Obama calls official end to Iraq War

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Obama in Oval Office

Obama spoke to America from the Oval Office last night and announced that the war in Iraq – Operation Iraqi Freedom – is finally over. The last remaining troops are being shipped home and a total military evacuation is expected by next summer.

Overall, an awesome speech. He even sold out the entire platform for the war (ostensibly):

[Iraqis] have rejected sectarian war, and they have no interest in endless destruction.  They understand that, in the end, only Iraqis can resolve their differences and police their streets.  Only Iraqis can build a democracy within their borders.  What America can do, and will do, is provide support for the Iraqi people as both a friend and a partner.

Obama also mentioned how he disagreed with Bush over the war, but tied a nice bow around it by noting Bush has a "love of country," (and little else) which was the right amount of dutiful respect and back-handed flattery.

Of course, he took this opportunity to blow the war trumpet for Afghanistan and mentioning how he's going to fix the economy, which is nice. During these moments, try to fixate on the family portrait of Michelle, Sasha, Malia and himself on the mantle.


And, dig this photo of the address from the White House blog.

We have a press corp peeping tom.