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Updated: Thursday, September 12 2013, 03:30 PM CDT
President Obama is back home this morning after a G20 summit in Russia that wasn't supposed to have anything to do with Syria. But the crisis in the mideast overshadowed the meeting. And the president didn't get much satisfaction from U.S. allies or from the home front.
President Obama was surrounded by other heads of state at the St. Petersburg summit. But when it came to a strike on Syria -- he stood nearly alone.
Only France has agreed to join forces with the U.S. And the president faces a similar lack of enthusiasm at home.
"There's no question what's coming in is overwhelmingly negative," said Sen. Diane Feinstein.
Lawmakers from both parties say voters are deeply skeptical.
"Does Iran do something? Does Russia do something? We're not sure," said Rep. Elijah Cummings.
Last night, ABC news counted 217 house members who said they opposed military action or likely would -- that number is now up to 225.
The president will take his case personally to the American people in a White House address Tuesday night.
"It's conceivable that, at the end of the day, I don't persuade a majority of the American people that it's the right thing to do. And then each member of congress is going to have to decide if I think it's the right thing to do," Obama said.
Abc's Jonathan Karl asked: "What if congress says no?"
Obama: "... You're not getting a direct response."
Karl: Well, it's a pretty basic question.
Obama: I think we will be more effective and stronger if in fact congress authorizes this action.
Another red flag came from the president's host. Russian president Vladimir Putin was asked what he would do if the U.S. attacks.
"Will we help Syria? We will," he said.