This article is the twenty-second in a continuing series chronicling the unfolding history of the Obama Administration. The writer's opinions are not offered, leaving the readers to arrive at their own conclusions.
"As Commander-in-Chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home. These are the resources that we need to seize the initiative, while building the Afghan capacity that can allow for a responsible transition of our forces out of Afghanistan." Barack Obama, President of the United States of America__December 1, 2009
Day312/Dec1st/Tuesday: The President met with Nobel Laureates and their families in the Oval Office of the White House.
The President spoke with Pakistani President Asif Zardari by telephone. Source
The President and Vice President Joe Biden met with United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the Oval Office.
The President and Vice President Joe Biden met with Congressional Leadership in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to discuss the Obama Administration's strategy in Afghanistan.