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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/19/art.maliki.gi.jpg caption="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. Seyi

    After 7 years of an unjust ified war, thery're starting to see the light 6 months to go?
    The Bush administration has to go down as the worst administration in recent times.
    They will never admit that Obama's plan is essentially what they're executing now. McCain really needs to watch out on this foreign policy issue, he's done nothing but support the stubborn plans of the bush administration regarding to middle east.
    And who's a better commander-in-chief?
    John McCain may be old and have a long senate record, but 1st impressions aren't always correct.

    July 19, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Donna

    That wasn't a mistake...they knew they pressed that button...lol....even the White House knows Obama's plan makes sense....

    July 19, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Our future President Obama knows what he is doing!

    July 19, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Danel

    That's show that Obama is right all along. For the junior senator from Illinois and less time in the senate he has demonstrated that he is intellegent and with the judgement to lead. That my friends we can take it to the bank.

    July 19, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. JB

    too funny. you couldn't write this stuff. Obama is obviously the more in tune with this country's problems at home and abroad. Tick, tock, only a matter of time now until Mr. Obama gets his chance to lead us as President of the United States of America. Just wait until you see his momentum build up from his overseas trip. I am about o make my first donation to the Obama camp. Personally, I would like to see Nunn as his VP and once that happen, McCain is complete toast.

    July 19, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Wood

    Yep.. ! U think that was an accident? :)))))

    July 19, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Dave O. Fairfax, VA

    Obama's critics love to ask, 'what's Obama ever done – he's all talk.' Well, to anybody who is paying attention what he has done is that he's managed to be right on the major issues of our times. Iraq, Afghanistan, the Economy, the Environment; he's right on every score. John McCain should spend less time attacking Obama on questions of character and experience and more time studying the issues that effect real people. Obama is the right person to lead this country in these perilous times – not because of ideology – but because he's right on the issues!

    July 19, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Bajanluv, Newport Newss


    July 19, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Reality Check

    The truth will out, but in the case of the Bush administration, it only happens by mistake.

    Obama took the lead in setting U.S. foreign policy last year when he said he would take action (not bomb, not invade) along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border in order to capture/kill Osama Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda terrorists. Obama was criticized for his position. This year, the U.S. used drones to bomb and kill Al Qaeda in that region. Son of a gun!

    Obama took the lead in setting U.S. foreign policy when he said he would talk to (no, that's NOT appeasement) our enemies. Obama was criticized for his position. The U.S. is now in talks with North Korea and Iran.

    Obama took the lead in setting U.S. foreign policy when he said we need to establish a timeline in order to get U.S. troops out of Iraq. Obama was criticized for his position. New the Bush administration is advocating a "time horizon" (give me a break) in order to remove our troops from Iraq.

    Obama took the lead in setting U.S. foreign policy when he said that Afghanistan should be our focus on the war against terrorists and that we should move enough troops there for a surge. Obama was criticized for his position. Now, his opponents are are saying the same thing!

    Obama knows more about intelligent and effective foreign policy than any of his opponents. THEY FOLLOW HIS LEAD!

    Whose foreign policy credentials need enhancement? Obviously, not Obama's!

    July 19, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Damond, Orlando

    Good job CNN, but this should be breaking news! Lets hope it gets more attention during the prime news hours. We all know FIXED News won't report it.

    July 19, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. MD at CT

    Stop waisting money and American lives in Iraq.

    The Bush "Crusades" will have no better results than prior crusades.

    Forget a slows partial withdrawal. The last units left will be fighting for their lives. Give a date for withdrawal based on the timetable of the needs of the United States (such as in July 2009) so the Iraqi government can make plans as needed. The United States is a poor friend and an even worse enemy. We give unclear messages that cause nothing but confusion and resentment. As a would-be "parent" to the world, child protection should remove us for the lousy way we establish rules and boundries.

    July 19, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Robert New York City & Miami, Florida

    From the Idiot President down to Barney the Dog, these people are so incompetent; this is not funny. What a mess!

    Sadly, Obama is not the candidate needed most, and McCain will take over and the spiral down the toilet will continue.

