February 27th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Reid, Pelosi privately tell Obama of concerns over troop plan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN is told that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used a private White House briefing Thursday night to tell President Obama point-blank they have concerns about his plan to keep as many as 50,000 troops in Iraq.

In a window into how sensitive the issue is for Democrats, CNN has learned that when the president was telling lawmakers about his plan, Reid urged him to be sure to highlight the lower figure. Sources familiar with the meeting tell CNN that Reid told the president that he would have an easier time selling the plan if he focuses on a range from 35,000 to 50,000 troops.


Filed under: Harry Reid • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama
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  1. pete

    A slimeball ex-ambulance chaser, and idiot, and someone who pals around with terrorists and other lefty liberals.

    This country is great.

    February 27, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. dave bryant

    Let the man do his job. We need to be forceful and resolute in our plan to get out of Iraq. I'm sure the powers that be in that country would be glad to let us stay there as long as we want and fight and die and rebuild their counrty while they make billions off of oil sales to countries that have no physical stake in Iraq at all. I guess they figure we blew it up, we can fix it. Well I personally never supported this debacle of a war nor did I buy the B.S. lies that were told to sell it to the public. Now we need to get on with rebuilding our country after the war on common sense has been voted out of office. Iraq needs to step up to the plate and take responsibility for running their country. We can't afford it anymore.

    February 27, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. Peter E

    They told him so privately it's now all over CNN! The main stream media needs to get a clue about it's own irony and hypocrisy!

    February 27, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Peter E

    Obama's plan is basically to fulfill what Bush has already initiated with the Iraqi government. My fellow conservatives need to start complaining about the plan, and start celebrating that for once it's not Reid and Pelosi's plan of full-out surrender that gets fulfilled.

    February 27, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. Peter E

    Obama's plan is basically to fulfill what Bush has already initiated with the Iraqi government. My fellow conservatives need to stop complaining about the plan, and start celebrating that for once it's not Reid and Pelosi's plan of full-out surrender that gets fulfilled.

    February 27, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. Jazzy

    @Rick February 27th, 2009 6:07 pm ET
    Obama, Reid and Pelosi…….It's downright scary that these three lunatics have any power whatsoever
    President Obama is no Lunatic ....You are lie and a Lunatic..... Reid and Pelosi are just OLD

    February 27, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. RONNIE

    McCain stated we would be there for a hundred years! Bush had no plan whatsoever except for murdering innocent Iraqi children.

    February 27, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Cindy

    I'm sure Obama did not approach this issue lightly. If too little support was left behind too quickly, the peace that's already been obtained, may get lost again.

    Obama soaks in all information before making his decision. Reid and Pelosi are just going by blind promises, wishes and hopes. I for one, would like to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, until shown otherwise.

    February 27, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Many of us have concerns because we should never have been there, but we must be careful getting out after we have gone there to stir up the "hornets nest".Pelosi and Reid were merely conveying what many of us expected.

    February 27, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Tom

    I voted for Obama based on promises he made to clear out of Iraq. Now a different tune. This is not change. It is the two faced policy of give me your vote and I'll go back on my promises. Look, the fact that all the Republicans are praising this and that tells me he cut a deal with them perhaps a quid pro quo for something he wants them to support. I am VERY dissapointed he plans to go back on the campaign promise by extending the deadline to 19 months and then leaving 50K behind for some training baloney. I'm already disillusioned. I think Dr. Ron Paul should get out and campaign for 2012 cause I'm looking for a new guy already.

    February 27, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. Marty, FL

    It's good to have a legislative branch that does its job of providing the proper oversight with the executive branch, unlike the unfortunate rubber-stamping we experienced with Bush and his Republicans.

    That being said; President Obama is respectfully following the advice of the commanders on the ground, as he said he would do. Many of us trust him to make the right decisions to draw down from Iraq responsibly, while protecting the interests of our troops.

