President Obama got serious during an interview on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" speaking publicly for the first time about the current terror threat.
The President ordered the closure of almost two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world this past weekend. 19 of them will remain shut down until Saturday. Obama said the significance of the threats warrants the precautions.
"This radical, violent extremism is still out there. And we've got to stay on top of it," President Obama said.
On Tuesday, the U.S., France, and Britain evacuated their workers from embassies in Yemen because of what one official called a "specific and immediate threat."
The U.S. government continues to target alleged members of Al-Qaida as it deals with this latest threat. A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four men Tuesday. It was the fourth attack in two weeks.
A renewed focus on security at diplomatic posts overseas surfaced following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in those attacks.
Federal prosecutors have now filed sealed charges against some of those linked to the attack including a Libyan militia leader.