August 24th, 2010
07:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama wants prime time Iraq address

President Obama wants to deliver a prime time address on Iraq.
President Obama wants to deliver a prime time address on Iraq.

(CNN) - President Obama wants to deliver his major address on Iraq from the Oval Office in prime time next Tuesday, according to a senior administration official.

The official said the White House is formally requesting time from the broadcast networks for the President to deliver the remarks in prime time, elevating the speech marking the end of combat operations in Iraq in a major way.

Obama has only used the communications tool of an Oval Office address once before, when he wanted to signify the gravity of the Gulf Oil spill back in early June.


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  1. Do you Think that the Republican News Network aka Fox News, er Propoganda Will . . .

    Carry the Speech?

    August 24, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. DUMocRATS RECORD DEFICITS + TAXES

    Oh Monkey Ears wants a Prime Time Slot?

    Guess I'll be watching HBO or ESPN.

    This clown is useless.

    August 24, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. Yeah!

    Time to do the laundry again - bring him on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    By now he may only get picked up by Comedy Central or WE, but I do hope he gets across the board on every channel. It will be interesting how he frames this all considering that everything he does right now necessarily has to be used to try and save at least a couple Democratic seats in congress in November. I expect my TV's spin cycle that night may be faster than my washer.

    August 24, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Tom

    Don't we see enough of him without having another interuption of lousy television with an even worse option?
    How about shut up and do your job instead of screwing the the average-joe.

    August 24, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. NoCountryLeftForKids

    Obviously, to take credit for the Iraq victory that he had nothing to do with and opposed vehemently (ie., the surge in Iraq that led to said victory) and to blame Bush again for the current economic woes. This President has no shame, class or competence!

    I'm sure he is setting a good example all of us. That is never own up to your responsibilities, never own up to your actions, where possible take credit for someone else's actions/success & blame others for your own stupidity & failures!

    Yes we can!!!

    August 24, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. JK Ashburn, VA

    Gilligan's Island re-runs would be more substantive.

    August 24, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. Bill

    Just put up the teleprompter ..... we can read just as well as you do Mr. President.

    August 24, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. Peter s

    Go get them Mr. President!!!

    August 24, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. Nadeem

    Good, he needs to speak to what it means for the economy

    August 24, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. jay1975

    So glad I stopped watching network TV years ago.

    August 24, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. jules sand-perkins

    This is all political, and an unpaid campaign advertisement at that, in expensive television time.
    I don't want to give up any fun TV to watch President Obama read PR bull S-word from a teleprompter.
    We've watched that show over and over, and I can never stay through it to the end.

    August 24, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. anthony

    The president should give a prime-time speech only on the economy. He should do the Iraq speech, but not in prime time. If he does not focus his message on the economy his party will be punished in the midterm election.

    August 24, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Faisal

    Is Obama God? we must ask ourselves this question.

    August 24, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  15. Bagu

    since when did he have to ask? if its news, the networks will air it.

    August 24, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. mobeer

    Yea, he want's to claim his success in Iraq & blame Bush for making him have to wait 1 1/2 yrs. into his presidency to get the troops home. Of course, the Oblameu will take FULL credit for what Bush accomplished.

    August 24, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Mr. President : You will only get VETO from american public in the next election. You are a loser all the way.

    August 24, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. mark

    The draw dawn was already in play. What about Afghanistan?

    August 24, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. Karl in Charleston,SC

    How much of the speach will be politicing for the Democrats???

    August 24, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Mr. Bill

    Well, I hope this will not be another "Mission Accomplished" evening. We may be back with more troops before 2011 is over. Let's not celebrate until ALL troops are home.
    Of course I would like to see all troops brought home from Germany, Japan, South Korea, etc. etc. etc.

    August 24, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Jeff

    No one cares, there's still 50,000 troops there!!

    The dude just wants to take the focus off the economy

    August 24, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. Cliff

    I really don't see any need for him to speak to America about Iraq.
    All media has it out there daily for the public to see, read or hear.

    I would be more pleased if he took time to gather some "smart people" around him to discuss the economy.

    It is obvious the group of "clowns" presently surrounding him are way out of their league.

    August 24, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. Tim

    Waste of public air

    August 24, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. John N.C.

    Obama criticized and criticized Bush for the war in Iraq. He voted against the war. He was against the surge that won the war. Now that the war has been won, I'll bet he will act like it was a good thing and try to take a lot of credit for it.

    August 24, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. b. o. stinks

    it been awhile since his mug has been on primetime maybe it is because his ratings are dropping. I cant believe how vain this elitist is he must watch the recordings of his prime time addresses for for play

    August 24, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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