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. Mike Dallas

    Obama, "the empty suit with no experience" should have been making foreign policy statements on Iraq, Iran and Afgan situtaions before election time. That would have given the wooden headed puppet and the puppet master some "relevant experience" on foreign and domestic issues. HRH has sure jumped on the Obama band wagon for solutions, not to mention al Maliki agrees with the 16 month "timeline" and HRH is still fighting reality and calling it a "time horizon". If only HRH had taken Obama's advice way earlier, maybe we could have saved 4,000 American lives.

    And McCrypt is still searching for relevancy – in Czechoslovakia!

    July 19, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Nuts McBush

    No Noo my friends. We are never leaving Iraq. We took it and it's mine..er.. ours. I will never surrender to the elected Government of Iraq. I know how to topple elected Governments and install puppets my friends.

    July 19, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Texun

    Let's see, Andrew doesn't believe that the government of Iraq should determine how long we remain in their country and "Obama Trip" peddles paranoid nonsense about Obama's funding. "Trips" rumors spread fear and serve the interests of the very terrorists he claims to oppose. "Trip" latter apparently took a media holiday during McCain's most recent visit: it was reported fully after the fact, the delay common to protect visiting dignitaries from terrorist attacks. McCain's publicity of Obama's trip has been seen by some as malicious; I think that it was simply another of his senior moments.

    July 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Terri

    "What is this trip costing the American 'Enonomy'"?


    July 19, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    Being shot down in a fighter plane and held captive for 5 years + makes you a survivor but not necessarily a foreign policy expert!!

    McSenile talking about foreign policy is like a man "whining" while suffering from "mental depression". Mccain repeatedly confused Shia and Sunni tribal groups and didn't know who the leader of Iran's nuclear power is. McSame dont have any clue if Czechoslovakia is non-existent. Obama is beating Mccain on his own ground. What war did Mccain win to make him the expert on winning wars?! The only war he was in he lost.

    So what war did Mccain win?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Mike

    Ok, The Goverment of Iraq officially endorses Obama. Bush plays semantics but still agrees to a 'horizen' for withdrawal. Only McClueless still does not get it. How much Oil Money does it take to be that stupid?

    July 19, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Peachy Keen

    Well, why did McCain go to Columbia, Mexico, etc. They can't vote for US President either, dimwit. Obama's money came from people like me, 50 or 100 bucks at a time. His terrorist friends? You are certainly coming from left field. Frankly, I'm pleased that people like you are on McCains side. It will only ensure he will lose.

    July 19, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. karen

    In response to obama trip complaint. I am republican but don;t want sick people like you to vote for mcCain. Using words like you used has already wounded this beautiful country enough.If terrirists paid for obama's trip and we say that then what will happen when somebody will ask from where the the money come from for McCain,s 9 trips. Please stop this dirty game or we all will suffer more. and by the way Europe is our friend not an enemy.People like you will make other countries and media our enemy.Stop.And shut up

    July 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. Chad, Avery, CA.

    just one more example of how barack and his party are right and the right is wrong

    July 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. NotFallingInLine.org


    Doesn't change the fact that Obama is THEIR selectee, not our nominee.

    Doesn't change the fact that Obama's plans amount to nothing more than promises that he may or may not want and/or be able to turn into action.

    Knoxville NFIL

    July 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Boston For OBAMA

    Some power works in Mysterious Ways.................LOL

    OBAMA 08

    July 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. ben

    he white house made a mistake? Is it a mistake to allow Americans to know the truth? Well I guess it is because it goes against all the lies and deception we have been getting fron them before and after the Irak war!

    July 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. RJ, CA

    WHO IS PAYING FOR OBAMA'S TRIP TO EUROPE? He has no busness being there as a "Senator" - wasn't asked by anyone in Europe or U.S. to go as a "Senator." The trip to Europe is an election photo op for Obama, pure and simple. I WANT TO KNOW WHO'S PAYING FOR IT! IT HAD BETTER NOT BE THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER! CNN - do some REAL investigational journalism for a change!

