February 27th, 2009
04:12 PM ET
14 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. Maverick

    Ed, in NM, yet another kidergarten Bush Basher. No real thoughts to contribute? Grow up, or leave the concersations to the grown ups.

    February 27, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Ted

    Wow, the Republicans who've suggested that Obama called Bush for advice are suffering serious delusions. Virtually everything Obama has done has been aimed at undoing the damage the Bush administration has done to this country. So now Obama is supposedly seeking Bush's counsel on Iraq?! Get real!

    February 27, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Dennis, Millbrae, CA

    The people spoke on November 4th regarding our involvement in Iraq. A Status of Forces Agreement between the Bush Administration and the Iraqi government also called for a withdrawal of American troops according to a timetable. President Obama is not only carrying out a campaign promise, but carrying out an agreement with the Iraqi government and the will of the Iraqi people. The uniformed American men and women who served, or are serving, in Iraq can come home with their heads held high for all they accomplished. And to the families who lost a loved one, and to those veterans who have suffered the wounds of war, our thoughts and prayers are always with you.

    February 27, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Robert

    To those of you who dislike Obama (OBVIOUSLY REPUBLICANS WHO JUST WON'T THINK ABOUT THE LAST 8 YEARS) Please Please Please do all of America a f avor......................Move to Mexico.

    February 27, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Maverick

    Lush, I guess your name shows your Liberal IQ. wish I could grow up and be an intelligent adult too. They should ban you just for the profanity of you name.

    February 27, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. dont drop the soap Georgie

    Looks like a meeting of the 'Skull andBones" cult.Wonder what they did with Geronimos skull?

    February 27, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Eric

    Nice typo, it is president not "preident". Who is editing for CNN these days?

    February 27, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Dan

    With the election of Obama I was hoping for some healing of the extreme bitterness and anger that has become an almost permenant and repugnant feature of these blogs and comments. So much for hope!

    Is it really to much of a stretch for most of you to accept that GWB may have some advice for Obama or interest in what Obama is proposing for US troop levels in Iraq?

    It's a credit to Obama that he is willing to appear to solicit comment or advice from the ex-president and political rival.

    It would be really great if the great majority of you who are Obama supporters and admirers could pay attention to the good example the President is setting and try to emulate his apparent attitude of humility, grace, forgiveness and pragmatism.

    I'm not interested in reading any more of the mindless and endless blathering on about the failures of GWB. Neither am I interested in reading about how Obama may be setting himself up to fail nor am I interested in constantly reading about how it is a given that Republicans can not forgive, et. cetera.

    February 27, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Kay

    Today was the first time I shed tears for our war hero's. President Obama's statements were very powerful and his statement to the Iraqi people was also necessary to begin their healing. I love to watch and hear our president address America, I just wish the conservatives would give him more credit for how much has been accomplished in such a short period of time. GOD BLESS AND KEEP OUR PRESIDENT SAFE FROM HARM.

    February 27, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Scott Benson

    I think it is very interesting that Barack Obama is basically just following George Bush's war plan, even withdrawing the troops at the deadline of December 2011 that Bush and the leaders of Iraq agreed upon which is 17 months after Obama promised he would. Seems these elected officials have three things in common...big promises, big lies, and big egos.

    February 27, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Jack

    Ed, Santa Fe, NM:

    Bush kept you and your family safe for 7 years after the deadliest attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor. Without his resolve, you'd be much more vulnerable today.

    Why don't you tried gratitude rather than bitterness, you'd be a little more happy.

    February 27, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Did he really call to tell him that he is withdrawing troops from Iraq?--or did he really call to thank him for the mess he left-–only the President's knows.

    February 27, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Yeager

    Thanks to Bush finally, Obama now has a situation on the ground in Iraq that he CAN pull out of successfully.

    As usual, the majority of people that read CNN have bad clues.

    February 27, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Bill


    Are you saying Iraq would be better with Saddam Hussein still in power? The "mess" Bush created liberated millions of Iraqis from a madman that brutally ruled his citizens. Maybe you'd like it if he were still in charge?

    February 27, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. David

    To Obama Victim, if anything W needs to apologized to him he's keeping his promises we're getting out so please read the article again.

    February 27, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Hey

    You fools are so involved with Republican this, Democrat that, you don't even realize how pathetic you are. That is why Independents laugh at you morons. Independents decide the election. Oh and the Blame Bush mentality and the Obama is not prepared crap will result in you losing, so grow up kids

    February 27, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Patricia Tharp

    Thank God!!!!

    February 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. B.H.

    I only hope that an International Crimes Tribunal is put in place to try Bush and Company for WAR CRIMES and put them behind bars forever!

    February 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The call was just to soften old Dubya up. Bush doesn't know that Eric Holder will be the next person to call him.

    February 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    wonder why obama and biden have their head down and eyes closed. probably wondering how many times they need to say the word 'change' for it to happen.

    February 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. CK

    Leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq, and moving another 17,000 to a war in Afghanistan / Pakistan which will see no end doesn't seem like fulfilling a promise.

    To the Obamabots, keep drinking the koolaid your messiah pours you.

    February 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Mike in Philly

    "3 – Ray, what has changed so quickly? Obama PROMISED immeditae change to the economy and to troop withdrawl, I see neither happening for almost two years.."

    'fraid not. He said the economy would take a long time. And he now the combat troops will be home, close to the date of his promise. A couple months difference is mostly immaterial.

    February 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |



    February 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. July

    JOE February 27th, 2009 2:52 pm ET



    the villiage idiot leader ..... jajaaa. oh joe you are so funny

    February 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Al, California

    Bush is not in prison yet?

    February 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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