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President Obama's Oval Office address on Iraq

Updated at 9:47 p.m. ET

Watch the President's address:

Full Coverage:
- Transcript: The president's full remarks
- Transcript of live chat with The Fix's Chris Cillizza, Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez
- Obama's speech is no 'victory lap'
- Biden meets with top officials in Iraq

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White House officials said Obama's speech, scheduled to last 15 to 20 minutes, would acknowledge this week's deadline as a "milestone" and pay tribute to the 1.5 million Americans who have served in Iraq since 2003. Obama will address shifting U.S. options now that the country is no longer technically at war in Iraq, including a greater emphasis on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Speaking with troops in a Ft. Bliss dining hall earlier in the day, Obama said there is still much work to be done before Iraq can be an effective partner. But he thanked the troops for their "extraordinary service" there, helping create a "better future" for Iraq.

"To all of you and to your families, I want to express my deepest gratitude ... but also I just want to say thank you on behalf of the country because without you we couldn't enjoy the freedoms and the security that are so precious."

After speaking, the president said he wanted to shake everyone's hand personally, and made the rounds.

"I want all of you to know that I'm thinking about you each and every day," he concluded.

Texas Governor Rick Perry requested a meeting with Obama, but he was rebuffed. The White House offered to set up a meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Perry declined.

The Oval Office got a bit of a makeover in advance of the event -- there's new wallpaper, a new rug, new chairs and a new coffee table.

House Minority Leader John Boehner gave a "prebuttal" ahead of Obama's address, speaking to about 10,000 people Tuesday afternoon at the 92nd American Legion National Convention in Milwaukee.

He went after those who criticized the surge but thanked Obama for setting aside the "rhetoric."

The Associated Press reports that there are two words the president will not use: "Mission accomplished."

"You won't hear those words coming from us," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said. Instead, Gibbs said, Obama will talk about what is involved in the U.S. troop drawdown and the changing mission in Iraq.

Obama did call former President Bush before the speech, as he did last year before announcing his plan for withdrawing troops. Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said the call to Bush lasted a few minutes. But he added that it was a "private conversation" and no details would be provided.

Dan Balz will be online at 8:30 p.m. to discuss the speech.

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What I never understood was why didn't Bill Clinton, who was out of office for 8 months and had seen all the intelligence and who said publicly the Sadamn had weapons and needed to be taken down, why didn't he tell Hillary to vote against the Iraq war vote and altho she might be unpopular for a few months would come out looking great when no weapons were found. She would not have had to do a Biden, Edwards redo to save face with their party..... That vote probably cost Hillary the primary and the election...Perhaps Bill didn't want her to win...

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | September 1, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I missed this speech because the teabagger media didn't tell me about it in time. I hate teabaggers.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 1, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I missed this speech because the teabagger media didn't tell me about it in time. I hate teabaggers.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 1, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama then added, "OK, the bipartisan federal government blew up several countries, killed and maimed people on all sides, still holds political prisoners without trials, bankrupted our country, rewarded failure and funded our agenda with money borrowed in your names, printed tons of fiat currency which devalued your savings, but hey, nobody is perfect...Oh yeah, and no one will be held accountable.... Now it's time to turn the page."

Unacceptable.

Posted by: x32792 | September 1, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama then added, "OK, the bipartisan federal government blew up several countries, killed and maimed people on all sides, still holds political prisoners without trials, bankrupted our country, rewarded failure and funded our agenda with money borrowed in your names, printed tons of fiat currency which devalued your savings, but hey, nobody is perfect...Oh yeah, and no one will be held accountable.... No it's time to turn the page."

Unacceptable.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou259 | September 1, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Well what do you know..."peace in our time" announced by the guy who was against the incursion and surge. Chamberlain would be proud. Get the helicopters on to the top of the US Embassy in a year.

Posted by: BigMike60 | September 1, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: freighter | September 1, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

I also think Democratic opposition to the surge was hypocritical in the extreme. After criticizing the Bush administration for years for not sending enough troops to do the job, the moment Bush caved and basically said "You're right", the Dems cried "escalation", hoping to conjure the ghost of Vietnam - as though it wasn't walking and raging already through Baghdad and Tikrit. The last thing they wanted was for Bush to be right about anything. W had accommodated them for so long by being wrong on almost everything they just took it for granted that he'd continue, and weren't ready for him to do something that made sense - that they'd ASKED him to do. After that they, not the Rethugs, became the party of no.

