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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
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  1. D.Johnson

    Barack's plan make sense. It was not a mistake, i think it was way to undermine John mcCain and promote Obama's trip. The white house has been adopting Obama's foreign policies plav lately.

    July 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Brendan

    Bush and McCain following Obama's lead. So much for experience.

    July 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Michael

    Wow! That is a huge slip up! The events of the past couple of weeks have been completely in Barack's favor: the Iraqi government wants a timetable for withdrawal, John McCain is following Barack's lead on Afghanistan, the White House is following Barack's lead on diplomacy with Iran, etc.

    This is even more good news for our next president!

    July 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Mike

    In the days ahead, I am more optimistic than ever that the American people will cut through the fog of spin that has badly served our security and economic interests in recent years. Funny how narrow the distance between Obama's position and reality gets as we move closer to the election. Only a rigorous pursuit of the truth will restore this great nation...and Obama is our only hope for CHANGE!

    July 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Ron

    buffoons in the white house

    July 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Independent


    July 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Steve

    Isn't the fact that al-Maliki has backed Obama's plan for withdrawal newsworthy enough? How come CNN only covers it when the White House accidentally sends out a press release mentioning it?

    July 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Brett

    Obama paid someone who work at white house use that advange to sent out the email.. even it is mistake.. that is full of Bull!

    July 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Ken AZ

    wow.. too funny. Just shows that OBAMA been right all along !!! I see we're opening up to diplomacy with Iran. Thats what he's been pushing for also.

    OBAMA '08

    July 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. james, FLL

    This is not the only Obama plan that is being supported, Bush is now trying to talk to Iran another Obama plan..The american people is no fool the general time horizon"that Bush is talking about is the withdrawal plan Obama has been talking all along , they are just using another term for political scrutiny, they need now to also follow his plan to send more troups in Afghanistan, the same one McWar is trying to take credit for..

    Just follow his lead.

    July 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. M.S. Indiana

    McCain we need your help !!!!!

    Looks like Bush is giving McCain a nice cold shoulder...

    July 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Bobby Mendin

    Wow!! Who is the foreign policy expert now??? Barack Obama has proven that he has the vision and judgment to be an effective commander-in-chief. John McCain is fighting an old war with old mindset.

    July 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Goldie

    Of course, the Bush and McCain camps decry Obama's foreign policy credentials yet they are adopting Obama's foreign policy proposals: diplomacy with Iran, timeline for Iraq and more troops for Afghanistan. This was a Freudian oops... they know Obama is correct, just can't say it.

    July 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Tom Dawson

    Terrific. The WH backfiring into its own censorship "petard" – is that the right word?

    July 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |

    Bush Administrration got their hands on some of Obama's policies and now wanting to implement it so of course the White House is trying to do damage control.

    The problems with our country is that people fail to want to give credit to the proper owner. Because Obama is who he is, it is really difficult for some to accept that just maybe is has a good idea of what this country needs.

    July 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. kim

    Sen. Obama is THE wisest and most intellectual politician on the scene today. It is not surprising that the White House and Iraqi government supports his very well thought out ideas.

    July 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Ryan

    I'm starting to think that foriegn policy is becoming a huge detriment to McCain. World leaders, and even the White House seem to coming around to Obama.

    July 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    ha, ha, no better for them. After all it was Obama's plan after all.
    bush is trying to take credit which is just typical of republicans.

    July 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Steven

    Thank You Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki For Backing Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan.

    The Warmonger will Hate This, He Knows How To Win Wars

    Obama 08

    July 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |


    July 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Will, NJ


    July 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. m&m

    well done the white house.Obama plan has always been right on the Iraq question why we got in and how we get out. is it good judgement all what Obama has the judgement to lead this nation.

    July 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    FINALLY! The Bush people tell the truth...well, we got one out of 'em in 7 years.

    July 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Typical White Person

    Hey, at least it wasn't the name of a covert agent they emailed to the press corps...

    July 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Charles

    Yes this is a slip up, a BIG one. McCain consistently speaks of Obama's lack of judgement, it is Obama stance on Iraq, Afghanistan that seems to be correct. First McCain wants to critize him for not going and now that he is there and his stances were correct he still wants to put him down. It is sad that John continues to flip-flop. McCain just needs to stop whinning and find a way to turn the economy around.

    July 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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