Washington (CNN) - President Obama declared that "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended" in his primetime address Tuesday.
"Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country," he said.
The president addressed the economic crisis in America by talking about how restoring prosperity at home is critical to maintaining the nation's strength abroad. Obama said getting the economy back on track is his "central responsibility as president."
"Today, our most urgent task is to restore our economy, and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work," the president said.