I have been a Democrat all my adult life. I still think they're by and large better than the Republicans at running the country (which isn't saying much). But they're no better than the Republicans when it comes to saying one thing just because your opponents say another. Both parties are pushing Americans perilously close to giving up on our whole system of government. The Declaration says any government that doesn't provide for the basic needs of its people can, rightfully, be abolished. That day may come, and if it does I pray it happens peacefully. But isn't it ironic how our own government, by outlawing advocating its violent overthrow, implicitly calls its own birth illegitimate?

Posted by: treetopflyer | August 31, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Our Troops did a fantastic jobs and deserve every bit of help needed even through unspent stimulus money.
They not only had to fight the terrorists but the liberal media of collusion and the many Democrats in Washington who gave the terrorists sound bit support throughout the war.


“On January 10, 2007, the night the surge was announced, Obama declared, "I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq are going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse

*Kerry trashed the troops…”Kerry then told the students that if they were able to navigate the education system, they could get comfortable jobs – “If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq,”

*Harry “The Iraq war is lost” Reid: Republicans need to stop rooting for failure

*Durbin accuses our troops of running a Nazi death camp.

*Murtha convicts troops at Haditha even before a trial.
BTW, they were all released after an investigation..

"General Betray Us", from the Obama supporters at move on

* “The blabbermouths at the NY Times chose to disclose classified information in a pathetically obvious bid to move the Iraqi elections off the front pages, “ And to help sabotage the Patriot Act reauthorization.” The Patriot Act was designed to keep up with technology to monitor disposable cell phones used by terrorists at a time when the existence of America was in jeopardy and it had a sunset clause

Yes, it's time for a change alright...

Posted by: jblast2000 | August 31, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

how many allah akbars did the obama say after announcing our retreat?

Posted by: carlbatey | August 31, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

It is a sort of relief when Present announced the end of Iraqcombat war. Congratuations to my fellow Americans aswell as our well as our brave soldiers in the war front lines. May this lessonprohibitly expensive lession soon becomes a history and will never repeat again.

Posted by: yylin | August 31, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

George W. Bush was the REAL Alfred E. Newman look-a-like and act-alike.

Posted by: putdepuckindenet | August 31, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

It is a sort of relief when Present announced the end of Iraqcombat war. Congratuations to my fellow Americans aswell as our well as our brave soldiers in the war front lines. May this lessonprohibitly expensive lession soon becomes a history and will never repeat again.

Posted by: yylin | August 31, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

So he didn't thank Bush for "The Surge". Big deal. It costs alot of lives over the last years of this war.

Iraqi soldiers are taking the lead and we are there to advise and assist.
It is about time the reigns were handed over. We trained them. Hopefully they will hold up and not get infiltrated.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | August 31, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Democrats just can't stand on their own two feet. Obama just did a complete impersonation of George W Bush. He even had that famous Bush "Deer Caught in the Headlights" look.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 31, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

One more Republican mess cleaned up by Obama.

Posted by: glenglish | August 31, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.

http://projects.publicintegrity.org/WarCard/

http://themoderatevoice.com/38708/did-the-cia-lie-to-congress/

Obama should have called out the GOP liars, neocons, George Bush and the chickenhawks for what they have done to America, but I'm glad he's getting us out of that useless, phony war!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | August 31, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

One more Republican mess cleaned up by Obama.

Posted by: glenglish | August 31, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Democrats will be losing in November, because they are trying too hard to be Republicans, so voters will go for the real thing at the urging of Democrats.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 31, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

After reading the comments, one can only conclude that some people will never turn the page..., they can't get passed, "See Spot, See Spot run. Run Spot run!"

Posted by: AverageJane | August 31, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

After reading the comments, one can only conclude that some people will never turn the page..., they can't get passed, "See Spot, See Spot run. Run Spot run!"

Posted by: AverageJane | August 31, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's speech was a heartfelt appreciation to all who fought in the unwarranted war.
The 4000 plus that died, the thousands upon thousands wounded deserve so much credit and praise. Do think he was more gracious to Bush than he deserved.
The dedicated fighting men and women put their lives on the line for our United States of America to remain a great country. Am sure when they return they will be astounded by the hatred, intolerance, discrimination, racism, hypocrasy, bigotry that has emerged. What a welcoming home that is.

Posted by: kathlenec | August 31, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Here is what I didn’t hear, “The troops are coming home.”

