Our gun laws are so bad that terrorists can’t board a plan, but can buy 10,000 rounds of ammo.

  9. spdavid says:

    All I know is that is 15 minutes of my life that will be wasted and that I’ll never get back because nothing he says will have any real value.

  10. Mark says:

    The POTUS has the right to speak to the American people and this will be his third speech in the Oval Office. The other two times were between June 15, 2010, and Aug. 31, 2010, and he was talking about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and ending combat operations in Iraq. He usually likes the East Room to talk to the American people when some idiot or a bunch of them hurt fellow Americans.

    George W. Bush had six speeches, Future First Man, Bill Clinton had 12 speeches and Ronald Reagan had a whopping 15 behind the desk according to the Boston Globe. R.R might had up to 34 speeches in his office during his eight year reign as Commander in Chief.

    Just remember it might be a great time to freshen up or use the bathroom when Pres. Obama appears on the screen. Tune in or tune out!!

  11. Catherine says:

    #thingsiwontbetuninginfor

  12. lastfrontier84 says:

    So he waits days after it happens to make a statement on public television? The day of he was blaming Republicans and everyone else and spouting off about his gun control agenda. We hear him enough to know that he’ll just make up some excuse and not aknowledge that it’s radical Islamic extremists that he helped create. Nope. He’ll just blame Bush like he always does and the sheep will believe every word he says.

    • Z says:

      Well technically… Bush letting the assault weapons bill expire is actually partly to blame for this.

    • Angela says:

      Except he said absolutely none of that in the speech. Maybe try watching it first before making assumptions?
      .
      And he didn’t help create Islamic extremists? They’ve kind of been a thing since before he took office? 9/11 ring a bell? Yeah.

  13. Tracy says:

    Does anyone still bother listening to Obama? Obama is a liar and an incompetent! He’s weak on terror, intelligence, immigration…I can’t think of anything he’s strong on except using the teleprompter!

  14. Wil says:

    If you knew of this delay caused by president obama, you should have made adjustments for the recoding of the lineup!!!! I missed the end of Once Upon A Time and Quantico!!!! BOTH WERE SEASON FINALES!!!… and, in the end, obama didnt say anything!