Before he made his announcement Friday about withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, President Barack Obama called Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as well as his predecessor in the White House, George W. Bush. The White House described the call to Bush as a courtesy.
Obama called al-Maliki from Air Force One en route to Camp Lejuene, according to the White House, and he called Bush from the base in North Carolina shortly before stepping on stage to spell out his plans.
It was a courtesy call, the White House said.
“Next month will mark the sixth anniversary of the war in Iraq,’’ Obama told the Marines. “By any measure, this has already been a long war.”