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. Shasta

    How much do you want to bet that aide is kicked to the curb? Awesome!

    July 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Martin from Germany

    An aide hit the wrong button? Seems to me Senator McCain is not the only one having trouble with computers...

    July 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. jp/michigan

    Obama took his dog and pony show to the middle-est and Europe,, so what. As tax payers we are paying for his political campaign show over there. The surge has worked and the Iraqi have met 15 o8 bench marks, so now what will Obama do. Its a given that more troops will be coming home and then some of those will be heading to Afghanistan, regardless of who is the President. Obama little bubble has burst!

    July 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. I toldyouso

    This is what I love about the United States – every voter has the right to cast his or her vote in any way they like. So - for all you voters who believe the United States is on the right track, scurry to the polls and vote for the Republicans. Do not take into account the fact that the United States is in a dire toilet flush and heading straight down. We are transferring our wealth to the mideast and China, our politicians are bought and paid for by lobbyists who are not working in the best interests of the U.S., our rights are being violated by this ignorant president and his lackeys, and the dollar is worth slightly more than the confederate dollar was in 1864. So - if you agree with this trend (and are moronic enough to listen to and believe what this administration tell us), then by all means reward the Republicans with another 4 years. But remember, I told you so!!!

    July 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Tim

    This just solidifies Senator Obama's position. The truth always comes out.

    Obama 08/12

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

    It is very simple.Mccain and the Republicans are good for the rich,Obama and the democrats are good for the vasr majority of Americans. Somehow the Republicans have been able to hide this basic truth from voters--most unfortunate

    July 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. TheWeaselMcCain

    In the end (November), all of the world will see and know the TRUTH. Bush and McBush are a complete failure, and are joined at the hip like two feral dogs during mating season. What a bunch of flip-floping fools.

    July 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Beryl

    Shrub gets a kudo for finally doing the right thing - embracing Obama's position. If he had listened to him and Hagel long ago, over 1 million people may not have been killed in this deception-based war.

    Go Obama! Not only is he better for America to address economical issues, Obama is what we need to handle foreign policy! With Obama as our president, we will be respected in the world. again. When we travel abroad, we won't be hated anymore.

    (BTW – Obama's money comes from millions of people just like me who are giving up a vacation or a month of movies to donate to his campaign. The average contribution to Obama's primary campaign was only $100.)

    July 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. andy dufrain

    TO THE NAMELESS (FACELESS) post above (OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY!)

    Do you have any proof that terrorists are funding the Obama campaign.. if so please tell the FBI & CIA.. I think you should get the dude arrested along with all his supporters. All those regular folks who you believe to be terrorists that donated to his campaign..

    Yes.. he is in Europe to collect more terrorist funds.. what kind of s%^& are you smoking cos McBush could do with somking some of that.. it might sort his head out.

    So now he is costing the USA by visiting Europe and Afganistan etc.. what about Bush flying that crazy jet to declare "mission accomplished" What kind of planet are you on.. do you know how much money and lives have been sacraficed because of Bush/Mc Cain war in Iraq.

    The media did report McCain's trips to Europe and other countries.. they also reported that his buddy Liberman was holding his hand all the way there and back.. why does he need someone so sly like Liberman to guide him.. tell me.. if you are lost do you ask a conman to lead you.

    Good luck and go vote for McBush..

    Obama08 – sensible presidents for the future..

    July 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    It appears that even White House staffers are fed up with the farce that has been inhabiting the office of the president for the last seven years and 6 months.

    When will Bush and McCain supporters learn that the people of the USA don't want and can't afford to have another president like we have suffered under Bush.

    The GOP is in need of an laxative to get rid of the leadership who have been blocking a natural process for the last 28 years.

    July 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. AustHall

    Well, Well, Well

    I am beginning to wonder who really has the judgement and experience to lead this country. Bush's hand picked Iraqi government agreeing with Barack Obama.

    GO OBAMA in 08 and 12!!!

    July 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. jodi

    hey "Obama trip hurt the US economy" how did you come up with all this crap? Obama and his supporter are payig entirely for his trip

    July 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Bitter and Whiney Nation

    Well, Bush has flip-flopped !!!!

    How long until McCain flip-flops ? Some blogger should start a McCain flip-flop watch.

    July 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Bill K

    If I ever saw more compelling proof that the Republicans should be exited from the White House for 4, 8 or more years, this is it. Clearly, ineptitude from the top down. The whole world is watching what Amercians do in this election. Keep that in mind when you decide who to vote for in November.

