Obama "turn the page" quote famous 'Bob Seger' tune
"You can listen to the engine moanin' out his one note song....But your thoughts will soon be wandering The way they always do When you're ridin' sixteen hours And there's nothin' much to do And you don't feel much like ridin', You just wish the trip was through. There I go again, Turn the page."
But as the entire world witnessed last evening President Obama did make the decision to pull forces permanently from Iraq and will start the process of removal in Afghanistan sometime next year.
This morning on the news Arizona Senator John McCain (R) commented on the public address given by the president. He told reporters he didn't think it was necessary for Obama to mention former Pres. George W. Bush in his speech and that the negative comment was better left unsaid.
"Sen. John McCain, who ran against Obama in the 2008 general election and an early proponent of a troop surge in Iraq, said on Fox News: "What [Obama] should have said: 'I opposed the surge. I was wrong. I made a mistake and George W. Bush deserves credit for doing something that was very unpopular at the time.' " McCain added, "Instead he had to say it's well known that George Bush loves the troops."
McCain was opposed to revealing sensitive information to the "enemy" before the due date of withdrawal and criticized Obama for his announcements regarding the future halt of the Afghanistan combat by the U.S.
Twice during his Oval Office speech, President Barack Obama's emotions seemed to upstage the words he was addressing to the nation about the formal end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq. Obama's familiar professorial tone Tuesday night dropped somberly when he paid tribute to the more than 4,400 American service members who lost their lives there, and it leaped when he declared with more than a hint of exasperation that "it is time to turn the page." If his most repeated theme was praise and gratitude for troops whose mission is "completed" in Iraq, the speech, less than 20 minutes in length, was all about transitions: from a military focus on Iraq to one aimed at ending the threat of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan; from being a nation at war to one focused on the "most urgent task" of restoring the economy; from confronting U.S. enemies through war to a strategy grounded in diplomacy that includes this week's new push for peace in the Middle East.
President Obama's speech Tuesday night marking the end of combat operations in Iraq drew a largely -- but not universally -- negative response from Republicans. One particular sticking point for many Republicans was the president's failure to tip his cap to the apparent success in Iraq of the counterinsurgency "surge" strategy -- authored by Gen. David Petraeus and implemented by President George W. Bush over the objections of many Democrats, including then-Senators and presidential candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
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