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.


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  1. TEXAS FOR OBAMA

    It is so wonderful to see the pictures coming back to CNN with Barack and our troops. Barack didn't just score 3 points, he has scored a win in November. I'm so proud of him and for what he is going to do for the USA and other countries.

    Barack Obama is going to be one of our greatest Presidents' in history.

    July 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Fred

    As usual, when the opposition has a well received plan, Bush and company will turn it around and proclaim the idea as theirs!

    July 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Dems

    And I'm sure the Obama-Bots will be all over this even though Obama himself made a fool of himself when he criticized the surge as a failure. He was so wrong on the surge that his campaign has removed all of Obama's negative and wrong comments about the surge from his website.

    He also promised to immediately withdraw our troops from Iraq. He made this promise to secure the nomination because he needed the support of the McGovern/Mondale wing of the party. Now that he has the nomination sewn up, he has decided to change his mind and he is now saying he will look at conditions on the ground, speak to the commanders in the field before he decides when and how to withdraw...which is exactly what Bush and McCain have been saying all along. No wonder the far-left loons are out of their minds.

    Obama = Jimmy Carter II

    July 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY!

    FOR SALE – AMERICAN PRESIDENCY!

    How about if we elect a President the old fashioned way - through fair and honest elections, based upon the candidate's actual patriotism, experience, judgment, and service to country - instead of who is more of a showman, or who can raise more money - and, therefore, buy the Presidency (like Barack Hussein Obama did in the primaries) - and is trying to do in the general election.

    Where did Obama’s money come from? How much came from his terrorists friends and foreign countries?

    Why is he in Europe? Is he getting more money? Europeans can’t vote for President of the U.S.

    Why won’t he participate in town hall meetings with “Americans”?

    How much did this trip cost? What is this trip costing the American Enonomy? Why does he need 300 advisors? Do they put a piece in his ear and feed his speech to him?

    McCain has been over there eight times - the biased media did not report it - they certainly did no go with him.

    I’m voting for John McCain.

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

    Last week republicans said no to timetables, now they are talking about time horizons that they supports. What is the difference. It's about time something is being done. Additionally the Bush Administration is now talking to Iran. Sounds like Obama is wearing on the Bush Presidency.

    July 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. John Smith

    How can the people of this nation ever turn their backs on Obama after this guy has shown "good judgement" time and time again? Could it simply be due to the color of his skin?

    Obama has taken on the best of senators, including Hillary (and even presidents, including Bill and Bush) and he still has not been given the credit that he is due. How much more does a black man need to do to prove his/her worth in this nation?

    July 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. mag from NC

    Let see how they would spin it.

    July 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Paul

    LMAO. Pwnt.

    July 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Binh

    Have you seen the Rice interview? lol She would not use the term "timetable" but instead forcefully regurgitates "time horizon"... Hilarious..

    July 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Tom in Utica, NY

    The way the WH keeps adopting Obama's foreign policy has me LOL hysterically. If they keep it up we won't even have to elect him. But I guess we should just in case.

    July 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Matt

    This is such BS, everyone has been wanting to get out of Iraq. Republicans and McCain have been saying they want to leave upon success in Iraq. Success has come because of the surge. Obama opposed the surge, he wanted to leave during the middle of the so called, "CIVIL WAR". Him Pelosi and Harry Reid. If Obama was in charge, we'd be paying $10 a gallon for gas. He's gonna cave to world leaders and jeopardize American interests. We need to finish Iraq the right way, so we never have to go back. Listen to General Petraus.

    It scares me to think of the new Government. Obama, Pelosi, Harry Reid. Where are the brains in this outfit? Simply reckless.

