October 20th, 2011
02:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama: 'Long and painful chapter' is over

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday called the death of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi both the end of a "long and painful chapter for the people of Libya" and the hallmark of a successful U.S. foreign policy.

In the first official government remarks on the killing of a longtime foe who was behind terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens, Obama pledged his government's support as Libya builds a democratic system from the ruins of dictatorship.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I know that a lot of republicans are angry that we did not send in troops, and end up waging war in Libya for ten years, but this is a big deal, not only for America, but for the world. Well done Mr. President!

    October 20, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. cf

    Looks like the President had (again) made a wise decision concerning Libya. And the Republican opposition finds itself (again) on the wrong side of history.

    October 20, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Indy

    Chalk up a 100 million in savings for Obama on this one. If a Republican was in office they would have had boots on the ground and in yet another war for the middle class to pay for. Obama kicks major butt in his foreign policy and there is not a Republican alive that could fill his shoes in this regard.

    October 20, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Laverne

    Mr. Obama you are a remarkable leader, Jon Huntsman!

    October 20, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Patriot

    Thank you, President Obama. You have shown the world how to deal with middle east dictators and countries and without sacrificing a single american life in the process. Thank you!

    October 20, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Ed DFWTX

    Obama have proven to be a true leader and a success on foreign relations and policy. Under his watch he caught and killed bin Laden. Now, the people of Libya have caught and killed Gadhafi with our backing. I am amazed at how quick the Republicans are to blame the democrats when the mess the country is in now is a direct result of their own party's mishandling of the country and its finances. Republican policy got the country so far in debt and put us in the worst recession since the Great Depression.. Bush and the republicans who imposed all of the tax cuts on the rich and pushed for the war in Iraq which has cost over a trillion dollars. Obama is doing his best to clean up their mess. Obama 2012!!

    October 20, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. a6102658

    Republicans and Tea Baggers once again eat Crow!
    Sorry Republicans for not giving you another 10 tears war.

    October 20, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. MTATL67

    Our involvement in the downfall of Gadhafi was one of the best strategies of President Obama. Allowing NATO to take the lead accomplished a few things. 1) No death of American soldiers 2) Showed trust in our allies & prevents a buildup of resentment in them toward us. 3) Allowed us to support and assist Arabs without appearing to dictate an agenda by the intrusive west. 4) Saved the tax payers billions of dollars. The Republican candidates came out against President Obama’s action for pure political reason and now they look foolish because the United States wins on all fronts. I have a friend in England who read some of their remarks and said “God if one of them become President they’d bully their allies to the point no one would want to help the U.S.”. President Obama’s way was the best way sometimes to lead you have to step back and let a friend step forward. President Obama saw this truth just too bad the Republican candidates did not and cannot. Reading the bitterness oozing from the Obama haters is laughable and I love reading it for exactly what it is.

    October 20, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Well done, Mr. President! Well done!

    October 20, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. A True Centrist

    I love reading the responses here, as far left Liberals cheer on something they would normally protest. Anyways, has anyone thought about what happens to Libya now? The head of the Libyan resistance has already gone on record saying they will be implementing a government based on Shariah law, which means no freedoms and new tyrants leading the country.

    I'm glad the President made the decision to not go all in like the Republicans wanted but this was still a foolish decision by the White House. America needs to stop funding radicals...this has the making to be a repeat of us funding Osama Bin Laden against the Russians in Afghanistan.

    October 20, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @A True Centrist
    I love reading the responses here, as far left Liberals cheer on something they would normally protest. Anyways, has anyone thought about what happens to Libya now? The head of the Libyan resistance has already gone on record saying they will be implementing a government based on Shariah law, which means no freedoms and new tyrants leading the country.
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    Care to cite your source or have you been listening to Michelle Bachmann again? You're no centrist with this kind of bs-filled post. Like the GOP, are you just mad because #44 deliberately ruminates before taking action?

