November 24th, 2008
11:35 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama meets Joint Chiefs chairman with Bush's blessing

Obama and Mullen met Friday in Chicago.
Obama and Mullen met Friday in Chicago.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held a private closed door meeting in Chicago Friday for 45 minutes, according to a U.S. military official with direct knowledge of the talks.

The meeting was a "get acquainted session," the official said.

President George Bush personally approved the meeting, and it was also "encouraged" by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the official said. The approval was not required, but was given because of the sensitivity of the sitting president's advisers giving advice to a president not yet in office.

Obama extended the invitation to Mullen.

The meeting comes as Mullen is now reviewing a formal "request for forces" from commanders in the field for 15,000 to 20,000 additional troops to send to Afghanistan during the opening months of the Obama administration. It also comes as the president-elect has made statements about his desire to find terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Obama spoke to him by phone Saturday and assured him that the United States would send more aid and pay more attention to his war-torn country, according to
Karzai's office, but Obama aides declined to confirm the call had included specific promises.


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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. The Man

    Most of you Obama haters just cannot admit the real reason you despise him is because he is an African American, why come up with all these excuses. The irony is that he will probably help you with jobs and tax breaks.

    If a leader comes along with a message that benefits the American people, we should welcome that opportunity, weather he or she is black, white, Republican or a Democrat.

    November 24, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Nan

    Considering that President-elect Obama is going to BE the president in less than two months, it seems to be that Bush should simply hide under his desk (as he did on 9/11) and keep his mouth shut.

    November 24, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Janice Illinois

    Barack Obama You Promised over and over and over. Bring them home from this lie . We have lost enough, gave enough , spent enough and the innocent civilians of Iraq have lost enough as well. This is the main reason that millions voted for you. If the Iraq war was over the financial crisis would be helped out tremendously. Home just like you promised.

    November 24, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Jo

    Janice- They are talking about the war in Afghanistan... NOT Iraq. Two completly different stories! As a recent veteran, I agree that we should responsibly take our troops out of Iraq, but I could not agree with us leaving Afghanistan. The terrorist groups bred in that country have committed horrible crimes, and we absolutely must fight against it!

    November 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. NObama

    Hey educated Ron. How many times did Obama say McCain would be the Bush third term? How many democrats pasted and incumbant republicans picture with bush in their attack ads? It was very personal, Ron. Enjoy your victory because in 2012 when we have double digit unemployment and inflation the GOP is coming back.

    November 24, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Kevin from the peake

    To the Man:

    I am surprised that people still are bringing up the race card. Obama refused to wear it.

    I am opposed to leftist policies because I don't see the need for the national government to get into my daily life; that was the reason for that little thing called the Constitution.

    Maybe, we all should read the Constitution so that we understand what power the two parties have taken away from us.

    I hope anyone who thinks people oppose Obama for "phony" reasons will realize that there is more to politics than race or party affliation.

    November 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. lucy

    Note to Stavica – Obama doesn't have to accept Bush's doctrine at the end – because Bush has already reached an agreement with the Iraqi government that almost exactly reflects the original Obama doctrine. Maybe you should keep informed before expressing opinions?

    November 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Amen to that, Peter (CA)!

    November 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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