Anyone taking bets on the Iraq:Jobsjobsjobs ratio in U.S. President Obama's address to the nation Tuesday evening? He's widely expected to announce the formal end of the combat mission in Iraq during his televised address.
Some 50,000 soldiers remain stationed in the Middle Eastern country, to provide assistance and training of Iraq's own military should the need remain. They're fully kitted out and could jump into any battle if required. But, in principle, the war is over.
Meanwhile, back on American soil, people still fret over the fragile state of the recovering economy. Seems things are lining up as well as hoped.
And so here you have a President who was sworn into office in the midst of two overseas wars, a host of other hotspot problems and a crashing and burning economy. What's a POTUS to do?
The NYTimes's Peter Barker has a great piece this weekend exploring how Obama had to learn - and learn quick - what it means to be a war time prez... even as he rails against being defined by military conflicts. Regarding the wars, Barker writes:
Mr. Obama sees them as "problems that need managing," as one adviser put it, while he pursues his mission of transforming America.
So. Big speech Tuesday night. Literally will be a promised kept, having stated in the past that the campaign will end on August 31st, 2010. So the troops are coming out and the economy's in the tank.
It'll be interesting to watch how he puts them together. I'm going with a 30:70 War:Economy split in the speech. Here's hoping he can at least count on technology to get the message through, unlike earlier today: