The recent acts of terror have both sides of the political party at odds over several issues.
Most in the forefront is the issue of gun control.
The president delivered a passionate vow to "destroy" ISIS in a strong yet well-thought out strategy that is also aligned with the nation's values.
However at a time when reassurance is craved, the president did not announce some big overhaul of a policy that many say is needed to make a marked difference against terrorism.
Tonight when President Obama addressed the nation, the foundation was "just trust us."
"The treat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it, we will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tried to harm us," said President Obama.
His message comes in the wake of the most recent act of terrorism in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead and dozens of other injured.
Local Political Professor Daniel Rothenberg says the president made several key points in his speech, many of them in response to the most recent attack.
"He wants a review of the Visa Waiver program… sounds fairly reasonable the system through which folks from European countries can enter the United States without having to apply for a visa," Rosenberg said.
Also addressing not allowing those on the no fly list to purchase weapons, ban on access to assault weapons, and stressed not having a response based on fear.
"One thing that he didn't mention that I think would have been useful to mention is that it would be appropriate for us to look at the present and try to reflect on moments of the past so to the degree that the Japanese internment camps were a response to a very legitimate fear and attack we don't look back at that moment and say that was the right decision and appropriate response, just the opposite."
The president closed his address with a call for unity and patriotism, and not to give into fear by going against the grain of the moral fabric of America.