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. Prophet of the ghost lion

    I've been reading this article on several other web-sites, and the right wing nut-jobs are killing themselves on trying to find a negative way to spin this.

    July 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Alison, FL

    LMAO...I find it very amusing when people regurgitate dumb stuff they find on other blogs especially when there is absolutely no truth in it whatsoever! Take your HATRED and stick it up your you know what! It's people like you why our country is in the situation it's in right now!

    July 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |

    Let's see if CNN will post this answer since they posted your set of dirty questions: Who do you think paid for all McCain's little excursions? Why aren't you questioning what his trips to Iraq cost, since as you said he's been there 8 time – The msm is covering more on Obama because he's going to be our next president, in spite of the fact that you're voting for McSame. And to shut you all up about town hall meetings – McCain's crew always has people in the audience with their prepared questions and it's the only way to have their candidate look good. McCain will have to have national debates as all candidates for the presidency have had and he'll look really bad against Obama, which is why he wants town hall meetings. Oh, one more question: After McSame has done nothing but complain about Obama not visiting Iraq, what is he so upset about now that Obama is visiting? Obama's popularity overseas and here is obvious and he will do more for the economy than McCain ever could – just look at what 8 years of republicans have done for us.

    July 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Hispanic For McCain

    Hispanic for McCAIN!!! MAC will be back!! to win!!!

    July 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Zachary


    Wow i bet you voted for Bush with all the lies you tell yourself. people like you are sick and i feel sorry for you. May god have mercy on your racist soul!

    July 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. I miss Hillary

    We shouldn't leave until it's safe for us to do that. It might mean 12 months, 16 months, 18 months, 24 months, or longer. We invested too much in lives and treasure to prematurely leave. I agree with Andrew–what Maliki says in an interview doesn't carry much weight.

    July 19, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Gary, Illinois

    CNN, you need to change the title of this article. "White House sends press corps al-Maliki praise for Obama plan" should be

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

    Grow up CNN. We all know you are a one-sided newscaster and are marketing Obama.

    Very sick!!!

    (and I'm sure you won't post this)

    July 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. california

    hahahaahahahah Bushs staff is stupid as he is. Evene Iraq wants us out of there but Bush wants that oil money Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with his corporate buddies including MCbush WHO WANTS TO STAY THERE FOR HUNDRED YEARS. HAHAHAHAHHAHA

    July 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Janet, Toronto, Canada

    Senator Obama is the Now President for the future of the USA and its International Allies!
    Lets finish the Lies and Deception of what has taken us down that negative dungeon, in the White House!
    The current economy and future in all scenarios must be first and foremost the concern for all.

    July 19, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Ohio Citizen

    I believe the die has been cast. The oil companies have contracts and future revenue streams in place in Iraq. The American people have made it known for months that they want our troops out. Our military is stretched too thin to sustain the same troop levels much longer without a draft.

    There is nothing left for the Bush administration to do but save face and pull them out. Obama needs a strong foreign policy team to manage the withdrawal and keep a lid on the region. Just because Republicans have talked about cut and run doesn't mean they really believe it. Politics aside, there is a practical need to get out of the combat completely and rachet down the occupation phase substantially.

    Iran needs to be able to keep their lights on without gaining a nuclear weapon. Our country needs to keep a lid on that until we can effect regime change. That may take a decade or more. Again, Obama needs a strong foreign policy team as he will have to deal with Iran to keep their influence in Iraq and their nuclear capability in check.

    Afghanistan and Pakistan is and has been the real front of the war against Islamic extremist.

    July 19, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Ric

    OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY! lol.. after reading your response I plan to vote for Obama just so I'm not on the same side as you. What a pathetic attempt at hate mongering. You represent the worst of America.

    July 19, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. maureen farr

    What's up, MSM??? Where's the lead story on your home page? Iraqi PM Maliki is supporting Obama's position on US troop withdrawal in l6 months. Why is this buried in your political ticker file. Ho hum........

    July 19, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Kay

    The only thing the Republicans are good at is lying and spreading fear.The reason they give for wars is to liberate oppressed people ,to spread democracy,to defend freedom and liberty. The real reason for war is to transfer wealth from the taxpayers to the rich who invest in the military-industrial complex. The rich gets the money, the working poor gets the bill.

    July 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Linda K.

    I agree that presidential candidates should concentrate on this country rather than going overseas. However, McCain has taken several trips as a candidate and he challenged Obama to do so too. He probably didn't think Obama would take the challenge.

    Senator Obama has been asked to prove that he can deal with other countries. This is what he's doing.

    July 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Russell Hammond

    Binh -

    Maybe Condi meant "event horizon." That's closer. Ha ha.

    July 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Ann T

    Come on CNN. This is front page news.At Least MSN has it in bolder pring. You guys are such lapdogs for anything Bush, you're afraid to post anything negative.

    IFTHIS WERE AN ERROR OF SOME sort that Obama made, I dare say it'd be your top story for an entire week. I'm pretty tired of your lopsided, one-side, McCain loving stories.

    July 19, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. KERAM

    To OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY! FYI...You are very naive and unknowledgable...Obama has not dealt with any terrorist group...check out Charlie Black's dealings with Savimbi; Bush with Saudis; Cindy McCain having shares with Sudanese (northern)stocks...THEN, YOU CAN WRITE ABOUT OBAMA'S DEALINGS...BE TRUTHFUL AND STOP FALSIFYING INFORMATION. YOU ARE THE PEOPLE TEARING APART THIS COUNTRY...STOP THE LIES!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Orange

    If they can manage without us, fabulous. Bring our troops home ASAP.
    PUMA - Mc Cain Democrat

    July 19, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Jay

    OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY! You know what you are a jerk. Just down right pitiful. Anybody with at lest one brain cell knows that this country is headed for disaster. And its all because of Bush and the McCains of the world. McCain is an elderly old man, and it is sad that he is even running for President. It's even sadder that there are people that are willing to sink our country by voting for him. God help us all!

    July 19, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Michael

    "OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY! July 19th, 2008 5:21 pm ET


    To slashdot you... "You're new around here, right?"

    July 19, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Austin Wall

    Now this is funnt; almost as funny as the nonsense screed from "Obama Trip Hurts U.S. Economy!"

    July 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. Helemai

    Get ready for the new shell game! The next fearful rumor we'll hear from bushes is how the Iraqi government under al-Maliki, which came into Being under the current Republican administration's oversight, is now corrupt because it favors the Democrat candidate's timetable for withdrawal, instead of the McCain/Bush/Cheney/Rice 100 year occupation plan within their "time horizon".

    July 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. anton

    To the Obama fans...if you can't say anything nice, please don't blog this site with you insane comments.

    July 19, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    OMG, thanks WH.

    Obama 08......

    July 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. Drew

    Like most issues, this isn't a one sided victory for Democrats "This means we have to withdrawal!!!" nor one for the Republicans "This means the surge has worked, and we have succeeded!!!". Yes, the surge has reduced violence to the point where the Iraqi government can step up, but this also means they want us out for a reason (our presence over there isn't helping). So all of you liberals and conservatives might want to stop with the whole "vindication" statements. Try looking at the bigger picture, for once.

    Stop your political bickering,

    July 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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