President Barack Obama's Oval Office address to the nation marked the end of the official combat role for U.S. troops in Iraq. But "many challenges remain," he said in the 18-minute speech Tuesday night.
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The president has only made one other Oval Office address during his presidency — to discuss the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
So this is a fairly rare event in a presidency, much rarer than full-dress press conferences which, in this administration, are actually fairly rare events, too.
The president indicated earlier Tuesday that he had no intention of declaring victory. But he did want to acknowledge that the U.S. has achieved a milestone in Iraq as it heads for the exit, seven years after the fateful invasion of the Middle Eastern nation.
That invasion was led by the administration of Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush. And Obama said he spoke to Bush earlier in the day:
"It's well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush's support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security. As I have said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it. And all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hope for Iraq's future."
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