On Dec. 14, 2011, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama delivered speeches at Fort Bragg, North Carolina that the White House posted under the headline: "Remarks by the President and First Lady on the End of the War in Iraq."
"It's harder to end a war than begin one," said Obama. "Indeed, everything that American troops have done in Iraq - all the fighting and all the dying, the bleeding and the building, and the training and the partnering - all of it has led to this moment of success.
"Now, Iraq is not a perfect place, Obama said. "It has many challenges ahead. But we're leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people. We're building a new partnership between our nations. And we are ending a war not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home.
"This is an extraordinary achievement, nearly nine years in the making," said Obama.
At the end of his speech, Obama said: "You helped forge a just and lasting peace with Iraq."
On the campaign trail eleven months later, just before the 2012 election, Obama repeated in Cincinnati on Nov. 4 what he had said earlier that day in Hollywood, Fla.
"But you know I say what I mean and I mean what I say," said Obama. "I said I'd end the war in Iraq. I ended the war in Iraq."
He repeated the same words the next day in Madison, Wisconsin, and Columbus, Ohio.
"But here's the thing, is you know I say what I mean and I mean what I say," Obama said in Hollywood, Florida on Nov. 4, 2012. "I said I'd end the war in Iraq--I ended it."
The statement was similar to many others Obama made on the campaign trail in the 2012 campaign."
He could have easily gotten a SOFA if he wanted it but as you can see he took credit for ending it - until it now when it shows that it was a massive mistake. So either he lied then or he lied in the recent announcement. But lying is is strong suit which is why he does it so often.