POTUS: "We did exactly what we said we were going to do in Libya"
President Obama meets with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway in the Oval Office of the White House October 20, 2011. Obama thanked Stoltenberg for Norway's contribution to the NATO mission in Libya. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
October 20th, 2011
06:16 PM ET

POTUS: "We did exactly what we said we were going to do in Libya"

President Obama hosted Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway in the Oval Office this afternoon, thanking him for his country's help in the NATO mission in Libya and offering his condolences for the large scale attack that took place in his country earlier this year. In regards to Norway's role in NATO's operations, Obama said that the relatively small Scandinavian country "punches above its weight" when it comes to air support and military assistance. The president also answered one question on whether Gadhafi's death vindicated his approach to the situation in Libya, here's his answer in full:

"There's no doubt that we did exactly what we said we were going to do in Libya, and I think it underscores the capacity of us to work together as an international community. The United States obviously has unique capacities and we are proud of the leadership we showed in that process, but increasingly wherever we have the possibility of working with outstanding partners like Norway then I think that we're going to be even more effective.

“And the United States will always preserve its right and duty to protect ourselves, our allies and our interests, but I think what this shows is that on a whole range of international issues there is an enormous capacity and we are able to leverage greater resources, more effectiveness at lower cost when we're able to work together. And so I'm very proud of the work that did on this operation.

“Most importantly I'm proud of what the Libyan people have achieved and I think they've got enourmous opportunity ahead of them. They've got a lot of challenges as well, but we have no given them the opportunity to determine their own destiny and that's something that we've seen across North Africa and the Arab world that there's nothing unique in aspiring to freedom and human rights and democracy. This is something that all people want to enjoy and I'm very pleased that the Libyan people are going to have the opportunity to do so."

Topics: Libya • NATO • President Obama

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  1. Jay in NC

    Like Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, Libya will fester into a cesspool of terrorism.

    October 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • jean2009

      As per usual Jay=anti-American.

      October 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • Trace

      Always count on Jay to make the "village idiot comment" each and every time.

      October 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      "We did exactly what we said we were going to do in Libya" = Mission Accomplished.

      Saddam Hussein was captured in December 2003. The Iraq war continued for 8 more years.
      Gadhafi's body is still warm. Maybe the president should wait a while before he claims victory.

      October 21, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  2. Dee

    `Jean you are correct he is always negative.

    Now for all the naysayers the President did a good job this is why he got the NOVEL PEACE PRIZE SO DESERVING.

    October 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • david mann

      Another example of intelligent Foreign Policy crafted by this administration vs the Gonzo cowboy "kill everything that moves" diplomacy by Dubya and Demonic Dick. So far Obama 5 clear successes...Bushy 00000.

      October 21, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  3. Dee


    October 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  4. Trace

    I'm convinced some people like Jay are too dense to see a successful foreign policy looks like.

    Hey Jay, Did you know that besides Bin Laden (another dead guy courtesy of our POTUS), Ghaddafi killed more Americans that did any other living terrorist? And you are SO Un-American, Not only are you wrong but you assure everyone that you contribute nothing to any conversation except Faux news stupidity.

    Grow up, Become a real american, Cheer for the home team, instead of being a big dummy.

    October 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yeah! 'YOU BIG DUMMY'!! As per the late 'Red Fox' and every intelligent AMERICAN, Liberal or Conservative. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!! YOU GO!!

    October 21, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Did you make Bush wait when He got SADDAM? I don't think so! Obviously you should've! Why didn't you all request him to wait? Oh! I know! Whatever else was to transpire in IRAQ, GWBs' mission was to get SADDAM! BTW, you and the rest of your anti-OBAMA 'KLAN' have kicked, screamed and hollered about OBAMAs' promise to bring the troops home from IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN! Well, he announced he would bring them home by the years end, and here you cons are diminishing the notion and even whining about that!

    October 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  7. Trace

    @ Jay and Howard

    crickets – LOL . Wow it must be hard to think up stupidity to criticize this president. But given your continuing vaccuous comments, you two will continue trying. Good luck with that. Following ignorance isn't very popular these days.

    October 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
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