    October 20, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. AlaskaPalin

    obama is doing himself a (political) disfavor by the way he silently does what he has to do. He is being so successful without fanfare that its hard to know what to make of him as commander in chief. He really is not the 'usual'. you want to love him for the great job he is doing on the security front but he makes it seem as if he is not the one doing it but others. Outside of a world war; he might in the end be one of our greatest commander in chief but who will know when he is so 'no drama'. This can be frustrating to those who want to celebrate him. The way he is going about this job must be wiser than his most bitter detractors can barely fathom. Minimum lost of american lives. The countries peoples power. The peoples own democracy not imposed by us but you know when you seek freedom america have your back. We should trust and support him on iran and syria for although his way is not the bellicose we have grown accustom to, its seems to be the one that will work most effectively in this era. If world dictators take him for granted they do so at their own calamity (peril). We celebrate his success for his success is our success!.

    October 20, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    "If the U.S. had gotten involved early, aggressively and decisively, today would have happened months ago," Rubio said, later adding: "Sometimes you don't just have to do the right thing. You have to do the right thing at the right time and I think this administration failed to do that."
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    That is not the voice of reason. That is the face and voice of the Republican Party. It is the voice of divisiveness and lack of reason. What Mr. Rubio is calling for is lost lives, and trillions of dollars spent on nation rebulding. If that is the path you feel that this country should take, then I encourage all voters to follow this man to Hell and don't come back.

    October 20, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    He denied his citizens the right to vote .......................................

    October 20, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    President Obama had taken the necessary diplomatic steps YEARS before to make this type of event the result of a successful coalition amongst various countries around the world, and NOT a fiasco due to our arrogant, unsolicited immersion in another country's business.

    Well done Mr. President, well freakin' done!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama 2012

    October 20, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    He denied his citizens the right to vote ...................................glad he's gone.

    October 20, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Alaska Plain who beautifully said:

    We should trust and support him on iran and syria for although his way is not the bellicose we have grown accustom to, its seems to be the one that will work most effectively in this era. If world dictators take him for granted they do so at their own calamity (peril). We celebrate his success for his success is our success!.
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    "We celebrate his success for his success is our success".
    EXACTLY!!!!!! Well said. Thank you.

    October 20, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Dee

    Good job Mr. President what will the naysayers say now. They wanted to impeach you and the first person I saw on
    TV was John McCain how hypocritical.

    It is very obvious Bachman doesn't know that Libya is in Africa with her comments during the debate.

    I support you whole heartedly President Obama keep up the good work the economy will come around it will take us a while to get out of this mess and the american people have to remember that you can not do anything without the approval of congress they are holding up progress. Four more years will make the difference if you are elected and four more years if the GOP is elected will set us back to the Bush era.

    October 20, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    True Centrist wrote:
    The head of the Libyan resistance has already gone on record saying they will be implementing a government based on Shariah law, which means no freedoms and new tyrants leading the country.
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    So what? As long they live the way they choose to live peacefully, it makes no difference what form of government they choose. Isn't that what freedom and liberty is all about? Only arrogance defines it exclusively as democracy.

    October 20, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    The rethugliban/teabaggers are just ticked off because another of their boogiemen has fallen. All they know how to do is "control" by fear, and now that another bad guy is off the books they feel that "control" slipping further from their grasps.

    October 20, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Gayle

    I am listening to the news and I have come to the conclusion that the President is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn’t. I am very proud of President Obama that he thinks before he the acts. That is because there could be dire consequences to United States of America. Now what I am hearing is he should have acted sooner. All I can say is that several cruel dictators have met their demise on his watch. So stop bashing him who is that guy from Florida Rubio didn’t you learn when you were a child that if you have nothing nice to say then say nothing at all.

    October 20, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Elliott

    Gadaffi and Osama in the same year. Awesome! This sounds like an October Suprise to me. Has'nt been a good year for tyrants and terrorists...great work Mr. President this should help you in 2012!

    October 20, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |