Kevin Drum flags this from a pool report:
Then he told the kids he was opening the floor to questions, and proceeded to take more than double the number of questions than he took at his press conference….One child ask him about iraq and he said he plans to have troops home in a year and a half.
To repeat, I’ve heard a lot of conservative crowing over the past month from conservatives about the idea that Barack Obama is backing away from his pledge for strategic redeployment from Iraq. Max Boot, for example, asserted that Robert Gates staying on at the Pentagon “all but puts an end to the 16-month timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.” Obama seems to feel otherwise. And he’s the president.