    July 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Brian from Chicago

    I like how the white house is starting to go along a lot of Obama's policies. Agreeing to a timetable in Iraq and also having face to face talks with Iran are both Obama ideas and stances that the republicans spoke out against. Now, they are seeing the light...

    July 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. The Independent One

    More stupidity from the white house....I'm so suprised.

    July 19, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Cameron


    July 19, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Efi, Hutschison MN

    Awesome! to see Bush and McCain join Obama's position on all foriegn affairs issues. This administration has been a complete failure and Mccain wants to add to that failure. The US needs to work on it's image abroad and on the economy at home. McCain will be a failure in foriegn affairs and on the economy.

    July 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Fred

    If the White House sent an e-mail by mistake, don't take advantage.
    We will see how the actual troop withdrawal plays out when the time
    comes. I thank the Iraqi Prime Minister is only saying what he is saying
    do to added pressure from many... The troop withdrawal doesn't seem
    that close in the future, though I would love to see it happen tomorrow if
    it were possible, but the reality is that it won't .... Bush dug us into this
    war and it probably won't end that soon... We can hope and pray, but
    with all that is going on , I don't thank so... So lets get real Obama
    camp, I don't thank that the great Obama can even make that happen,
    so don't take credit so soon... So far you haven't convinced my family
    and myself as well as other voting Democrats that you can do the job.
    You lake experience as a leader.. Talking is cheap, but can you do the
    job... We have more faith in what Senator McCain can do... At least
    he doesn't change his mind and give us any false hope of when our
    troops will come home .... We don't even see it happening in the next
    presidency, as to why we want a leader that has experience to get us
    out of this situation in a timely manner. We support our troops and want them home as badly as anyone else.. Some of our family is over
    their, but they even agree that this will take some time.. It took us just
    a few days to get into this , they believe that getting out isn't going to happen within the next few years... In our extended family we have over
    100 plus democratic voters and so far we do not see anything in Senator Obama except false hope and promises.. We can only hope
    that something he says can turn us in his direction, but all we see at
    present is nothing....So McCain is our candidate and has been ever since Hillary was bounced and there is at present know changing our minds. We know alot of voters that feel the same way.. We don't pay
    attention to the polls, as they can be very misleading... The polls are
    controlled by the media , and oh how many times has the media been

    July 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Lovely in VA

    Just giving credit where credit is due.

    July 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Texans for Obama

    Lord, I am sure Bush and company did not want this to leak out to the world. Obama has been the person with the judgment, intelligence, and looks like to me the one with the most experience. How can we expect dummies like Bush and McCain, who were "terrible students in college to have any intelligence.

    You cannot (buy) intelligence or good common sense. I don't want a stupid person running this country anymore! America, is in shambles because of the dummy we have now as President. Then, there are people who want to elect another dummy because they don't want to vote for a black man. al-Maliki wants a time table to get the troops out and his plan resembles Barack's. Who has the good judgement? Barack , the vote. It will be a LANDSLIDE WIN!!

    July 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. D A Zaccaro

    Sounds Freudian to me.

    July 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. dustin

    Obama out front and right on yet another issue in iraq, even if the white house uses the frank luntz type term in saying "general time horizon"

    July 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. robinspp

    Obama is the future. He knows more about the world than anybody in the white house.

    July 19, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Brian Toll

    The Bush Administration: Screwing up for the benefit of America and the entire free world.

    July 19, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. rg

    This is great news. Sometimes, oddly, the press doesn't cover something this big – Iraq's agreement that Obama's plan is in fact the better plan and in fact a victory, not a surrender. Even the White House didn't send out BS talking points – they sent this. So maybe we can all agree – this is good for Iraq, good for the US and good for Obama.

    July 19, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Charles Dragonette

    With Iraq calling for timetable discussions it isn't a surprise that the Administration has to at least pretend to be listening (and McCain starnegly silent on one of cornerstone issues). We have no idea if Obama will prove to be a man of his word; we already have ample evidence in that regard for the Bush administration. I'd say there's alot less similarity betwene plans than meets the media eye.

    July 19, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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