POTUS Announces The End of Iraq Combat Operations
Matt | On 01, Sep 2010
President Obama took to every open airwave he could find on Tuesday night to announce that combat operations in Iraq have ended! *does a jumping jack*
But, before we break out the streamers and confetti, please know that we still have 50,000 troops over there supporting the Iraqi security forces and American civilians. That number is still way too high for my liking, but hey, you can’t have it all. In the speech, the President says that ALL troops will be out of Iraq by next summer. Hmm .. *side-eye* Really Mr. President?
The speech itself was relatively brief and to the point. The war in Iraq as we have known it is over. We are in a support role now. The U.S. is flat broke. Our spending was jacked up on this pointless war. We lagged in supporting and upgrading ourselves. We have not properly handled education, manufacturing, job creation and other basic principles of a decent society.
In short, we’ve gotta get our own house in order. You know, it’s all of the things we already knew, but lawmakers are just now publicly admitting. Of course, you can watch the clip to see how POTUS said that in a much more governmental and professional way than I did.
There were a few unrelated asides I noted from the speech. Who the hell is doing his makeup? I know it was 8:00 p.m. But, they made him up damn near like a corpse for the speech. He was two shades darker than I remember him. The sun at Martha’s Vineyard is NOT that strong during his vacation.
Also, I don’t like how it seems he looked down on us when he’s talking. Yeah, he’s the President, but again, it was 8:00 p.m. Lose the desk and unbutton the top of that shirt. The camera angle in the beginning SUCKED and there weren’t enough close-ups. This is not a board room, it’s TV for the American people. You know we have short attention spans. We care more about aesthetics than substance. C’mon Barack…
Those are my two cents. I received a few good messages on our Twitter page after I watched the speech late last night. Feel free to tweet me your thoughts as well.