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. scott,manchester NH

    lets see....an overwhelmingly disasterous presidency....and they just keep on coming up with new and amazing ways to make it worse...

    someone......please.......just keep reminding me of when this train wreck, of a plane crash, of a head on bus collision, of a presidency...........is.....

    OVER!

    July 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. sameer

    'Obama Trip',

    What on earth are you talking about? You obviously have never picked up a newspaper in the last two years. Obama's money came from SMALL donors. 10, 20, 30 dollar donations from people like me; people who don't have a lot to spare but have a lot at stake. Anyone who seriously considers voting Republican after the eight years we just suffered is a brain-dead moron. Obama is the future! Obama is the American dream!

    July 19, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. David

    Isn't funny how the Bush administration is changing its failed foreign policies with Iraq and Iran in one week. The most funny thing is that they are following Obama's ideas.

    It is also funny when ever Mcsane goes to Iraq, and declares the troop levels are working, he has 4 heavy armed blackhawks over is head and a core of troops around him.

    You know John, the day that you, Lindsey, and Joe can walk down the streets of Baghdad without any escort is the day I will say Yes, I agree the surge worked.

    what part of the war on terror is not in Iraq you just don't understand

    July 19, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Andy

    I hate reading these posts because you start to understand how ignorant people are (4th post: Obama's trip hurts economy). Do you really think that his trip is hurting the economy and not the financial sector, housing market, or the oil prices? Just reading that post makes me realize why Bush was elected and why we're in the mess we are. LADY LIBERTY NEEDS A DOMESTIC ABUSE LAWYER!

    July 19, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Phil, FL

    Hey idiot – US ECONOMY just suffered thru McSlime going to the same place plus Canada and Columbia (CAFTA)

    Load your brain before you shoot off your mouth.

    July 19, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. GT in CA

    First Bush and Cheney said we don't talk to "evil" and they criticized Obama for being so naive on his plan to talk with our "enemies". Now they are sending a special envoy to talk to the Iranians.

    Now the Iraqis and the Whitehouse are talking about a "time horizon" to reduce the troops in Iraq. This also sounds like what Obama has been saying for months.

    Obama – the right man, at the right place, at the right time.

    July 19, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. gene

    I love people like this "Obama trip hurts US Economy"

    Lets go over each point...

    1) Even though Barack can personally raise a lot more money than McCain from the general public, the RNC has MUCH more money than he does to campaign against him... which is the reason he decided not to go with public funding. McCain is using our tax money to compaign.. Obama is not.. who's hurting the economy?

    2) Obama releases all his fundraising details.. and almost all of it comes from the average US citizen donating money

    3) He's going to Europe because that's the president's main job.. international diplomacy... everything else is handled by committees and congress. If you're gonna complain about that,... why don't you complain that McCain is going to Colombia?

    4) These so-called town hall meetings are small groups planted by McCain... Obama is meeting with lots of small groups,... just not McCains pre-selected town hall audiences.

    5) Obama doesn't have 300 advisors going... that's 300 that were selected out of thousandds of media people who want to be able to report on this trip. Why? Because people are excited about Obama.. not too many are excited about McCain.. which is why McCain has so little coverage in comparison. Obama brings ratings... but at least McCain can bring ratings advertising for Sominex.

    You go ahead and vote for McCain... the guy can't even answer a single question thrown at him that doesn't favor him... he just cries foul and blames Obama every time someone has a negative opinion of him... you vote for the crybaby.. I'll vote for the man.

    July 19, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. USAF Vet

    This seems to be a continuance from the Bush Admin on the most pressing issues...bringing substance to Obama's position making them irrefutable and at the same time cracking the foundation of McCain's position...My vote will be based on trust 1st...that trust is earned based on my belief of how the individuals addressed the the issues pressing us today and will be around tomorrow.

    A lot of people make decisions, some tougher than others, but not too often are we faced with making those that are so big they are considered nuclear...the next president has to realize we are trusting them with that.

    One vote in the balance.

    July 19, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Stephen Crowley

    This just proves that not everyone in the Bush administration are ev1ld0ers. I applaud this move. Things like this are what gives me hope and optimism and allows me to rest easier at night. It is very important to make good decisions and change strategy, however it is also important to do with at the same time without emboldening enemies. If you cannot understand this, then you are one of the sheep(the problem, not the solution).

    Stephen in TX

    July 19, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Montana is Obama Country

    Huffington Posts:
    As reported in these pages, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has endorsed Barack Obama's 16-month withdrawal timetable.

    The McCain Campaign is effectively over.

    **************

    I agree...!!!

    Obama ...... 2008, 2012......... for President...

    July 19, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. k williams

    all the rep need to be shot for what they've done to the us. both here and abroad.

    July 19, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. cedric

    It seems that reality is even creeping into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It is funny though how they have practically invented a new language in an effort to avoid saying timetable.....

    July 19, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. GULF WAR VET

    Why not just vote for MCSHAME then spreading hate?

    July 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. jane in CA

    we down Saddam; al-Maliki is the current Iraqi leader. We need to trust and talk to the leader. Corruption is every where if you give it a chance; they have to work on it.

    Obama camp raised $52 mil for June. They can use some of those money if the trip is for pres campaign.

