Obama welcomes troops home from Iraq
December 14th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama welcomes troops home from Iraq

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday welcomed home returning troops from Iraq, hailing their service to help a people they didn't know as an example of what makes America great.

"As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree - welcome home. Welcome home," Obama told cheering troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Well done Mr. President! "Mission Accomplished!"

    December 14, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Thank you, Mr. President!

    December 14, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    I agree with Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Welcome Home!

    December 14, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Gurgi

    This was good of Obama.

    December 14, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Ted van Tol

    He will end the war in Afghanistan in his second term!

    December 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Thanks to Kyra Phillips I watched returning troops from Iraq presentation by Kyra Phillips it was great
    Thanks to president bring our troops home from Iraq

    December 14, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. 1crusader

    I want to welcome our troops home too.thank you for your service and the sacrifices that you have made for us! Good job!

    December 14, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He was extraordinarily weak and timid in a critical moment," Romney said. "This will have severe implications for us, long term, and it was a terrible mistake on his part. I find it incomprehensible that he didn't destroy it, or go get it. I think destroying it would have been a good deal easier. Destroy it immediately, or go get it."

    I want to use this newest quote of Mitt Romney from a previous thread to express just how troubling I find Romney's lack of leadership to be. We are now welcoming home our veterans from Iraq, having been in a nine year war we should never have fought. I do not want to repeat history simply because another war mongering buffoon is taking it into his head that he must "prove" his manhood to an alread war weary nation.

    Thank you President Obama for welcoming our troops home from Iraq. May we not see another war such as this was in decades to come.

    December 14, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    Thank you President Obama and Vice President Biden. A great team that will do even better in their well earned second term.

    December 14, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. ST

    Well come back home brave men and women. You did a brilliant job there. It is the pity that the person who initiated the war and sent you there is not present to acknowledge your accomplishment!

    December 14, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. rs

    Thank You President Obama. It is time someone in government recognises the accomplishments of our troops.

    Wait for it though- the Republicans will want it both ways here:
    They'll say that Obama can't take any credit for this because Bush actually negotiated the withdrawl (while ignoring Bush actually getting us into the war in the first place), and:
    They'll complain that we MUST stay in Iraq (whether the Iraqis want it or not) owing to any number of perceived threats posed by leaving: no counterbalance to Iran (see: Bush's war on Iraq); or someone might do something to Israel; or its handy to be there when we attack Iran, or Pakistan, or someother place to keep those great military industries profitable; or, or, or.....

    December 14, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    To our returning troops:


    December 14, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    I'm sure the anti-American conservatives will try to turn this into something ugly, but Americans know this is great that our military comes home after almost nine years of war with honor and dignity.

    December 14, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. emma

    Lynda/Minnesota: I totally agree your comment about Romney's prediction. It makes me wonder where Romney gets his military "expertise".

    Obama has made informed decisions and has shown his strength, which is not being weak. He has grown in the office and will continue to become even more skillful and wise during his next term.

    December 14, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. jojo

    At least the Democrats are saying "Welcome Home" to our troops. Not a single Republican has said this. They're still saying that the troops should have stayed- even though the date was set by Bush! It does make a sitting president look good when our troops pull out of a country we invaded. So becasue it's a Democratic sitting president, this current bunch of Repubs can't come up with the grace, the patriotism, etc to give these returning troops a thank-you and welcome-home.

    December 14, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Joi Gibson


    Thank you Mr. President.

    December 14, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Obayashi

    Honor our troops.

    December 14, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. diridi

    We Love You-–Obama.
    Just vote for Obama...

    December 14, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Debra from Georgia

    Welcome Home, to our TROOPS, job Well done.

    Thank you Mr. President.

    December 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. SecedingfromTexas

    Amen to everything said here (so far).

    December 14, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. willie floyd

    Welcome home-you have brought dignity to the uniform you wear and the country you serve! I pray God's richest blessings on you and your family for your sacrifices. Thank you Mr. President and Vice-President. I feel honored to have both of you as our leaders.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    December 14, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |