August 28th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
8 years ago

On Iraq, Obama touts a fulfilled promise and makes a new one

(CNN) - Ahead of an Oval Office address Tuesday on the Iraq war and a major milestone in the seven-year conflict, President Obama used his weekly address to tout the fulfillment of a campaign promise and to make a promise to America’s newest veterans.

“As a candidate for this office, I pledged I would end this war. As president, that is what I am doing,” Obama said.

The United States’ official combat mission in Iraq will end on August 31. About 50,000 troops will remain in the country until the end of 2011.

“The bottom line is this: the war is ending. Like any sovereign, independent nation, Iraq is free to chart its own course. And by the end of next year, all of our troops will be home,” the president added.

Obama also boasted recent action to revamp the Department of Veterans Affairs, help treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, provide aid to caregivers and find work for returning veterans.

“What this new generation of veterans must know is this: our nation’s commitment to all who wear its uniform is a sacred trust that is as old as our republic itself. It is one that, as President, I consider a moral obligation to uphold,” Obama said.

Obama said the White House’s website allows Americans to upload text or video messages to U.S. troops, to mark the end of combat operations in Iraq.

“Let them know that they have the respect and support of a grateful nation,” Obama said. “That when their tour ends; when they see our flag; when they touch our soil; they’ll always be home in an America that is forever here for them – just as they’ve been there for us. That is the promise our nation makes to those who serve. And as long as I’m commander-in-chief, it’s a promise we’ll keep.”

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  1. Debby

    Yes Obama you will take all the credit but we all know the surge worked by President Bush so your me, me speech is useless.

    August 28, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. the real ib

    Obama is ending this war? Funny. He was against the surge and that's what is ending this war and now he is taking credit for it. Typical Obama; what goes right even though it started under Bush against his wishes he takes credit for and what goes wrong under him why it's Bush's fault of course.

    August 28, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. terry,va

    Unbelievable that idiot Obummie can take credit for anything. He and the second in charge idiot Biden wanted to cut and run a long time ago. Bush won that war with the surge. Obummie is taking credit for something he didn't do and he is blaming Bush for the economy which is all of his making with the socialist policies he has implemented. So VERY, VERY sad.

    August 28, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    He has promised so much and done so little with the exception of his vacations and stealing money from hard working Americans to give to his union bosses and implement the Obozocare program that enables his followers to buy more dope and continue not working or paying taxes without having to worry about consequesnces or taking responsibility for their lives. Is that "summer of prosperity" thing working out? When you give all of the money to indolent teachers unions and left wingers, it won't. Guess what, we are tapped out idiot.

    August 28, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Homer

    WHAT A LOAD OF BULL. The troops are returning under a time table established by President Bush. nobummer and biden both guaranteed that the surge would not work in Iraq and have had nothing to do with the withdrawal of the troops. Just another case of nobummer trying to take credit of something he had nothing to do with and pass blame on everything he has done because his policies have all failed.

    August 28, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. LIP

    Leaving 50,000 troops there is not ending the war. Smoke and mirrors. Check out the news, the war goes on and on and on. Has anyone noticed the daily bombings?

    August 28, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Steve- Illinois

    He ended the war just like he promised. Exactly following the Bush plan that was in place before he got elected! This President, as a Senator, voted against the surge. Was willing to accept defeat. Most likely, even welcomed it. Now he stands before America, touting this as an accomplishment brought forth by his administration. This is what present day America has come too. This is the results of too many years electing professional politicians! Literally hiring people to run this country, that couldn't run a lemonade stand profitably, if you gave them the lemonade for free. People that have never held a real job. It's not just the Dems, the Repubs are just as guilty. We need to start electing common sense citizens to government positions, people who can look at waste and inefficiency, and change it. Put a stop to programs that aren't working, or made no sense in the first place! That can get a handle on the wasteful spending, and not just talk about doing something. Get back to expecting people to be responsible for their own actions, and their futures. Back to rewarding hard work, instead of rewarding those in line for handouts. Not just the people, but corporations, also. If a corporation fails, let it fail. America will immiediately step in and fill the gap they left. That's the way it works! That's the way it's always worked! The majority of todays economic problems are directly related to the government stepping in to help. Remember the old saying? When a man shows up at your door and says "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." That's when you should run!

    Common Sense! America needs it now, more than ever!

    August 28, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Clwyd

    Thank You Mr. Presient! Now get us out of the mess called Afghanistan. 1,244 wasted lives there already.

    August 28, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Dave

    The new President, in 2012, will have to send troops back into Iraq to restore order.

    August 28, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |