For the first time ever, President Obama finally uttered the acronym everyone else has always used to refer to the Islamic State, “ISIS.”
It took long enough.
The president began the year-end presser with “Clearly this is not the most important event that’s taking place in the White House today,” referring to a special screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
After boasting about his 2015 achievements (such as dealing with same-sex marriage and climate change), he crowed, “We’re gonna defeat ISIS,” using the term everyone else has called the terror group for years.
For years, the White House only referred to the Islamic radicals as “ISIL,” which means the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, instead of referencing Syria, where the group has amassed a huge amount of territory.
And then, pressed for time, he was off to defeat his next enemy: the villains from a galaxy far, far away. “OK, everybody, I’ve got to get to Star Wars,” he told reporters.
Watch the press conference below.