DURATION: 1:33

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SHOTLIST:

POOL -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

Washington -- September 10, 2013

1. President Barack Obama walks past cameras on Capitol Hill

US OFFICIAL HANDOUT -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

Various Syria -- August 21, 2013

2. Victims of chemical attack

ABC NEWS -- COURTESY

Washington -- September 9, 2013

3. Two shot Obama and Diane Sawyer

4. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama

AP -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

New York

5. FILE: Exteriors of U. N.

SYRIAN STATE TV -- NO ACCESS SYRIA

6. FILE: Bashar Assad

POOL -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

Washington -- September 10, 2013

7. Side shot of officials at witness table

8. SOUNDBITE: Chuck Hagel, Defense Secretary

9. SOUNDBITE: John Kerry, Secretary of State

10. SOUNDBITE: Sen. Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader

11. Obama walking halls of Capitol

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

(Obama goes to Hill)

HOURS BEFORE A SPEECH TO THE NATION ON SYRIA, PRESIDENT OBAMA WENT TO CAPITOL HILL TO PLEAD WITH SKEPTICAL SENATORS FOR BACKING.

(B-roll chemical attack)

BUT A SURPRISE PLAN FOR SYRIA TO SURRENDER THE ARMS ALLEGEDLY BEHIND THIS HORRIFIC ATTACK HAS CHANGED EVERYTHING.

(To Obama Sawyer interview)

A MILITARY STRIKE TO ENFORCE THE GLOBAL BAN ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS IS NOW ON HOLD.

SOUNDBITE: (English) President Obama (wtn from 9-9 - 18:31:45)

"If we can do that without a military strike that is overwhelmingly my preference."

(UN B-roll from today, or FILE footage)

YET WHILE U. N. DIPLOMATS EXPLORED THE RUSSIAN-SPONSORED PLAN, THE U. S. HARBORED HUGE DOUBTS ...

(FILE Bashar Assad)

... NOTING BASHAR ASSAD HAS DENIED FOR YEARS EVEN HAVING A CHEMICAL STOCKPILE.

SOUNDBITE: (English) House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio (10:21)

'I'm skeptical of it because of the actors that are involved.''

(To Senate Armed Services hearing)

THE ADMINISTRATION ARGUES CONGRESS SHOULD STILL BACK MILITARY STRIKES -- TO ENSURE SYRIAN COMPLIANCE.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (wdc armed services witness - 10:31:48)

"And for this diplomatic option to have a chance of succeeding, the threat of U. S. military action must continue to be very real and credible.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Secretary of State John Kerry (wdc armed services witness - 10:45:00)

"The use of force absolutely should not be off the table."

(To McConnell)

YET OBAMA'S HOPES IN CONGRESS SUFFERED A MAJOR BLOW WHEN THE SENATE'S TOP REPUBLICAN BALKED.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, R-Ky.

"A vital national security risk is clearly not at play, there are just too many unanswered questions about our long-term strategy in Syria."

(Motorcade or other B-roll Obama)

WHICH LEFT OBAMA TWISTING ARMS ON A VOTE HE LOOKS EVER MORE LIKELY TO LOSE -- IN SUPPORT OF MILITARY MOVES HE MAY NEVER TAKE.

SIG-OUT: Mark Smith, Associated Press, White House

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