Instead what I did hear was “the combat mission is over,” “we will be fully out by the end of next year,” “We will now concentrate on Afghanistan,” ”I have ordered more troops for Afghanistan.”

We already have 240,000 troops in Afghanistan which was announced 3 weeks ago “3 months ahead of schedule.” Are we now moving the nearly 100,000 troops that were stationed in Iraq to Afghanistan? And then adding even more on top of that???

He is going to have to try a hell of a lot harder than this to win the “programmed” public opinion back.

Posted by: ImUnplugged | August 31, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: sheostrade0102 | August 31, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

oh, so you don't want the President thanking our troops the way he did.

This whole speech was to keep us informed but most it was for the families of troops, the troops served, and the troops who died.

I'd keep the insults down a bit. It was historic.
You know....historic speech..

Operation Iraqi Freedom of 7 years ago is OVER. Operation New Dawn begins.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | August 31, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

why all the constant reposts folks?

and if you do the same fast forward on any Bush's speeches, you would get the same bobblehead. All PResidents stay a bit rigid behind the desk.

Word has it that there's a foot massager under the desk to release tension of giving an oval office speech. Ever since Gerald Ford. Don't know if all presidents have one under it though.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | August 31, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I missed the speech, so I did a fast rewind at 4 times the speed. I was SHOCKED!

obama didn't move from the neck down - for the full 19 minutes!!! As I fast forwarded and rewound fast, he was a Bobblehead!

too funny. Everyone was laughing so hard.

If you have Verizon Fios, you can still see it. Just rewind and fast forward, and you, too, with be laughing.

hey everyone? Did you love the praise for Bush out of obamma's mouth? ha ha ha ha ha ha

Posted by: dskiff | August 31, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

After this (see the following link)- http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/05/01/sprj.irq.main/index.html - and this (read the following link)- http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/05/01/sprj.irq.main/index.html - and this (read the following link)- http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2004/06/16_diplomats-military-commanders.htm

Thank you, President Obama, for being a President with intelligence, substance, and leadership in the face of great adversity. And thank you for showing honor to your commitment and strength of purpose in bringing thousands back home from Iraq.

Posted by: redjanuko | August 31, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama is George W. Bush II! YUK!

He needs to close down the operation in these two sewers, get out, and come home fast. The trillions we have spent through defense, justice, outrigt expenditures, and state dept to carry on this war non-sense could have bailed out every homeowner in the US.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 31, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

B.S. and more B.S.
He was wooden and trained on the teleprompter. He couldn't wait to get past the obligatory "war" speech so he could get on with his favorite crap.
This man needs to be removed from office ASAP.

Posted by: sandynh | August 31, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Movie trailer: From the party that gave you "Iraqi Freedom" starring George W. Bush and Dick Cheney now brings you, "American Taliban" starring $arah Palin and Glen Beck. A twisted tail of a party that has gone rogue. Who are they? What do they stand for? Get out your guns and start thumping your bibles 'cause you're gonna need them!
A Looney Tunes Production.

Posted by: Sadaam | August 31, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The speech was great!!!!!!!!!
It was for our troops. Didn't anyone get that?
ANd to keep us informed.

Don't listen to CNN commentaries.
So what if it was only 2 paragraphs dedicated to Afghanistan. They biotched about that right off the bat.

We are going to surge with more troops and by next year, they better have their act together for the transfer.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | August 31, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Prepare for the worst. Oh wait, he is the worst. He's on bin Laden's payroll but he's just so proud of himself. "I said I was going to do this, so I did it." And now we can welcome back the terrorists to US soil sometime in the near future.

Posted by: AsstGM | August 31, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama is just a George W Bush II. YUK!

He needs to close down the sewers that are Iraq and Afghanistan and get the heck out NOW!. I can't believe we still playing war with these Bush ego trips.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 31, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Exactly why does Obama have the need to televise this speech? He has not kept his promise. Will he be taking credit for what Bush did?

Why is it that Obama seems to have the need for an atta boy for everything that he does? Bush visited returning troops several weeks ago and didn't make a big thing about a photo op like Obama does with everything he does. This is what a child does!

