Marking the end of combat missions in Iraq, President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday, saying that it is time for the country to "turn the page," and begin focusing more attention on domestic issues.
Obama spent much of the address speaking about the troubled economy, saying that the war in Iraq had pulled many resources away from this issue, and that the U.S. could now initiate an economic commitment equal to the scale and determination of a military campaign, according to The Associated Press.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that the move to end combat missions in Iraq shows that Obama has kept his campaign promise to end the war. "In doing so, we are moving closer to the day when Iraq’s future rests solely in the hands of the Iraqi people."
However, not everyone agreed with these sentiments. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) criticized the President’s leadership. He said that there had been a lot of talk in recent months about ending the military phase of the operation, "but we haven’t talked much about winning the war in Iraq," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.