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. Jon

    Let talk about what "OBAMA TRIP HURTS" stated. Yes McSame has been there 8 times and he still does not know who the players are. About money did you know your man "McSame" wife spends about 300 k each month on just stuff. If he can't control his wife how is he going to control congress. And have you ever listened to McSame at a town hall meeting all he does is complain about Obama without ever stating what his policy is. What's with "MY FRIEND" every other word. FLIP-FLOP McSame has Flip-Flopped 20 times during this election. This guy can't make up his mind on anything. If this is the guy you want running this Country get ready to give up your rights becasue like BUSH McSame only cares about one person himself.

    July 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Jeff from Jersey

    User fees anyone?

    July 19, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Rao, Chicago

    We all know how many times McBush has been to Afganistan. We also know how long we'll be in Afganistan if he makes President- 100 years at last count!

    Everything in the past couple of weeks suggests that the Bush admin has actually taken a leaf out of Obama's strategy book. We are even talking to Iran!!!! And what was all that brouhaha when Obama suggested the same a few weeks back?

    And all these baseless accusations about Obama are making it easier for us to support him. It shows how the other side has nothing subtantive to critique him over.


    July 19, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Enough already!


    I agree with you; yet so is the Bush administration, Maliki's puppet masters.

    July 19, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. ty

    President Bush knows that Barack Obama withdraws plans are good, but for some people, it is hard to accept the truth.

    July 19, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. toby hill

    With all this talk about drawdown based on success, no one can take away the victory from the US troops.

    Libs were wrong, the surge worked, US wins and Obama can't take credit for it.

    What happens now if Afghanistan calms down between now and the elections? Will Obama still claim we're losing there?

    July 19, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Realist

    Obama's tour will be the final nail in McCain's political coffin.

    McCain's foreign tour drew zero attention. Obama's is world news.

    July 19, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Hispanic For McCain

    McSame has NOTHING to offer AMERICA other than the dirty tactics of Bush and his cronies. On election day we will see how ignorant or how intelligent Americans truly are.

    I am betting that Americans are intelligent and Obama will be our president.


    please why all of this crap you saying


    July 19, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. MichaelTempler

    The ineptitude of the White House showing their colors again.

    some people say that Obama has no foreign policy experience I disagree.


    take a look

    last year he said "That if there is actionable intelligence on Bin Laden or Al Quaeda and if Musharif would not act he would"

    all his democratic colleagues said this was dangerous

    earlier after McCain wrapped up the nomination said this was Naive

    Romney said this was frightening

    so what does the Bush Adminustration do in late 2007 and this year

    fires missles using predator drones into Pakistan

    another example – Iran

    Obama said to have direct negotations with Iran

    President, McCain, Clinton and their lackeyes called this naive

    our number 3 guy is negotiating with them right now despite the public claims of just listening.

    Afghanistan – Obama said Iraq has distract it us from the real central front is in Afghan-Pakistan – you know where Bin Laden is. and that we should be focused their with more troops

    response- he is Naive and inexperienced etc etc

    and of course the obvious on he said not to go to Iraq for the above reasons and anyone with a brain has figured out after 4,000 dead and 50,000 causalities which is the real number that was a mistake.

    now part of the Iraq surge response is that the Al Qaueda was in Iraq and Bin Laden said tthat was the central front. Well that would be like hitler saying that Italy was the central front of WWII and not to invade Germany. There never was Al Qaueda in Iraq – it was like a franchise Bin Laden sold them – how much destinction can you get for insurgent vs AQI.


    To the Replican/operative/internet thug above


    100% of Obama's money has come from the American people look at the FEC reports.

    That would be the 2 million contributors here in the U.S. and yes we are all Hussein

    and because he has a different name that's pathetic
    congratulations you are officially afraid of a name.
    guess America isn't that tough if you're afraid of a name.

    He is in Europe for the same reason John McCain was in Europe a few months ago or only McCain can go to Europe. We have a reputation to rebuild and he is going to do it.

    Town Halls – i know you get your talking points from right wing media he was counter offered 5 debates including 2 town halls and he declined and did not make a counter offer.

    July 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Eric

    After reading this article, I am becoming much more concerned about the competence of the individual who has a finger on "that other button" we have all heard about.

