July 20th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
12 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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (1,001 Responses)
  1. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    Guess the Bush administration has the same computer skills as McCain.

    July 19, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Mary WA

    Too funny. Bush/McSame are trying to copy-cat Obama and make a stupid mistake that let the whole world know. Go Obama!!!

    July 19, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Watermann

    Is it already agony?

    July 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Geee Whizzzzz

    The world is listening........

    BAAA WAAA HA HAAAA !!!

    You cannot hide the truth.......

    July 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Taylor

    There we go! This is just the beginning. McSame loosing his bearings, and the WH sending emails to the wrong addressees. I am happy this guy is not in charge of the nuclear butt–on.

    July 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Frank Lee

    This pathetic administrration can't do anything right.

    On the plus side, at least they're consistent.

    July 19, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. a southern bell for OBAMA

    THE CHANEY-BUSH ADMINISTRATION DOESN'T HAVE A

    CHOICE BUT TO PROCEED WITH THE OBAMA PLAN. THE

    IRAQIS LEADERSHIP HAS INSISTED ON IT. MORE THAN A MILLION

    OF THEIR PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. ALMOST EVERY IRAQI

    HAS LOST A FAMILY MEMBER IN WHAT THEY CALL THE BUSH WAR.

    July 19, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Griff

    Was no doubt done on purpose, by a sleeper.... The Enemy in your midst....

    July 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. NPA

    For the past week, the Bush Administration and the McCain Campaign have been adopting Senator Obama's foreign policies. Bush is now talking to Iran, and McCain is asking that more troops be sent to the forgotten war in Afghanistan. What I would like to see are the emails of Bush's and McCain's new plans to steal Senator Obama's ideas and redressing those ideas as their own. How shameless!

    July 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. tigerakabj

    Well, well, well. Who's naive (and stupid) again MsSame? Even Bush now is following the leader.

    Obama/Sebilius 2008/2012.

    July 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Debby, NJ

    Go OBAMA Goooooo
    BARACK THE VOTE AMERICA !!!

    July 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. bill pike

    am i the only one who can spell stupid??? mcbush is wanted 100 years, Obama is wanting 16 months, and the leader of Iraq wants 16 months. Now what part of stupid have I missed??? you have to be in Iraq to know this war is illegal???? or that they don't want us there??? THE WHITE HOUSE AGREES WITH OBAMA, AND THAT FOLKS IS TREEEEMENDOUS.

    July 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Thomas, Illinois

    "Hit the wrong button?? Sure glad it wasn't the RED one...Obama 08

    July 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Mike

    Malike supports Obama. As does Hamas, Hezbollah, Tehran, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, Boliva and Cuba.

    July 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. cnn junkie

    as a 50year old republican,for the first time in my adult life i will be voting for a democrat.barack obama
    i am ashamed of being called a republican,guess obama had the judgement afterall.

    July 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. S. Boatman

    Mccain And Bush Want To Follow The Obama Plan So They Can Make It Seem Like They Are The Ones With Good Judgement! I Can Hear Mccain Flip Flopping Already!

    July 19, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Stacy Clarks

    CAN WE NOW SEE THAT OBAMA IS WHAT WE NEED?

    THE SUPPOSED EXPERT ON FOREIGN POLICY DOESNT EVEN KNOW WHAT COUNTRIES ARE IN EXISTANCE!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    I wonder what Senator McCain will have to say about this??? LOL.

    GOBAMA!!!
    Obama/Biden, 08

    July 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. JfromNC

    Now that's funny!

    July 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. s

    Another proof Obama is the guy for the 'job'.

    Always sound judgement from a smart leader.

    Obama '08!

    July 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. doc4nuts

    Seems as if Bush and McSenior are taking Obama's advice on Iraq; including the P.M. of the nation involved!

    July 19, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. whiner

    everyone wishes they were barack obama.even bush.

    July 19, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. S. Boatman

    This Shows That Obama Is The Best Person To Be The President!

    July 19, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Phil, FL

    Bush is 62 – he forgot - or he made a mistake - or ..........

    Sounds like the excuses we get from the 72 year old

    July 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Karen-phoenix

    It was not a mistake! Bush is doing everything Obama has said to do for the last 2 years!!! McCain had better stop negative adds. Its going to backfire on him. NO MORE ROVE politics. We are toooo smart now! Go Obama!!

    July 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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