Posted by: elby
====================================================
Can you say mission accomplished children? Dubya became a better man in 06 when he lost his bet with the old man (the election) and got rid of the neocon cabal of Cheney/Rumsfield/Feith/Wolfowitz/Bolton and handed the reins to Gates/Baker with positive results. He also took the old man's advice about keeping his mouth shut finally getting the quid pro quo from Obama praising his patriotism. As a progressive I can safely say Beck's Washington speech and Obama's should receive complaints from nobody. Although the war and prescription drugs were never paid for, the outsourcing of jobs, the financials going from 20% in the 70's to 40% today has shifted income away from workers to the top 2%, leveraging like it's 1929, caused far more damage than deficit spending.

Posted by: jameschirico | August 31, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

OMG!

I missed the speech, so I did a fast rewind at 4 times the speed. I was SHOCKED!

obama didn't move from the neck down - for the full 19 minutes!!! As I fast forwarded and rewound fast, he was a Bobblehead!

a mixed race Alfred E. Newman Bobblehead!

too funny. Everyone was laughing so hard.

If you have Verizon Fios, you can still see it. Just rewind and fast forward, and you, too, with be laughing.

Posted by: dskiff | August 31, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

OMG!

I missed the speech, so I did a fast rewind at 4 times the speed. I was SHOCKED!

obama didn't move from the neck down - for the full 19 minutes!!! As I fast forwarded and rewound fast, he was a Bobblehead!

a mixed race Alfred E. Newman Bobblehead!

too funny. Everyone was laughing so hard.

If you have Verizon Fios, you can still see it. Just rewind and fast forward, and you, too, with be laughing.

Posted by: dskiff | August 31, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

OMG!

I missed the speech, so I did a fast rewind at 4 times the speed. I was SHOCKED!

obama didn't move from the neck down - for the full 19 minutes!!! As I fast forwarded and rewound fast, he was a Bobblehead!

a mixed race Alfred E. Newman Bobblehead!

too funny. Everyone was laughing so hard.

If you have Verizon Fios, you can still see it. Just rewind and fast forward, and you, too, with be laughing.

Posted by: dskiff | August 31, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. President. Thankfully one horrible legacy of the past can be put to rest (we hope!) Time to get to work on our own country!

"No" is not the answer, we need to say "yes" to moving forward with domestic priorities.

Posted by: Dr_JES | August 31, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

OMG!

I missed the speech, so I did a fast rewind at 4 times the speed. I was SHOCKED!

obama didn't move from the neck down - for the full 19 minutes!!! As I fast forwarded and rewound fast, he was a Bobblehead!

too funny. Everyone was laughing so hard.

If you have Verizon Fios, you can still see it. Just rewind and fast forward, and you, too, with be laughing.

Posted by: dskiff | August 31, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

After reading some of the comments, some people will never turn the page..., they can't get passed, "See Spot, See Spot run. Run Spot run!"

Posted by: AverageJane | August 31, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

After reading some of the comments, some people will never turn the page..., they can't get passed, "See Spot, See Spot run. Run Spot run!"

Posted by: AverageJane | August 31, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

After reading some of the comments, some people will never turn the page..., they can't get passed, "See Spot, See Spot run. Run Spot run!"

Posted by: AverageJane | August 31, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

After reading some of the comments, some people will never turn the page..., they can't get passed, "See Spot, See Spot run. Run Spot run!"

Posted by: AverageJane | August 31, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I wish he would stop blowing smoke up our posterior. Our warmonger-in-chief is all gung-ho for the lost cause in Afghanistan.

If he loves our soldiers and airmen, he should bring them all home.

Posted by: alance | August 31, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

One thing for sure he should have said is that Republicans gave us this war, death to our soldiers and Iraqis, trillions of debt and recession, from which I am getting our country out slowly (courtesy of Republicans) but surely.
America will go down that path again if you elect Republicans into power then no one can save this country from deterioration.

Posted by: Realist17 | August 31, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I missed the speech, so I did a fast rewind at 4 times the speed. I was SHOCKED!

obama didn't move from the neck down. As I fast forwarded and rewound fast, he was a Bobblehead!

too funny. Everyone was laughing so hard.

If you have Verizon Fios, you can still see it. Just rewind and fast forward, and you, too, with be laughing.

Posted by: dskiff | August 31, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

4,421 Brave US Dead
32,874 Brave US Wounded
150,000+ Innocent Iraqi Dead
825 Billion Dollars Wasted
2.3 Million Iraqi Refugees.....

0 Total number of Iraqis involed in 9/11/01
What a waste, Thank you George Bush!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | August 31, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

4,421 Brave US Dead
32,874 Brave US Wounded
150,000+ Innocent Iraqi Dead
825 Billion Dollars Wasted
2.3 Million Iraqi Refugees.....