    July 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Capt. Jack

    Nice PR stunt Barry. Wake up America this guy if as fake as they come. Those of you who are undecided better either write in Clinton's name or vote McCain. Obama is gonna be another Carter. He's gonna raise taxes. He will be a pansy when it comes do dealing with terrorist. DON'T VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. deroy

    declare victory and leave.
    that's good enough.

    what will be obama's issue then?

    July 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Dick in Sioux Falls

    What is amusing is the attempt of the McCain Campaign to describe the non-existent difference between what Obama has been advocating for years, and the new direction of the Bush Administration, as well as the stated desire of the Iraqi governmental leadership.
    Does everyone not see the advantage of having a President who agrees with the government of Iraq?!

    July 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Josh

    Prime Minister Ma-lar-ki says it's time for us to leave, "Load 'Em Up Boys, we are outta' here now!" Why wait 16 months? As our economy is flushing down the toilet & Obama will be talking to Europe?

    It should be "refreshing" for the rock star to talk to an "advanced people" who speak more than one language, unlike us ignorant English speaking Americans. "Does ya' all thinks he be a degradin' all them there smart Europeans that don't speak Spanish like he did us"?

    Breaking News! In support of all major media, Obama volunteer his bare chest & back for their logo tattoos. His forehead however was saved for MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who gets "tingles up his legs" whenever Obama speaks. (See you-tube). The media’s bias in covering Obama, should teach all Americans, media moguls run our country & its policies.

    July 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Rise America Rise

    I am celebrating and laughing my head off. Even the bitter PUMAs are trying to rain on our parade but its not working. Don't worry, we will fix the mess that the republicans/conservatives got this country in, and the mess that the PUMAs are trying to continue. We came, we saw, we conquered!!!

    For sale – PUMA crying towels, heavily used and very waterlogged, but of no use to anyone except the few PUMAs left.

    July 19, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. Tanya Kujath

    Gee, that can't be good for McCain.

    July 19, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I simply don't understand why Prime Minister Maliki won't accept John McCains proposal of 100 years.

    July 19, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. USAF Retired/Viet Nam Vet

    I notice that whenever, the iraqui government makes a statement about a time frame for pull-out of US troops, a Bush official follows up with a statement declaring that "situations on the ground" would govern when US troops will be withdrawn. I also hear similar language from some bloggers out there. Does this mean that the Us can/will insist on staying in Iraq even if their government tells us to leave. I'd love to hear Wolf or others pointedly ask that question to a Bush official. as for you Bloggers out there who say the same, please answer this question.

    July 19, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Dick in Sioux Falls

    By the way, the reason the network anchors did not go with McCain on his tours is he never invited them. He didn't trust unvarnished reporting of what he would discover.
    Too bad there was not anchor network representation when he made his historic tour of the Baghdad Market, where he declared the safety and openness of the Market, when he had to be protected with hundreds of troops, as well as 4 or 5 Attack Helicopters overhead, insuring his safety.

    July 19, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Listen

    Lol….i laugh at this one comment one here. Ok so to answer some of these questions that should be obvious, but it seems we have to slow down for certain people. Obamas trip oversees was paid by his campaign that receives hes money from donating AMERICANS. Mcsame trips are paid by public financing (tax dollars). And if terrorist can finance a election in America then Bush IS NOT DOING HES JOB AGAIN!

    He went to Europe to meet with other world leaders and if there is a problem with that then its time you start questioning Mccain, cause he did the same.

    He wont do town hall meetings cause he runs hes campaign the way he feels best, he goes where feels its needed, NOT THE OTHER GUY. Here il make it easy to understand. When playing a sports game you want to run the floor, you set the pase, that’s what hes doing.

    The media doesn’t talk about Mcain cause the American people seen and heard the same stuff from Bush and where tired of it.

    I wish people would use common sense!!! It looks like the rep. are starting too after listening to Obama. Now that want a time schedule to pull out of Iraq. Now that want to listen and talk to Iran. Looks like the game has been set. Looks like Barrack Hussein Obama is running the floor. Game Over

    Ohhh and NO he’s not Muslim and if you think that then maybe you shouldn’t vote until you dig a little dipper and find out what really going on in this world.

    July 19, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Pete

    I'm thankful i haven't been watching so much "news" lately. It all seems to be the same personal attack politics based on fragments of information. But this is interesting and seeming to tie in with Obama's policy initiatives. Maybe by election day, the Bush's ideas will be more like Obama's in the interest of his presidential legacy, and McCain/Bush will seem like a watered down old legacy where Bush "flip-flopped". In this light, the McCain supporter above might be feeling a little stupid supporting "military victory" in Iraq unless he started attacking George W as well as unpatriotic and other nonessential nonsense.

    In the end, i hope we're able to stop spending hundreds of billions in war money and start using it to fund/stabilize social security/medicare/health care for our own good. I hope that what happens in Iraq stays in Iraq and they ultimately figure out how to make the new country work....and we don't get stuck on "saving" the Iraqi people while jeopardizing our future by pouring money down black holes and fail to avert a social and fiscal catastrophe 15 years down the road. It's going to be hard and require sacrifices, choices, and real commitments either way as we're not the only big dog anymore.....

    July 19, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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