He was scheduled to start at 9:15 a.m. our time but has not stepped up to the mic yet. You can watch here:

KUOW says they'll carry audio live; you can listen here.

UPDATE 10 A.M.: This was a pretty tame statement. First, addressing the situation in Iraq, he said the military carried out a humanitarian mission to aid Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar "almost flawlessly," and said he doesn't expect there will be a need for much additional intervention. He said he spoke with Iraqi prime minster designate Haider Abadi a few days ago, and feels "modestly hopeful that the Iraqi government situation is moving in the right direction."

Then the president turned to events in Ferguson, Missouri. He reported that he's "received a thorough update [on the situation] from Attorney General Eric Holder," and has asked the Department of Justice and the FBI to independently investigate the death of Michael Brown (news that's already been out there for a while). "The DOJ," he said, "is consulting with local authorities about ways they can maintain public safety without restricting the right to peaceful protest." He just spoke with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, he added, who will be traveling to Ferguson today. Nixon's "a good man and a fine governor," he said.

"It's important to remember how this started," he went on. "We lost a young man in heartbreaking and tragic circumstances... His family will never hold him in their arms again." He urged an "open and transparent process" to see that "justice is done."

Interestingly, on Twitter, the White House feed sent out only a couple quotes, mostly seeming sympathetic to protesters and journalists on the ground, like "In the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are trying to do their jobs." But in his speech, he also emphasized that "there is never an excuse for violence against police, or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for looting or vandalism."

He stopped far short of calling out the general actions of police in Ferguson—who have been rolling the streets in armored vehicles, pointing weapons at protesters and journalists, and tear-gassing a whole neighborhood—as unacceptable. Which is, to put it mildly, extremely disappointing.