    Bush's stubbornness is transparent to all, whether he is right or wrong. He has shown himself to be a poor leader of the free world. History will indeed judge him harshly indeed. Stubborn resistance to the word 'timetable' is only the latest example of pigheaded thinking at the top. And I voted for him twice, so this is not from a deadset political opponent of his.

    July 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Donald, Canton NC

    Yeah, a simple mis-stroke on a keyboard.

    Luckily, it didn't involve the launching of nuclear missles!!!

    Makes me feel very confident of this "Ship of fools" running our government.

    July 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    OBAMA CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS — HE TOOK MAINSTREAM MEDIA ON HIS WORLD TOUR — THIS IS POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING — HE’S NOT TRYING TO HELP AMERICA! HE IS HELPING HIMSELF — AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE.

    The Obama campaign condemned as “tasteless and offensive” a NEW YORKER magazine cover that depicts Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in a turban, fist-bumping his gun-slinging wife. An American flag burns in their fireplace.

    The NEW YORKER says it’s satire. It certainly will be candy for cable news.

    THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN QUICKLY CONDEMNED THE RENDERING. SPOKESMAN BILL BURTON SAID IN A STATEMENT: “The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”

    WHAT? NO CRIES OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION FROM THE LEFT? — OR, DOES THAT ONLY APPLY WHEN CONDOLEEZA RICE IS CARICATURED AS A “HOUSE NEGRO?”

    FOR OVER THREE DECADES I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT I FOUGHT IN VIET NAM IN PART TO GIVE OTHERS THE RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH, EVEN WHEN OFFENSIVE. I HAVE BEEN TOLD TO JUST “BUCK IT UP” WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH IS PORTRAYED A BUMPKIN — OR A CHIMPANZEE.

    SORRY, BUT FOR ALL THOSE WHO CONDONED ALL THE VITRIOL PRINTED AT BUSH — YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO EXPRESS OUTRAGE NOW AT THIS. IT IS A TWO WAY STREET!!!!

    I’LL VOTE FOR JOHN McCAIN IN NOVEMBER.

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

    for OBAMA TRIPS...grow up...he didn't buy anything...it's really sad how many people are just downright bitter and mad that he won the nomination fair and square...if you have PROOF that terrorists funded his campaign then show it, otherwise keep your ignorance to yourself...please vote for McCain...we won't miss your vote...at all!!!!

    and yes..his name is Barack Hussein Obama...what???!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Allen in Hartwell, Ga.

    If this wasn't so funny it would be scary – a White House staffer "mistakenly" sending an unfavorable Reuters report to the news media. Ha, ha, ha, ha!!!

    July 19, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. pros and cons of the media

    I don't buy the misake one bit,the news media is always starting trouble and call it reporting. why you think so many wanted to go on this trip if no big story will come up believe me they will make one up !!!!!!!

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

    Funny, Typcal, oh so typical, but funny nonethless. Once again we get a low-information response from a low- information administration, elected by a low-information electorate. Of course this band of bozos (to use the Republican term) is now promoting John "just because they accept our missle shield doesn't mean I should to learn their name" McCain, They ask us to choose this man who admittedly knows nothing about economics (and proves it every time he speaks on the subject) in a time of at best serious economic difficulty. What better choice than this empty flight suit?

    July 19, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. jd

    I don't remember receiving any cash for voting for Barak Hussein Obama, as 'Obama trip hurts economy' slanders. Given that McCain should have been court-martialed for not obeying orders and being shot down in enemy territory, and as a republican (another term for traitor) has probably sold himself several times over, it's odd that he should have any support here at all. But that may be too much thinking to expect from the gun-toting, religiosly fanatical, right-wing dimwits (and I wasn't talking about the taleban).

    July 19, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Voting for McCain is INSANE

    McCain has been over to Iraq 8 times and he still doesn't know the difference between a Shii'ite and a Sunni? Yikes, that man is stupider than Dubya.

    July 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Marianne, Arkansas

    Let’s look at symbolism:

    Obama always has to fly whenever he travels. McCain takes the bus.

    Here’s the symbolism:

    Obama has to be above people
    McCain has to be at the same level as people

    Now, who would you vote for???

    July 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Obama for Prez,CA

    Obama has been right from the beginning, now McBush & McSame want to take credit for it. An aide pushing the wrong button?? How dangerous can that be!! Barack Obama for President 08-16

    July 19, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. D Montoya, El Paso, TX

    LOL so it seems Senator Obama and Al-Maliki seem to agree. Why must Sen. McCain push his own views of American dominance in a foreign land. Sen Hagel was right to say that fighting a war for someones reputation is the wrong thing to do.

    July 19, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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