0 Total number of Iraqis involed in 9/11/01
What a waste, Thank you George Bush!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | August 31, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank god we're getting out of that useless war that George Bush and the republicans lied us into!

Thank you, President Obama!


President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.

http://projects.publicintegrity.org/WarCard/

http://themoderatevoice.com/38708/did-the-cia-lie-to-congress/

q: How many dead and wounded U.S. troops for nothing, thanks to conservatives?

A: a total of about 35,000

Posted by: losthorizon10 | August 31, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

After reading some of these comments, some will never turn the page..., they can't get passed, "See Spot, See Spot run. Run Spot run!"

Posted by: AverageJane | August 31, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

He announced that the withdrawal in Afghanistan will occur on time in July of next year. That being the case, we need to get out NOW!! I'm a vet and we have just told the enemy we don't have the stomach to continue the fight as well as the month we are leaving. That being the case we have just painted a big target on them so better to declare that the Taliban has won, we surrender, and get out now.

Posted by: rigoman33 | August 31, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Let's build a triumphal arch on the national mall with statues of the war's father's: G. W. Bush, R. B. Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Bolton, and the entire neo-conservative "think" tank community. Victory is sweet.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | August 31, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't watch. He looked so ridiculous. He needs a smaller desk because he looked like a Black Alfred E. Newman.

Content - no one is buying his socialist agenda. He had no enthusiasm, really seemed demoralized.

I know America needs and deserves much better. November will tell the tale.

Posted by: 2012frank | August 31, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

This would have been a good speach to give after we get the other 50,000 U.S. service members out of Iraq. Get out!

Posted by: chucka1 | August 31, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

The Iraq invasion and occupation was a horrendously bungled mistake from the beginning. If the mindless Bush hadn't allowed himself to be controlled by the neocons, the Afghan situation might well be resolved and international terrorism would be less strong than it is. The Bush-Cheney bunglers have turned out to be the world's biggest promoters of terrorism.

Posted by: twm1 | August 31, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of hearing all of this patriotic drivel. It is truly nauseating. Well, I guess that's what politicians do best. They try to spin everything. We didn't accomplish anything in Iraq except spend $3 trillion, kill and wound thousands of Americans and Iraquis and make Halliburton and Xe very, very wealthy.

Oh yes, we let the Iraquis kill Saddam and his evil sons so I guess it works out to $1 trillion per person. Surely they could have sent in a few seals and done the deed for a few hundred thousand.

So no, I was not impressed by this speech and sadly, I am quickly becoming less and less impressed with President Obama.

Posted by: gm2525 | August 31, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope he is a more competent economist that he is Commander in Chief. So far, I am not reassured.

Posted by: faudel | August 31, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Bush promised to "get Bin Laden", he just didn't end the sentence with "out of harms way!"

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 31, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Bush promised to "get Bin Laden", he just didn't end the sentence with "out of harms way!"

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 31, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Bush promised to "get Bin Laden", he just didn't end the sentence with "out of harms way!"

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 31, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

What the media will need to to is keep us informed about what is happening to our 50,000 troops still in Iraq. Don't forget them because it is going to be a dangerous place for them over there.

Posted by: tonyjm | August 31, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The good news would be if Obama tells us Iran has the bomb. That will make us hightale it out the ME and bring peace to the region.

For the amount of money that was blown in these wars we could have bailed out every homeowner in the US. The wars are dragging us into a ditch. Thank God Iraq kicked us out.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 31, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry. he'll do a few minutes on Iraq and then launch into me, me, and me myself and I.....................God November can't come soon enough.................

Posted by: sandynh | August 31, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

We need to end the practice of throwing money down the sewers of Iraq and Afganistan. We can withdraw totally from both by 9-30-10.

Bush started the wars to soothe his ego and now Obama is continuing the wars to soothe his ego.

Nothing has been accomplished positive so lets come home.

Posted by: Maddogg | August 31, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Just can't help himself. This self-loving excuse is going on national TV to tell us what happened last week. The Peter principle is alive and well.

Posted by: jemvbcarmagh06 | August 31, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

"Today, our most urgent task is to restore our economy, and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work."

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Someone please feel free to correct me but wasn't the President during the State of the Union address back in January going to 'Focus like a laser beam' on Jobs?

This statement feels hollow somehow.

