University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato says the president is making a wise decision to get Congress' blessing before authorizing military action in Syria.
Sabato says Saturday's announcement comes as a surprise since President Obama intended to execute unilateral military action. Sabato believes the commander-in-chief started to rethink his plans after the British House of Commons voted against a move into Syria.
"What the president has done, in my view, is a very wise thing. We learned after Vietnam and I think also after Iraq that if you're going to have a successful military incursion abroad, you need the support of the Congress and the public. Right now the president has neither," Sabato said.
Sabato emphasizes Obama's decision forces the administration to make a stronger case to Congress for military action in Syria.