February 27th, 2009
04:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama calls Bush


Before laying out his administration's plans for the U.S. military in Iraq Friday, the President called former President George W. Bush. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called former President Bush on this morning to tell him about his plan to withdraw troops from Iraq, the White House said Friday.

Obama called the former president “as a courtesy” right before his speech at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Obama also called Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki from Air Force One to brief him on his plan to withdraw most troops from that country by the end of August 2010. The preident also “sought and received” an agreement from the prime minister that he would receive Christopher Hill as the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

On Friday, Obama released his plan to end combat operation in Iraq by August 31, 2010.

soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Obama Victim

    I hope he apologized to W...............now he know this stuff is not all that easy

    February 27, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Larry Houston TX

    I think that was a very good thing to do, I'm sure Bush would'nt have done that for clinton, or for anyone else, for that matter, if the tables were turned.....That's the way it is with the republicans, they've got a sense of arrogance about them, and a lot of them think that they are better than most people.

    February 27, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    This is a gentlemen; considerate and thoughtful!!

    February 27, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Dem from AZ

    President Obama is a hard working President. I know it is just alittle over a month into it but this guy is doing a great job. Lots of challenges ahead but Americans will rise up to the occasion.

    February 27, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Ray Fisher

    Our new era of progress continues thanks to our new President. Who would have thought a year ago, things would change this quickly???

    February 27, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Ben

    You will never get that from republicans. Never.

    Thanx My President!

    February 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Mike

    Obama courtesy call....

    "Help me George....what do I do?"

    booo hoooo boooo hoooo

    February 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Seattle Sue

    I hope Obama was not expecting any truthful statement from Bush.

    February 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Joe

    courtesy call? haha – that's pretty funny...he called him after everyone else already saw it in the news...bottom line – obama was calling up asking for advice...too funny!

    February 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. George

    wow, what breath of fresh air.....President Obama is not a decider/dictactor for that matter!

    February 27, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Chris, Albany NY

    Y? Talk about a completely useless phone call!

    February 27, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. A Mighty Good Man

    Our President was very kind to George Bush in his remarks today.

    He didn't poke at the shortcomings and failures in Iraq while he did seek to acknowledge the removal of Saddam Hussien and his administrations committment towards making sure we build a lasting diplomatically based foundation to fill that void.

    Basically, he disagreed with the war and the claim of WMD but since our troops were committed and their blood was shed, President Obama will make sure they did not die for nothing.

    February 27, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. endithinks

    Well it is nice to see common courtesy trying to make a comeback. I do want the troops to be zero not 50K. Iraq needs to stand on its own even though we were the ones who knocked them off course.

    February 27, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Tim

    Hello, hello President Bush, this is President Obama. YOur cowboy war is about to end on august 31st 2010!

    February 27, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Brianne

    I think Obama is a stand up guy. It must have been difficult for Obama to tell Bush that he was undoing everything the former President had set in place. It is long overdue for the troops to come home and I'm so glad Obama kept his word on this promise. I just hope when the troops leave some peace will be maintained in Iraq especially for the U.S.'s sake. I just wonder how former President Bush reacted to Obama's call and plan.

    February 27, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. EW

    I would prefer a courtesy phone call about an impending war crimes tribunal...

    February 27, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Melissa

    This would be what we call "playing nice".

    February 27, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Todd

    Yeah, then he put on his pants, finished his 10th cigarette for the morning, and went down to have breakfast.....

    So what???

    February 27, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. zack

    Obama doesn't owe Bush any courtesy call. I hope he goes after him for war crimes.

    February 27, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. element

    President Obama has all the right stuff and I just can't wait to vote for him and others like him in the coming years.Oh Yes We Did.

    February 27, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. nathan price jr.

    Planan sure will get a CHARGE outa this.
    50000 troops, whata gas

    February 27, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Had It

    I'd call him – but you all wouldn't print what I'D CALL HIM.

    February 27, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. jAYjAY

    Mr President.
    A man of supreme integrity

    February 27, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Dina-Bronx

    Finally! An end to the war that shouldn't have started. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 - and neither did Afghanistan (if you're looking for Osama bin Laden, try Saudi Arabia). And with the end of the war will be the end of paying billions of American dollars to the Iraqis, as well as to pay for this very expensive war - which will mean more money available here, in America, where we need it now.

    Thank you, President Obama, for ending this war. let our troops come home and protect our own boarders!

    February 27, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. gg

    How quickly we forget the billions spent in Iraq each day and money given to Haliburton to operate all the food services,etc. I am sure Dick Cheney and George Bush are weathly off the government with that 8year contract and free housing. If you are going list the billions start with the Bush administration first. Who did not tell America how many billions per day they were spending. Now all of sudden everyone wants to account for the money. They should have thought of that when they re-elected the Bush administration. Now we have to get out of the mess. Also, don't forget the bailout billions to corporate America. Also, if you want to talk about illegals, again go to the Bush Administration because they allowed them to stay and paid for the services. Keep your facts straight!!!
    I don't believe our media anymore!

    February 27, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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