July 20th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 years ago

White House sends press corps al-Maliki praise for Obama plan

al-Maliki praised Obama’s 16-month withdrawal plan in a newspaper report Saturday.
al-Maliki praised Obama’s 16-month withdrawal plan in a newspaper report Saturday.

CRAWFORD, TX (CNN) – An embarrassing slip up for the White House press office Saturday, when an aide hit the wrong button and mistakenly sent to the news media a Reuters article saying Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki backs presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan.

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel says, "It was a mistake. Clips list for staff was supposed to be the addressee."

The Obama campaign quickly took advantage of the mistake, forwarding an ABC report detailing the incident to its press list.

This is not the first time the White House has emailed in error. But its timing is particularly embarrassing as the Bush administration's recent agreement with al-Maliki on a "general time horizon" for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq is being cited by some as resembling Obama's proposal that U.S. forces should leave within 16 months.


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  1. BAnderson

    Does anyone take in to consideration that Senator's McCain claim that he has been to the Middle East eight times is only because he knew that he was planning on running for president in 2008 and he wanted to get a jump on everyone else. He probably would have made the same claim against any other opposition candidate. This guy has been running for the White House since 2000 and when he says that Barack Obama will do and say anything to get elected. Isn't that what he is doing?

    July 20, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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