(CNN) – Read reaction from CNN's Gloria Borger, David Gergen and Fareed Zakaria after the jump.
Gloria Borger on the politics of credit
"The economy, the economy is driving the political discussion, and to answer your question – does it matter? It matters to Republicans right now who are saying this is a president who ought to credit George W. Bush."
David Gergen: I found the speech "perplexing"
"I frequently praise Barack Obama and his speeches. I think they have been clear, understandable and very, very well written. I found this one perplexing. I didn't quite understand what the point was, it wasn't clear what the mission is either in Iraq or in Afghanistan going forward, it seems to be much more we are getting this monkey off our back. We gave it our best shot, over to you, Iraqis. Over to you next year, Afghans."
Fareed Zakaria on the speech's balance
"I reacted as David did to the style of the speech – for an eloquent president, this was remarkably workmanlike, but I think that it was an intelligent speech in that he was balancing various problems. He is trying to mark the end of military combat in Iraq, signal a commitment politically to Iraq, signal a determination to keep a capacity in Afghanistan, and then pivot to the economy which is of course the central issue on the minds of the American voter."
Fareed Zakaria on Obama's evolution
"You know what was striking about this is this was President Obama speaking, not candidate Obama, not Senator Obama. He praised the idea of nation building in Iraq. He praised the idea of spreading democracy in Iraq. He talked about conditions based withdrawal. These are all terms that were more associated with the more hawkish elements of the Democratic Party and indeed with President George W. Bush."
Gloria Borger on Obama's message to Democrats
"What I do think the president was trying to do was heal the divisions in this country about the war in Iraq. It's been the most divisive political issue that we've had, and I think he said definitively, now it is time to turn the page, and in doing so I think he was talking to Democrats as much as anybody."