    July 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. E.C.Coleman

    So who is surprised? al-Maliki is not an honorable man and never has been. All we've heard from him is double-talk and excuses. President Bush has bent over backwards to accommodate this man and now, he stabs him in the back. Maliki is an outrage to the U.S. and he shows no gratitude for what President Bush has done for his country whatsoever.

    July 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. CMB

    OBAMA TRIP HURTS US ECONOMY- ARE YOU A PAID MEMBER OF THE GOP? You sure spread the hate and lies well.

    Of course Al Maliki supports Obama – like the REST OF THE ENTIRE WORLD DOES!!! Don't you see GOP? Don't you see that if Obama gets elected the US economy will prosper because the world won't be turning its back on the US. Friends grease each other's palms. The more friends the better. Then China and Russia will be isolated instead of getting more friends.

    July 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. E.C.Coleman

    As if Obama knows anything whatsoever about Iraq? He knows nothing.

    July 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Boulder Brian


    Guess what...Your bias is showing. You didn't need to tell us that you are voting for McCain.

    Pretty much everything that you said, with the exception of the media not covering McCain's trips to Iraq, is insanely close-minded and border-line racist.

    Should we really vote for a president based on his "patriotism, experience, and service to country"? If so, we should all vote for McCain. Hell, we should all vote for Bush again. No one in America other than Sean Hannity is more patriotic than that guy.

    I think the judgment Senator Obama has shown thus far and the way he has run a (nearly) flawless and spectacular campaign should be good indicators of how he will run our country. Those are 2 of the tens of reasons that he has my vote.

    July 19, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. john van der Blom

    When will you ever stop whining Mc Cain? All you ever do is critisize Obama and lie about what he said or didn't say. You've got no sensible policies of your own. Stand up and be a man not a whining nanny.

    July 19, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. 2x Afghanistan Veteran

    Obama Trip, you can take your PUMA disguise off.

    Being the President, leader or the CEO isn't about knowing everything, it's about knowing something about everything. Call it fact finding.

    A good leader, surrounds himself with people he trusts to find the answers he doesn't have.

    Sen Obama is about finding out the facts, learning and eventually putting a plan in to place. Obviously, you like the direction the Republicans have taken the country.

    McCain's policy mirrors that of Bush's, nothing new, just the same old regurgitation of lives lost, broken promises and lies.

    Sit back and criticize if you like. Vote McCain for what ever your reasons are. For the next 8 years President Obama, will lead this country, lead it very well, and you will prosper. Than again...maybe you don't want that. You choice. Good luck

    July 19, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. Please think

    I can honestly say I have never heard a plan of action described as a general time "horizon". What is that? What does that mean? How does the WH get away with this? The same way they seemingly got away with invading a country without provocation under false pretenses. November 4th and January 20th cannot get here soon enough!! This story should be titled al-Maliki supports common sense and logic. Please think this November.

    July 19, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. caliguy55

    This is great!!! Can't you just hear the swooshing sound as Bush and McSame go spinning down the toilet bowl. Obama has both of them beat, and he isn't even in the White house, YET. President Barack Obama - it has a nice, clear ring to it. Let's send the prattling old fool McCain to Crawford with Bush where they can live out their last years without harming anyone.

    July 19, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    Obama is playing 'catchup' trying to look presidential, by going to Iraq & Afghanistan. Maybe he is trying to get some 'experience'.

    July 19, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. ExPat

    Was the subject line: "You've Got Maliki"?..the credits are rolling for this Tragedy/Comedy administration.

    July 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. David Newport, OR

    the present administration will do anything to keep a Republican in office...and those that follow this clan of bumbling clowns will believe anything they are told.

    July 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Heath, Bronx, NY

    It's not hard to tell that Obama is a true leader. Unfortunately, most politician are like dogs. They look like they're in front, but when the master (constituency) pulls left or right, they move left or right. Most are figure heads. At this point I believe most Americans know, even if they may haver personal issues, is that Obama is the only true choice to restore the greatness that is America.

    July 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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