End of U.S. combat mission in Iraq (December 2011)
I'll be blunt with you. After I made that speech in the palace with Maliki and Talabani, the president and prime minister, to Iraqi and American assembled troops, I left, got on the phone and called Barack, the president and said, "Thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do something that meant a great deal to me personally and to the country, to end this war in Iraq." That makes everything worthwhile in this job for me.
-- Vice President Joe Biden, Dec. 13, 2011
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