July 20th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
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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. s.positive

    I guess America is better of with Obama's Judgement after all...

    July 19, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Lisa Please!!!

    Lisa in VA
    That Lisa chick is so nutty she makes me want to change my name
    nutty? that____is beyond repair Let's give her to Jessie Jackson he like nuts!!!

    July 19, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Wood

    Let's see what these idiot PUMA's have to say.. it's all coming to fruition..
    Get over it, Clintonistas! Join the movement!

    July 19, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Wayne

    I knew there was something wrong with them finally doing something right!

    July 19, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Frank D

    Obama has been right on a wide range of issues including national security and foreign policy. They have started following Obama's plan -from taking out terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, talk with Iran, timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, refocusing on Afghanistan, etc. They won't just admit that he is getting these things right even before they become popular. This is what judgment and visionary leadership stand for.

    July 19, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Texas Trail Dog

    What, no praise for McBush?

    Obama's plan was right all along and is still the best course of action.

    The only people who doubt this fact are those who want the war to continue, like Bush and his admin.

    July 19, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Jeffrey

    Actually, thinking about it some more, this is not very funny. Al-Maliki approves of Obama's plan, but it's a mistake for the White House to let anybody know about it? I thought that Bush et al are interesting in helping Iraq? This just offers more proof that Bush and his American SS are only interested in their own agenda.

    July 19, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. rawash

    not so much an "accident" than it is a guilty conscience

    July 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Mike in NYC

    Withdrawing the troops is a good idea. Someone will have to fight Obama's war when he gets around to starting one.

    July 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Aaron

    LOL!!! Well, it took eight years, but now the White House is finally wising up. C'mon fellas! Drop yer fear-mongering tactics and join the winning team! That way you can say you did at least one positive thing in all these years. Obama '08!!!

    July 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Tuoyo, pikesville md

    LOL is all i can say..freudan slip ?

    July 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. NormK

    Sounds like the White House is not denying the e-mail content, just that they accidently let it get out. What a shame, as this just may be the first truth to come out of the White House this year.

    July 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. William, from Cali!

    What's the big deal here. If its the truth, and it's what he said, what is the harm. Someone made an "error in judgment", by hitting the wrong button, and sending a truthful message to the wrong party.............Let's stop and think about this for a moment. What if we decide to leave Iraq too soon; then have to go back ,and finish the job that we left undone. Because we thought it was "ill- advised" in the first place, to have gone there. Not knowing the ramifications of our actions. Hindsight is a luxury, for some; but for "men of vision" it;s just an afterthought..............

    July 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. S Callahan

    God always has the upper hand in these things 🙂
    Blessed be the peacemakers......

    July 19, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Ben

    Iraqis want us to go home. The American public wants us to go home. Not a good time to be running for President with a 100-year-war policy.

    July 19, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Colin -- Southern California

    I don't think that White House press office aide "mistakenly" sent that message! LOL 🙂

    I think it was someone with a conscience.

    Obama for president!... That would be glorious! - for America, and for the world!

    July 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Nyle

    lol... lemme see how spin masters work this one!!
    Obama 08!!

    July 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. JA Cook

    The Bush Administration had a momentary lapse of honesty.

    They've picked up on several of Obama's ideas and proposals, including attacks on terrorist targets in Pakistan, talking with the Iranians and in establishing a timeline to withdraw troops from Iraq.

    The "novice" seems to know what to do well before his "seniors" .

    July 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Richard

    When will America see that Obama is out best hope. What will it take?

    July 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Handlethis

    This goes to show that judgement outways experience in most circumstances.

    July 19, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. McCain = War

    Those internetz can turn on you when you least expect it. We can feel a lot better now that McCain is 'watching' them now from time to time.

    July 19, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Phil in Texas

    Wow!!! This is great!!!

    July 19, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Kyle in San Diego

    "Aide... mistakenly..."

    HA! Right! I'm starting to believe that Bush is throwing McCain under the bus and trying to salvage whatever chance he has left of leaving the White House on a good note. This just may be his attempt at bettering his legacy for the history books–like that's really possible. LoL...

    Anywho... Obama '08!!

    July 19, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. David from CA

    If al-Maliki agres with Obama and, as we all Know, Obama knows nothing about foreign policy, then does this mean that we sould depose his government as well? I'm sure after deposing enough freely elected governments we're bound to get one that understands Iraq as well as Mcain and the Bush administration. It's all part of "democracy on the march".

    July 19, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. SAGG

    Hee-hee! You are absolutely right, sir!!

    July 19, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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