It was odd staging when President Obama announced a new war for the United States today. He did so on the lawn of the White House rather than behind a desk in the Oval Office. He was about to depart for the climate summit in New York.
Everything in the visual was fine, until he walked away as reporters shouted questions.
This prompted us to look back at how other recent presidents announced military attacks.
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush launched the first war in Iraq, which had invaded Kuwait.
In 1998, President Clinton lobbed cruise missiles into Iraq. And sat alone on camera to tell us about it.
Three years later, Oct. 7, 2001, President George W. Bush announced we were at war in Afghanistan.
In 2003, the Oval Office was the scene again when Bush announced war in Iraq.