February 27th, 2009
04:12 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama calls Bush

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Before laying out his administration's plans for the U.S. military in Iraq Friday, the President called former President George W. Bush. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called former President Bush on this morning to tell him about his plan to withdraw troops from Iraq, the White House said Friday.

Obama called the former president “as a courtesy” right before his speech at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Obama also called Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki from Air Force One to brief him on his plan to withdraw most troops from that country by the end of August 2010. The preident also “sought and received” an agreement from the prime minister that he would receive Christopher Hill as the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

On Friday, Obama released his plan to end combat operation in Iraq by August 31, 2010.

soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Heads up everybody, President Obama is in control.

    February 27, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. charial

    President Obama is not only a brilliant man but a gentleman.

    February 27, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. yuri

    Courtesy calls do make someone feel so special, and we believe that BHO's call to W was perhaps unexpected, but a pleasnt surprise, more or less. Our take is that W may have offered a pointer or two to tackle the terrain in Iraq, since he ordered the attack in 2003. It only made sense to us.

    February 27, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Mike in Houston

    This defeat, and the deaths resulting from it, is Obama's alone.

    What a fool we ahve in the White House.

    February 27, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Claudette

    President Obama, thank you for beginning to bring our troops home. As an American, I understand how complicated it will be and give you my trust, for a rapid save withdrawal of our brave men and woman. I also want to thank you for being the first American President to admit that PTSD exists and for connecting it to traumatic brain injury for treatment purposes. This was long over due. As Americans we must except responsibility for the damage done to those who answer the call to duty, whether we agreed with the war or not.

    Also, I am pleased with your budget plan and the transparency of the true cost we have had and will face to rebuild America.

    Over all, GOOD JOB!

    !

    February 27, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. SAGG

    President Obama: Hello, Mr. President.
    President Bush: Hello, Mr. President.
    President Obama: I just wanted you to know I'm cleaning up your screw up in Iraq.
    President Bush: .............

    February 27, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. hello

    WHO EVER IS CRITISIZING OBAMA ODF BEING A SOCILIST MUST SEE MICHEL MOOR'S MOVIE SICKO.
    WE NEED HEALTH CARE NO MATTER WHAT THIS ALL STUPID REPUBLICAN PROTEST.
    THEY WANTED TO SAVE DRUG AND INSURANCE CO. AND THEIR BUDDY WHO IS RUNNING IT.

    February 27, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. William PA

    This is showing true leadership qualities. We have a new title. Reagen was "The Great Commnuicator" Obama is "The Greatest Communicator"

    February 27, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. april

    Another optimistic article, Obama is withdrawing just over half the troops, I wouldn't call that a pullout.I noticed this week on all the networks that there has been an optimism offensive, does Obama think optimism propaganda is going to turn the markets around ? No matter what people say it's not a lack of confidence in the market, it's the reality out on the streets, that make people not want to part with thier cash. These Congress people are so far removed from reality that they don't "get it". The markets can't restore the economy-the economy has to restore the markets, and there is just nothing indicating that there will be an uptick in the real world.Too bad the stimulus is filled with pork and efforts to change social issues, instead of hardcore projects that create an economy.

    February 27, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. MZ

    President Obama leaving troops in Iraq for longer than expected ? Consulting George W. on the plan ?
    I BET THIS ALL HAS NANCY PELOSI JUMPING OUT OF HER SEAT !!!!!! :-)

    February 27, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Chris - Denver

    I hope he used the phrase, "clean up your huge, tragic mess."

    February 27, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. still hoping

    At least he's showing some sense in talking to someone who had at least a clue as to what was going on, which is more than I can say for BO

    February 27, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Retired Army Guy

    You know, it's nothing short of amazing that the last administration NEVER even came CLOSE to telling America that there was any indication of a light at the end of the tunnel in regards to Iraq... but in less than 60 days, this administration lays out and announces a plan with a date on the calendar.

    But then again, Iraq was never about big oil or Halliburton, right?

    Right???

    February 27, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Kimberly in Azizona

    He had NO reason to call bush. As far as most the country is concerned, bush is completely to blame for the state of this country. I am sure bush does NOT care about Iraq anymore, he and his buddies made millions from the blood of soldiers sent to iraq for oil. Bush needs to be the ONLY prisoner on gitmo...What a JOKE he and his worshippers are.

    February 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Debi

    Bush does not deserve a courtesy call with details concerning anything inherited from his administration.

    Plus, Bush is now a private citizens, which means he deserves no information before any other private citizen.

    February 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. JT

    Great plan... NOT.. give Alcaida and Iran a date to plan for so they can mount an uprising after a year and a half of intense training. Then Panetta tells the media that CIA agents will be infiltrating Iraq after the pull out. This is like giving an opposing football team your play book. Pure stupidity. I am for an end date, and a withdrawal when the conditions warrant that. I beleive the adminstration should have an internal date set, not a publicly known date.

    February 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. susie

    Obama is such a sweatheart to call Bush about the war.

    February 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. david reyes

    HA HA HA YEAH RIGHT if i was bush i would put him on hold and foirget about it

    February 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Patrick Era

    We have started to see and feel the gains of a thoughtful, capable and efficient, and good leadership. Goodness, am a witness to this, and many more to come from President Barack Obama.

    February 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Kevin

    Barack "Hey George, I'm cleaning up your mess again today."
    George "What mess?"

    February 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Samantha, OH

    A man of his word. I like him.

    Obama 2012

    February 27, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Eric

    Too bad Bush didn't call anyone before invading Iraq but whatever.

    February 27, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. jvf

    why ? It's kinda like calling the restaurant that gave a whole town food poisoning to let them know that the stomachs are being pumped.
    Maybe I'm missing something.

    February 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. APRIL

    He will be withdrawing just over half the troops–that's not a pullout! I noticed this week on all the networks that there has been an optimism offensive, does Obama think optimism propaganda is going to turn the markets around ? No matter what people say it's not a lack of confidence in the market, it's the reality out on the streets, that make people not want to part with thier cash. These Congress people are so far removed from reality that they don't "get it". The markets can't restore the economy-the economy has to restore the markets, and there is just nothing indicating that there will be an uptick in the real world.Too bad the stimulus is filled with pork and efforts to change social issues, instead of hardcore projects that create an economy.

    February 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Ed From Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    hello from Canada..

    sorry to be picky but you should really use "spellcheck" and "grammarcheck" when you are writing your article ..case in point.."preident" ..

    Kudos to Obama though... us Canadians are in Afghanistan and any help we can get is greatly appreciated...

    February 27, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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