Posted by: rigoman33 | August 31, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

"Today, our most urgent task is to restore our economy, and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work."

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Someone please feel free to correct me but wasn't the President during the State of the Union address back in January going to 'Focus like a laser beam' on Jobs?

This statement feels hollow somehow.

Posted by: rigoman33 | August 31, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"Today, our most urgent task is to restore our economy, and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work."

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Someone please feel free to correct me but wasn't the President during the State of the Union address back in January going to 'Focus like a laser beam' on Jobs?

This statement feels hollow somehow.

Posted by: rigoman33 | August 31, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"Today, our most urgent task is to restore our economy, and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work."

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Someone please feel free to correct me but wasn't the President during the State of the Union address back in January going to 'Focus like a laser beam' on Jobs?

This statement feels hollow somehow.

Posted by: rigoman33 | August 31, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

fury60 wrote....Liberals/progressives have a long history of "spitting" on our returning soldiers.

I emailed my Representative to share our disgust of these hateful and cowardly acts and to propose making a "Hate Crime" of any such behavior.

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This is interesting because a story was published today by a university researcher who wanted to find out if these claims were actually true. In a search of all published material about the Vietnam War between 1970 and 1980, there were exactly Zero stories about first hand accounts of soldiers being spit on upon return from Nam. 2nd hand stories only started appearing after 1980. There is one veteran who has made the talk show circuits claiming he was spit on coming home from the war. Further research has found that he is a conservative partisan, active in politics and may or may not have an agenda that his story pushes forward.

So, rather than there being a "long history of liberals spitting on soldiers", there is in actuality virtually no history at all.

Posted by: RGee1 | August 31, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Will the POS POTUS demand that all illegal aliens return to their countries...and END entitlements to illegals? THIS EXPENSE has run our country into the ground.

Tell the POS that our votes are not for sale - to any country or any two-bit failure like him.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | August 31, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Iraq was about WMD'S it is about IRAN'S,IRANS'S,IRAN'S Will the "Speech Giver" say anything about this threat tonight that he has ignored!! The world just became more dangerous in the last week with Iran fireing up its reactor. We have 50,000 troops to Iran's west in Iraq and 130,000 troops to the east of Iran in Afghanistan. Seven troops died Monday there and 21 in the last 48 hours. The Foreign JIHADIST have moved to Afghanistan Because of the surge in Iraq and the training of its own security forces. The media has always tried to say it was a War in Iraq and a War in Afgahnistan.

It is "ONE WAR" and it is against RADICAL ISLAM that is being fought on many fronts. JIHADISTS are in Iraq,Afghanistan,Yemen,Somalia,Phillipines and lets not forget the USA. Iraq was stabalized during the surge when the Iraq's realized that the FOREIGN JIHADISTS were a bigger threat to them than the Americans. Iran supplied alot of the IED's, but it was JIHADIST from all over the world that planted them!! Iraq was easy to enter by Foreign JIHADISTS compared to Afghanistan who is much more tribal and very hard to enter because of terrain.

So what is the "Speech Giver" going to talk about tonight. The same thing he always does "HIMSELF" !!! This is a joke to give a speech about troop reductions and a campaign promise. He has lied to WE THE PEOPLE about everything. I do not trust this man one bit. I bet the economy and GREEN jobs will be worked into it too !!! The monwy that has been spent on the security of America is pennies compared to the SPECIAL INTEREST STIMULS BILLS that have been passed.

TERM LIMITS NOW !!

FAIR TAX NOW !!

DEATH TO JIHADISTS !!

SECURE THE BORDERS !!

STOP THE SPECIAL INTEREST BAILOUTS !!

Posted by: 79USMC83 | August 31, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I for one am glad that, in tonight's speech, President Obama announced the end of both foreign civil wars of Republican adventure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that all our troops would be home by Xmas.

It was very classy.

Too bad for the mercenaries at Xe that he pulled the plug on them, but paying mercs 3-5 times what US troops make was always stupid.

Posted by: WillSeattle | August 31, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I for one am glad that, in tonight's speech, President Obama announced the end of both foreign civil wars of Republican adventure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that all our troops would be home by Xmas.

It was very classy.

Too bad for the mercenaries at Xe that he pulled the plug on them, but paying mercs 3-5 times what US troops make was always stupid.

Posted by: WillSeattle | August 31, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama should give credit to Bush alright. 4400 of our best and trillion dollars down to settle Bush family affair !