    July 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Toby

    The sad thing is that the "press corps" had to be informed by the White House about a Reuters story.

    July 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Jeremy

    So McCain has been to Iraq a bunch of times, so what? Experience means nothing when you haven't learned the right lessons. McCain, in all his experience, precipitated one of the costliest mistakes of this new millennium. After his many visits to Iraq, McCain declared that we should do more prevent the Iranian support for Al Qeada. Yeah, that's right... he thought Al Qeada and Iran are on the same side of the conflict. How much should we trust McCain's judgment on the War when he needed Joseph Lieberman to tell him who our enemy was? History has told us that the best course of our country is exactly the opposite of what Bush thinks we should do. McCain is agreeing with Bush more and more... and as a Democrat, this couldn't make me happier.

    July 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Mike, Abiline TX

    Dear Obama Trip...

    You can't seriously think that Obama is actually hurting U.S. economy. That money was all donated. Next time, do some research before spouting off your dimwitted opinion.

    ALso, using his middle name is hilarious, as is the comment that terrorists are going to give him money.

    Our current president (and his father) are personal friends of the Bin Ladens. Coincidence. The CIA (under reagan) trained Bin Laden and Sadam Hussein, and gave them money. The republicans got us into this mess, you and the rest of the GOP zombies are too racist and too uneducated to admit it.

    Anyone but a Republican, EVER.

    July 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. Fred Schaeffer

    If al-Maliki likes to get US out of Iraq in 16 months, then DO IT!
    Stop politicizing the issue, stop making it a Obama or McCain issue –
    The War in Iraq isn't a Republican or Democratic issue – it is EVERYONE's issue!

    Elections – As a Avowed Roman Catholic, I will not, never!!! vote for a pro-choice Candidate for President. I categorically refuse to vote for someone who doesn't care about killing what God produces in the Womb. But I do want to see an end to the war, to all wars.

    July 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Eric Ellison

    After reading this article, I am starting to become much more concerned about the individual with the finger on "that other button" we have all heard so much about.

    July 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Jeremy

    The Iraqis want us out of their country. But that shouldn't matter to us, why should we listen to the opinions of people whose freedoms we are supposed to be fighting for? What do the Iraqis think this is... a democracy???

    July 19, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. bob

    Cheap tactics from obama and his campaign team to hand on to words.
    Mistakes can happen from Govt or white house side,but that doesn't mean that obama should seized the chance- bad politics .

    July 19, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Gloria

    Where in the world do people like "Obama Trip Hurts US Ecomony" come from? This person is absolutely nuts!!! McCain is welcome to this person's vote!!!

    July 19, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. SpaceCat, Charlottesville, VA

    Ha ha ha. How many times does Obama have to be right for you fools to listen!?

    July 19, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Cyndi

    well, you can never accuse the Bush administration of competence, they'll probably promote the person who 'accidentally' send this memo, kinda like the Medal of Freedom for those who failed our foreign policy.

    Maliki was considered too weak to manage the chaos that is Shiite friction and violence, yet he was elected twice by his people and managed to carp the sectarian political in-fighting. He's just stating what most Iraqis want and not what McCain and his cronies wish for.

    July 19, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Jim Schimmer

    I think its about time Dumb independends make them their minds and back the right candidate.

    Even the PM of Iraq think so... STOP BEING IGNORANT!

    July 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |


    You are ignorant. Thanks for playing.


    July 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Anon

    OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY! – You are an idiot to believe that being the president of the U.S has anything to "patriotism" which is a sad excuse to be a racist and nationalist.
    You also have to be an idiot to believe that a trip to Europe hurts our economy. You said it yourself, McCain has been there over eight times.

    Please stay home on election day.

    July 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. btb_ikb@yahoo.com

    no country for old man

    July 19, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Jay

    To "Obama Trip Hurts U.S. Economy":

    Yes, "patriotism" like lying your way into a $700 billion unnecessary war in Iraq and stirring up more enemies. And the economy? How about a $700 billion war in Iraq AND George W's deficit AND the $9 trillion national debt. There's a fiscal conservative for you! I think McCain is quite all right, but Obama and terrorist financiers? You need therapy.

    July 19, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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