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. Jo

    Why waste your time in calling Bush? He and his cronies have nothing good to say about you or your policies. You are just cleaning up another one of his messes. Mr. President, you are leader and a gentleman. Maybe the donothing party people will learn how to do both.

    February 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Not a Genius BUT I am a thinker

    We kick the brutal butcher Sadam HUSSAIN and his henchmen out of Iraq......
    and then........wait for it.......our new superhero fix everything commander in chief...HUSSAIN Obama IS GOING TO GIVE IT RIGHT BACK TO THE HENCHMEN...but with a gift.....he will reduce our forces and leave just enough to get butchered by the ones he gives the country to....I thought Carter was the worst liberal ever....man he is far right compared to this super hero...

    February 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Jake

    A war criminal? Really? Why? It's more honorable to kill Taliban than it is to kill Iraqis? If Obama goes to war in Afghanistan isn't he a war-monger too?

    February 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Saad from NJ

    Obama should have called Cheney. Bush was Cheney's puppet – real information sits with Cheney.

    February 27, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. mary, colorado springs

    I know he's not inclined to do so, but he could have told him he was beginning to clean up the mess he made of the last 8 years, and hoped Bush would wish him well. Or is that beneath a Republican's dignity to admit they were wrong?

    February 27, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Avi Shlomo

    Callled Bush for what? apparntly he is learning fast as the president of the free world he still has masters in TelAviv and other places. I am sure the former Prez would give him his blessing providing he remembers why we went to Iraq in the first place. Witdrawl must be now. When we invaded Iraq, we did it right away. That;s when planning was needed. I see no need to postpone and captulate.

    February 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. MIssy

    I sometimes read the comments in this blog and it never stops amazing me that somebody ALWAYS says some thing negative. I did not vote for President Obama BUT he is our president and I will support him with a open mind, to bad Mick from Mesa can't get over the past and move on. From your comments I suppose you voted for him so why don't you let the the past go and MOVE ON! I am.

    February 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Tracy

    Hope he called Bush a leader. History will be much better to President Bush than any of the left-winged main street media. The MSM shoved BO down our throats. They are to blame for many of the problems we are seeing today.

    February 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Dan from Maine

    To bad the troops will be coming home to join the unemployment line.

    February 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. B

    Whatever their differences, and they are too many to count, these two man have been very decent to each other. A lesson to be taken by those on this board.

    February 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Diane

    Hope Bush called Obama a liar.

    February 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Monrob

    You know... as a courtesy? To freaking....What?

    I really don't get any of this.

    February 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Micho in Mi

    He probably was clearing brush in his ranch, since that what he mostly did anyways when he was president

    February 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. PF_Harlock

    "Just lettin' ya' know that I'm ending that war that you foolishly started. Nice going there, George. Anyway... Gotta go. This economy you destroyed is keeping me pretty busy."

    February 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. kerry d

    i do not like Obama's politics, but I respect him as President. Why does the left continue to react as MICK in MESA does. You sir are beneath contempt. President Obama calling Bush was the right thing to do.

    February 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Patrick - Indianapolis

    If anyone should be apologizing it should be W. I hope he can never be in public again. He disgraced this country and his only supporters are uneducated twits that digest whatever crap limbaugh spews from his hateful mouth. Republicans and their Anti-jesus agenda's....

    February 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Steady

    Hey Tim, so you are one of those Libs who was hoping for the US Military to fail in Iraq, eh chump. Disappointed??? Moron!!!

    February 27, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. D. Sangiovanni

    No enough explanation about how this war was set up in motion. The real reasons to go into Irak. A real investigation about it. Then we'll see
    . So many kills, so may deaths, so much suffering. For what?

    February 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. R FROM PA

    i would like to hear just 1 of you gutless libs say that iraq was better off with sadam in power. you wont, because they aren't. so even if the premis of why we went was a little sketchy ( eventhough bill clinton said they has WMD's ) the fact is sadam was a murdering tyrant ( like slobadan malocivich in serbia ) and needed removed,

    February 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. HeavyHammer


    Since you know everything, maybe you should become our next ignorant president...Bush did what he did...America is safe, I have no issues with that.

    If it was wrong, it was wrong. At least he stood up for what he thought was right...Unlike this new joker in the white house.

    February 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    To idiots like Ben and Mick...... would a war criminal so easily step aside and provide a smooth transition to a new administration??????

    You better hope and pray that the new regime doesnt send our former leaders to the Hague..... or Obama, Pelosi, and Reed will be sure to follow.

    February 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Steady

    I'll bet Barry still didn't utter the word "victory".

    February 27, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. amb

    Mick: I'm sorry you feel the way you do about President Bush. He had our country's best interest at heart and kept us safe after 9/1/1. What President Obama is doing will cause a great collapse in the Mideast and possible global war. He thinks he's the "Great Uniter," but with his radical background (which the Dems didn't even question), I'm afraid our country will be in great trouble.

    February 27, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Ben in Ithaca, NY

    Actually, MICK, a war crime, thus committed by a war criminal, is (by definition) any action conducted in direct violation of international law- by most standards this would be the protocols of the Geneva Convention. While I certainly admit that the War in Iraq has been a waste of both lives and resources, Bush is not a war criminal, simply because the War in Iraq is actually not a "war" by definition. To achieve the latter, Congress would have had to officially declare war, which if my memory serves me correctly, has only been officially done five times in U.S. history. I just though you should know in lieu of your comment.

    February 27, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. bushvictim

    the republican party is the american version of the taliban ... watch out

    February 27, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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