Posted by: reefer | August 31, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I doubt obama will give credit where it is due on Ex Pres. Bush. This obama is such a narcissist I'm betting it will be whiney, complaining, it's someone else's fault. But his grinning has got to stop, it is so irritating to watch, what is so funny.

Posted by: mightyheidi | August 31, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I doubt this obama will give credit where it is due on Ex Pres. Bush. This obama is such a narcissist I'm betting it will be whiney, complaining, it's someone else's fault. But his grinning has got to stop, it is so irritating to watch, what is so funny.

Posted by: mightyheidi | August 31, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Exactly why does Obama have the need to televise this speech? He has not kept his promise. Will he be taking credit for what Bush did?

Why is it that Obama seems to have the need for an atta boy for everything that he does? Bush visited returning troops several weeks ago and didn't make a big thing about a photo op like Obama does with everything he does. This is what a child does!

Posted by: elby
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The difference is that Bush is not President and the press is kept at bay.

Posted by: beeker25 | August 31, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans attack Obama for criticizing the surge. On this board, some claim that liberals criticize soldiers.
But if fact, liberals treasure our soldiers too much to have sent them to die in Iraq. And, if we had listened to Obama, rather than the Republicans, there would have been no Iraq war at all.

Not only that, the troops would not have been shifted from Afghanistan to Iraq and so liberals would not have undermined the early victory against the Taliban.

The Republican invasion of Iraq left a real mess, at the painful cost of many soldiers' lives, while making the situation in IRaq, Iran, and Afghanistan less stable.

Posted by: bethechangeyouwant | August 31, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Liberals/progressives have a long history of "spitting" on our returning soldiers.

I emailed my Representative to share our disgust of these hateful and cowardly acts and to propose making a "Hate Crime" of any such behavior.

Posted by: fury60 | August 31, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Boehner's actions are why so many people see Repubicans as asinine/negative/contrary/imprudent/selfish/etc (choose one).

Posted by: rlj1 | August 31, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is the biggest infant since Baby Huey.

Yellowcake, WMD's, 9-11 connection, then Guantanamo, "waterboarding" (torture), "extraordinary rendition" and and the outing of a spy who spoke the truth. Lies built on lies. Bush should have been impeached for the war criminal that he is.

Boehner announces yesterday that he is looking to hold umpteen dozen hearings into the Obama crimes of universal health care and trying to save the economy.

Baby Huey, indeed.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | August 31, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Of course he's not going to have a "mission accomplished" speech tonight. He opposed everything that led to the present success.


Though, in his usual back handed way, I'm sure Barrack Obama will find a way to take credit for something he opposed. The Surge.

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | August 31, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

In his 'prebuttal' speech, I'm sure Mr. Boehner will be giving former President Bush credit for finding those weapons of mass distruction, the reason we were told that we needed to invade the country in the first place.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | August 31, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

What are you guys talking about.. Every time the President attempts to do something Washington politics stop him dead in his tracks. The President wants to close Guantanamo and Republicans and Democrats say they do not want the Terrorist on US soil. (He can not keep that promise) He tries to end the war and politicians say its to soon for us to pull out (matter of national security) and the the terrorist will only get stronger. Lol! Its hard keeping promises when you have to manage the politics obstruction as well as being wrong no matter what your decision is. (Absolutely no right answer / or direction that will satisfy anyone)

Posted by: KBrustmeyer2003 | August 31, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Exactly why does Obama have the need to televise this speech? He has not kept his promise. Will he be taking credit for what Bush did?

Why is it that Obama seems to have the need for an atta boy for everything that he does? Bush visited returning troops several weeks ago and didn't make a big thing about a photo op like Obama does with everything he does. This is what a child does!

Posted by: elby | August 30, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

It's Tuesday, tomorrow, 8:00 P.M. Eastern Time. Hope you get a chance to see it in it's entirety.

Posted by: cms1 | August 30, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

i thought the speech was tomorrow? (tuesday) here it seems to say its tonight, (to wit: When is Obama's speech? 8 p.m. EDT.)

Posted by: uncleebbie | August 30, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

i thought the speech was tomorrow? (tuesday) here it seems to say its tonight, (to wit: When is Obama's speech? 8 p.m. EDT.)

Posted by: uncleebbie | August 30, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

i thought the speech was tomorrow? (tuesday) here it seems to say its tonight, (to wit: When is Obama's speech? 8 p.m. EDT.)

Posted by: uncleebbie | August 30, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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