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. John Briner

    Hard to beleive that slip ups like this still occur. Good to see there's some humans left in politics... lol

    John Briner
    Los Angeles

    July 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Venus

    Well – I hope this stays! Watch... Bush and McSame will try and twist what Iraq wants and convice them that our troops need to stay even though they want our troops out!

    Can't wait to see McSame's face and hear from his campgaign!

    Ha,ha,ha! Where's all the media talking heads? Go Obama! This is a major blow to McSame and Bush!

    July 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Anu, Phoenix, AZ

    Hahaha! It's so funny that the spokesman admitted it was a mistake. The WH would HATE to do anything to support Obama. And isn't it ironic that after the Iraqi PM praised Obama's plan, the WH came up with its "own plan"? Trying to take credit for Obama's work. Go Obama!

    July 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Clevin Giles

    In time the world will all follow this leader!

    July 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. A McNeal Atlanta

    Even the Iraqi's agree that Obama has laid out a tentative plan that will be best for both America and Iraq. Its time that we as American's make the correct decision and put someone in the White House that is intelligent and has the capacity to make sound decisions. Intelligence and prudence should lead America over the next four years, or I fear we will end up in an even larger disaster.

    God Bless America.

    July 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Stephy

    If Iraq doesn't want us there, why don't we leave. everything happens for a reason. I believe this email was suppose to get out.

    July 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Cissy MG

    The truth will find its way to the light, always, even by mistake! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been quite obvious, recently, that the White House is following Obama's leadership.

    July 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Jay

    Of course it is Obama modus operandi, to take credit for anything and everything, especially other peoples mistakes. He is a fraud.

    July 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Dinesh

    You can make that big of a mistake in the White House? Who do they hire, people who can't clearly see? I can imagine them scrolling down their contacts list... Gordon Brown, Staff, Press. Isn't the White House a little more high tech then my home email?

    July 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Deborah in Texas

    Well, well. If I understand correctly Reuters news service ran an article saying Iraq (Maliki) endose Barrack's plan for US withdrawl.....but that the Bush people unintentionally released the story to the rest of the media in an e-mail that was mis-routed. Um!!!...let's see now. the Us is now talking directly to Iran. Israel is negotiating with Hezbelloa through Turkey. The Maliki government wants a time "Horizon" for US withdrawl. They endorse Obama's plan. Poor McBush. He'd better get George to bomb bomb Iran pretty soon before things get completely out of hand . Or maybe he's counting on a big terroist hit on the Us to rescue his fortunes.

    July 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Kelly

    Maliki said if things go positively. Maliki said it was conditions based. McCain the military commanders are for turning over to iraqi security forces based on iraqis being able to take over. The U.S military commanders on the ground are against Obama's plan.

    July 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Dave, Illinois

    The only reason we are at a point where we can discuss drawing down our troops through VICTORY is because of the surge strategy that Obama was against. Lets not forget that!

    July 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Holden Litgo

    Of the dozens of mistakes this administration has made, this is the first that will have a positive effect. I'm sure they're kicking themselves.

    July 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Rachel, Nashville TN

    Wow!!! The stupidity of the Bush White House knows no bounds.

    Well, it's great that Maliki will give Obama political support when he becomes president. I'm sure he is as ready for this madness to end as we were!!!

    July 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. steve

    I bet the white house staffer did this on purpose.

    OBAMA 2008

    July 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. john

    PS who would make the best commander in chief oh yes that would be Barack Obama.

    July 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Pepou

    The Bush administration is dumb, dumber and dumbest. I can't wait to see Obama in the White House, restoring pride and confidence in this country.

    July 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Andrew

    As much as I support Obama's plan for ending the war, I don't think this really means anything. Maliki is inept and corrupt, and his support for anything should be taken with a grain of salt.

    July 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Jake

    So Maliki supports Obama's plan for Iraq and not McCain's? The GOP is done. It's over.

    July 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Edith Arkansas

    Right on Al Maliki agrees with Obama's Plan. It remains to see how McCAIN and the Whitehouse will twist and spin this one. Who looks Presidental now!!!!! Great work forever Obama Jan.20, 2009. God Bless.

    July 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Rob, Charlotte, North Carolina

    You can't stop the revolution!

    July 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. don

    oops. the truth will set u free.

    July 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Rose

    Obama's withdrawal plan would have fallen like a ton of bricks if the surge had not worked. He was against the surge from the onset and just does not want to admit that it worked. He did nothing to help our Military except be critical of everything that was being done, he even voted against funding the military and that is unforgiveable!!!!

    July 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. BostonBoy

    I guess they mistakenly admitted the obvious.

    July 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. CaliGirl

    LOL!!! Too funny!!!

    July 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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