Barack Obama admitted there wasn't a difference between his view of the Iraq war and Bush's
In 2004, Obama agreed with Bush that U.S. troops were needed to stabilize Iraq
This claim is a distortion of a quote in a 2004 Chicago Tribune article. Obama was saying that his approach on Iraq did not differ much from Bush’s “at this stage” -- meaning that both believed that U.S. troops needed to stay in Iraq to stabilize the country. From the Tribune article:
Obama, the U.S. Senate candidate from Illinois, said he believes the Bush administration has lost too much credibility in the world community to administer the policies necessary to stabilize Iraq.
"On Iraq, on paper, there's not as much difference, I think, between the Bush administration and a Kerry administration as there would have been a year ago," Obama said during a luncheon meeting with editors and reporters of Tribune newspapers. "There's not that much difference between my position and George Bush's position at this stage. The difference, in my mind, is who's in a position to execute."
Obama, a state senator from Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, opposed the Iraq invasion before the war. But he now believes U.S. forces must remain to stabilize the war-ravaged nation -- a policy not dissimilar to the current approach of the Bush administration.