President Obama's idea to call President George W. Bush on Tuesday before he speaks from the Oval Office about the end of combat operations in Iraq is a good one. And Obama has rightly concluded that the words "mission accomplished" won't be appropriate for tomorrow night's address. In what will be his second Oval Office address, Obama will thank our men and women in uniform — and their families — for their service and sacrifice in that more than seven-year-old war and acknowledge the challenges that remain. And he admits he will be taking credit as well for a promise kept. In his radio address this weekend Obama said he promised as a candidate to end the Iraq war. "As president this is what I am doing. We have brought home more than 90,000 troops since I toook office," Obama said.

But the choice of the Oval Office to draw attention to an issue most Americans are no longer focused on has guaranteed to focus attention on the fact that as the bad economic news keeps coming, Obama hasn't chosen to speak to the American people about the economy recently. The speech will also focus attention on the war in Afghanistan, which isn't going well and is rapidly losing support from the public as well as members of both parties in Congress. Finally, a dramatic moment of political theater will also focus on how Obama failed to support the 2007 surge credited with turning the war around.

According to a report in The Hill by Molly Hooper, House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom Rising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief This little engine delivers results for DC children MORE (R-Ohio) will respond to the president's remarks at the American Legion Convention in Milwaukee in what will be his second major address in less than two weeks. BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom Rising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief This little engine delivers results for DC children MORE will hit Obama hard about Israel, he will address Afghanistan and he will discuss how the successful surge strategy was opposed by Obama as well as then-Sen. Joe BidenJoe BidenTop adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 'Forever war' slogans short-circuit the scrutiny required of national security choices MORE (D-Del.), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again MORE (D-Nev.).

Given the state of Obama's presidency and his continuously plunging poll numbers, it's hard to believe he couldn't think of another way to acknowledge this transition, mark this ending and thank the troops.


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