    May God Bless America

    February 27, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. Zion

    southerncousin, McCain was also against the surge until he began to run for president. Just like he was against tax cuts, certain types of immigration, reform, etc. The difference between the McCain and Obama plan is one actually targets America's enemies. I know we wouldn't want to fight a war where we actually target Bin Laden, the man who mastered minded the murder of 3,000 Americans. In the future, Pelosi, don't act like a groupie when my President gives a speech.

    February 27, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Little too late????

    Here we go...the tail wagging the dog!! The in-fighting will only escalate from here, boyz and goils!!

    February 27, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. Go get him Nancy.....

    Obama misled you during the campaign when he said "16 months and gone." He also misled you on hiring lobbyists and eliminating earmarks (there are 8,700 earmarks in the stimulus plan) including
    $ 1.6 million for swine odor in Nebraska.

    Stay tuned-more lies to come.

    February 27, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. No Incumbents 2010

    All of this Obama worshipping scares me. He is only a man folks. No matter how well you can spin and idolize, he does make mistakes.
    If you continue to give one man such a voice and such power over your thinking you may be sorry in the long run. I'm sure in 1930's Germany might have possibly not given so much blind faith to one man had they known then what we know now. I'm not comparing our President with Hitler, just giving an example of what one man can do when all his adoring followers believe blindly.
    I suppose another scenario would be The People's Temple in Guyana where one man caused quite a following to drink the Kool-Aid.
    I guess that would be a more appropriate example.

    February 27, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Jacque Bauer

    If Obama was a fraction of the leader that he pretends to be, he will lop off the heads of these looner toon pretenders. Pelosi and Reid are easily the most dysfunctional and disgraceful leaders in the history of the US congress.

    February 27, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. Honorable Kansas Vet

    The problem is with all those in Washington that voted to "permit" the ex-adminstration to use troops without any other requirements.

    Now that the United States is embroiled in a region of the world that no competant military leader would have agreed to if they had been given a choice, we must do two things get out and do so in such a fashion as to not permit a melt down. We shall have troops in Iraq until at least 2010. But we will have troops in Afganistan for the next 50., thanks to the past administration and their military and diplomatic expertise.

    February 27, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. Pat

    I hope Obama knows what he is doing. I hope it is done better than the last time American troops withdrew from a combat area, it does not look like retreat, and many more people die after the withdrawal – just like in Asia.
    It was reported Bush had a lower IQ than Obama, but no one can prove Obama's IQ test, SAT, etc. even though he attended at least two colleges.

    February 27, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. JO

    Pelosi's fake painted on smile every time she is 'on camera' makes me puke!

    February 27, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. tk in IL

    So in otherwords Reid and Pelosi are encouraging him to lie to the American people. Nice......not!

    February 27, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. Carl Justus

    I support both Reid and Pelosi, but they need to realize they are not running the country, Obama is. He is the one who will make or break this administratiion and the jobs Reid and Pelosi are doing, so they should listen to him and keep they mouths shut.

    February 27, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. EVOLVE

    GO OBAMA!!!

    February 27, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. Sue

    Jeff and Rick,
    Can you please explain to me why you have to make communist references about our President, when Bush spied illegally on ALL citizens, tortured people, killed innocent people in Iraq, lied us over there and so let 5000 of our troops be killed, spent trillions on that war that are needed here, stacked the DOJ to rule in his favor, cared nothing about global warming, cared nothing about the education of our children (or he might have actually FUNDED "no child",) let poor blacks die in LA when he was warned about Katrina and promised to shore up the levees, let people die in 9-11 when he was warned about that in August, but he was "on vacation" and couldn't be bothered with intelligence issues? And you are worried about OBAMA? Bush almost took this country down by himself, and now that Obama has inherited this mess, and is trying to dig us out, all I hear are communist references, and now, Hannity wants to start an armed revolution. My God, you are either American or go away!

    February 27, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Denver Mom

    Privately? So private it's being reported everywhere?

    February 27, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. Coolitee

    This is how a true representive government works, there are different ideas and they voice them. Unlike in the past where congress sat on it hands and did nothing while we went into a war that had no meaning for the country. We have over 5000 reasons for congress to voice their concerns . They are buried in our national cemetaries

    February 27, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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