Obama on State of the Union

Barack Obama appeared on NBC Today this morning with a response to the State of the Union Address by President Bush. Although asking for Congress and America to give the new plan in Iraq a chance to work, Obama said that the President has had over 3 years to fix the situation.

Obama called for a phased withdrawal of troops, after consulting with military leaders on how this would work. He also said that America has to work with the Iraqi Government, to make sure the conflict doesn't spill further in the region.

Obama has been against the war in Iraq from the beginning, and now his call for dimplomacy is being echoed by even senior Republicans in Congress.

Saying that there must be a change in how the Iraqis are viewing the situation, Obama opposes what he now sees as an open ended commitment by Bush.

He also gave credit to Hillary Clinton, calling her an "extraordinary public servant". He said that Democrats would have to make a decision on who could lead them with vision into the future.