President Obama is planning a big week of commemorations of the end of the Iraq war, which his aides say is one of the biggest accomplishments of his presidency.
He has ordered all combat troops out of that country by year's end, fulfilling a campaign promise he made in 2008.
Democratic strategists say this will cement his support among anti-war Democrats and energize such voters on his behalf as he gears up his 2012 re-election campaign.
To mark the withdrawal, Obama is scheduled to meet today at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Tomorrow, Obama is to grant interviews with local television anchors from across the country about ending the Iraq war and other issues.
On Wednesday, the president and first lady Michelle Obama will address the troops at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. "The president will speak about the enormous sacrifices and achievements of the brave Americans who served in the Iraq war," said a White House spokesman, "and he will speak about the extraordinary milestone of bringing the war in Iraq to an end."