    July 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Connie

    Boy I bet John McBush wished that the white house would have lost this e-mail. Funny how the whole world will be watching to see if the American voter will be stupid enough to put John McBush in for a third Bush term.I did not put the first or second Bush in office and I will not be putting the third one in either. Barack Hussein Obama 08

    Connie"Hussein"Sturgeon from Indiana

    July 19, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Dan from Kitchener

    White house leaks.............sound familiar? John McCain ridicules George Bush to make political points in a triangular campaign. White house makes an error and send an email to press on al Maliki's support for Barak Obama's Iraqi withdrawl plan.

    Not as damaging a leak as the one on the CIA operative that could have cost her life but should certainly make McCain a political dead duck.

    McCain's penchant for belittling people to cover up his own inadequacies may be his road for self destruction. He just hasn't got what it takes to make a good impression.

    July 19, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. john

    Sounds like the WH has an Obama spy already in place,what a shame U.S.A. is going to fall on it's face in my life.Maybe I can die before all these Obama cult members take over!!! The blind leading the blind.As a father of 5 boy's 3 have been to war,one is there now,how dare we disgrace them buy even thinking of putting someone with,his view's about how the world see's the bomb's bursting in air a oppresive.I dont approve of any of the choices we had this year,with obama the worst of the CULT!! rember not god bless americia but god beep' us.I musta missed that part in the bible

    July 19, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. The First Apostle

    Obama will lead this country to greatness and lead us all to everlasting peace.

    He gains the approval of world leaders because he isn't about policing the world. He focuses on internal affairs, unlike McSame who's campaign has a cornerstone of national security and instilling fear into the public.

    July 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Kate

    While the White House mistake is a funny story, the REAL story is that even the Iraqi leaders realize that Obama (the candidate with supposedly less forein policy experience and military know-how) is more in tune with what is needed in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East and has a better plan for dealing with Bush's abject failures.

    July 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Arnold A

    wake up smell the coffee...... lack of the much talked of experince seams to be talking more strategic sence.

    July 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. democrat

    Maybe Obama can learn something. He thinks he is a rock star and wants all the media and camera's on him nonstop. Give me a break! He will never beat McCain because he has no political experience. He just likes to look and talk into a camera. The media should stop covering him like a rock star which he is not. He needs to learn how to answer questions and stop flip flopping on every issue. It is McCain for me and many other Democrat's because McCain has the experience this country needs. Go McCain.......

    July 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. David

    Wow if *this* White House is so careless about it's use of electronic communications can you imagine what it would be like if McCain was in office? He said he doesn't even know how to use a computer! Yikes.

    Maybe he would send the carrier pigeon in the wrong direction?

    July 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Larry ... You are too dumb to live. It's a miracle that you have sence enough to eat and breathe. Tell me .. do you ever watch the history channel? What? never heard of it? Right. You are so clueless you couldn't even buy a clue with hard cash.

    July 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Rob indetroit

    Again Obama proves he has knowledge and wisdom, He would make a fine president.

    July 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. WH copies Obama again

    first they agree to talk to Iran
    Now they want to follow Obama's plan again

    July 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Tom in CA

    It's time that we take our honey out of Iraq. We've been taking too many bee stings there. Let the Iraqi's settle their tribal and sect differences.

    It's time to refocus on the REAL culprit of 9/11 – Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

    July 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. BlackMan4Mac

    Of course the enemies of America want obama, he not only is one of them, but will help them to bring America to her knees. That is what europe wants, to see our country weak and they are all rooting for obambi to turn our country over to UN control. I can see it now, American missiles and soldiers under the command of a Kenyan leader, oh my god i'm going to puke.

    Just remember this phrase when your country is in control of the UN.

    "It is not as important who you are voting for, as opposed to who you are voting with".

    Just remember this when you lose your country to this insergen OBAMABI

    PUMA YEA BABY

    McCain 2008 !!! SAVE OUR COUNTRY !!!

    July 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Sean in California

    McSame is McDone and I expect soon after the election, he'll be McRetiring as the presidency is the only thing he really wants (hence his absence from the Senate on non-campaign days–the old guy needs his rest).

    July 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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