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
soundoff (1,001 Responses)
  1. Yo

    Im voting for my boy Obama cuz he is black like me and he will take care of us black people. Obama 08 Oh yeah. Word!!

    July 19, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. EA

    "Oops they did it again, they play with hearts, oh baby baby...."
    Sound familar? What a joke the RNC is.

    July 19, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Dick Seng

    July 19th, 2008 5:18 pm ET
    Andrew said:
    "As much as I support Obama's plan for ending the war, I don't think this really means anything. Maliki is inept and corrupt, and his support for anything should be taken with a grain of salt".

    I have to ask you Andrew, if you personally know Mr. Maliki or not.
    Obviously you must to make such grave accusations to the current leader of Iraq.

    July 19, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Tommie NY

    this why I am voting for obama-he's a sensible and realistic person. Whereas mccain is arrogant, dangerous and naive.

    July 19, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. jason, tx

    "OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY!" – um, you are crazy calling Obama a terrorist or being connected to terrorists. What is wrong with people????

    Malaki has asked for a withdraw plan and Obama's is the one that will work. He's a PATRIOT, has shown intelligent and wise JUDGEMENT, and, yes, he can speak.... God forbid a leader be able to speak. The whole "showman" argument is just grasping at straws... feeling a little desperate?

    July 19, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. steven Buku Jlopleh

    This is exactly the same old argument that Sen. Obama has been making for months now, that the foremost qualification for being president of America should be determined by a person's judgment on crucial issues that this great country is faced with. Again, this recent "mistake" on the part of this White House has clearly demonstrated that Sen. Obama has the right judgment to be the next president of this great country. Though, as compared to Sen. McCain, Sen. Obama is a newcomer to the politics of Washington D.C., however, his (Obama's) astute political foresight and judgment appropriately make him the right man for the humongous task of digging this country out of the political, both domestic and international mess that policies of the current president have plunged this country into. If I may say, many of those policies were and are supported by Sen. McCain, who is essentially running for a George Bush third term. After all that we have witnessed and experienced under this current president, why would anybody in their right mind want to vote for a candidate in Sen. McCain who represents policywise, the same old themes of the current president. It is time for a new direction in America and that overwhelming wave of change is taking place in this country with the hopes, aspirations and inspirations that the Obama's candicacy offers for America both domestically and internationally.

    July 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. GOZ

    They want us out. We want out. Everyone is happy. Declare victory and leave asap.

    July 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. shannonL

    LOL...why should we expect anything less from this inept administration.

    July 19, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Bob, Oklahoma City

    Andrew, at 5:18, said that "Maliki is inept and corrupt".

    I guess that's why Bush and Cheney installed Maliki ar Iraq's PM. They must have thought he was somebody to whom they could relate more effectively.

    Now he's bowing to the will of the Iraqi people, rather his American masters. How "inept and corrupt" of him! 🙂

    Obama in '08!

    July 19, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Dick Seng

    It's getting more obvious every minute that Bush is copying Obama in hopes of appearing to be a real President.
    He's had 8 years to do that and only in the closing months of his disaster is he trying to do the right thing.
    Obviously, it's way too late!!
    Goodbye Bush. Please leave quietly but do it now.
    We don't want you!! Got it??

    July 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    The medias coronation of dumbama continues.

    July 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. KP

    It is wonderful to have a sensible future leader, BO, who is smart and wants to move our country in a positive direction. I don't understand it when we are spending more and having homes lost and banks closed, that we would want McSame to come and continue to fuel the mess our country's in!! On a positive note, BO has outraised and spent carefully, isn't this some indication on how his presidency would be? May he have a successful and safe trip and get a true indication on what's happening.

    July 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. JIM...TX

    Andrew..it makes no difference if Maliki is viewed as competent or not. He IS the leader of the Country there an if he wants us out at a specified time we should abide by that. Besides how many people think OUR leader is incompetent! OUR wishes for Iraq should now be second without comprimise to theirs.....

    July 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Courtney in Vegas

    Courtney in Vgeas
    Yes he does! No McSame can't do anything about it.

    July 19, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. mel

    White House will do anything to lie or cover up. Bush and Cheney
    have done whatever they want in this administration. They gotten
    away with a lot of wrong and it's okay.

    July 19, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. kenneth bernstein


    hee hee hee....the repubes head's are exploding!!!!

    boy oh boy...obama is gonna rock their world

    obama 08 and 12


    July 19, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Deborah

    I find it most interesting the way the US always insist that other countries adopt our agenda, regardless of their own internal or regional concerns. So while the Iraq government dominated by Shia wish to have a friendly relationship with Iran, whose government is dominated by the Shias as well...we insist that they elevate tthe US issues to a status higher than their own concerns. I imagine the real sticking point in the negotiations about when US troops will withdraw revolve around the fact that we are insisting on an agreement which allows us to use Iraqui territory to lauch attacks against Iran. Boy makes ypu proud to be an american huh???

    July 19, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    A great idea is a great idea.

    Sanity is non-partisan.

    OBAMA 08

    July 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. RB NJ

    So Americans refuse to lift there HEADS from out of the SAND?? What has this war done others than DEATH? We are no safer now than before......how can you truly measure our safety??? This war has been and will!!! continue to be about DOLLARS!!! In there pockets OIL,CONTRACTORS and your ADMINISTRATION(BUSH/CHENEY), Vietnam,Gulf WAR, Iraq.......................Afghanistan..............what has changed the BODY COUNT?

    July 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. mike in carolline va

    to obama trip hurts u.s. economy. obama is on his first trip and mccpuppet has been there EIGHT times!!!!!! were you born stupid or did you study to get that way? 8 times is 8 times the hit on your tax wallet. keep your mouth shut and your ears open and you might learn something or stop being a racist!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. Susan

    The last time Obama went on a world tour a couple of weeks ago; he came back with a timetable plan.

    Did anyone notice what Putin and the leader of Iran did? Putin claimed our nuclear arms agreement with Russia hurt them while it helped us, and the Iranian president tested nuclear weapons.

    We MUST leave some sort of presence overseas or the attacks will start again. Let's see what the world leaders do this time after Obama gets back.

    July 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. Bond_Dallas

    I will be glad when Obama is back home safely. There is so much security risk overseas. I just don't trust too many people that are jealous of this man,,, many are fellow Americans that can't stand his run for the WH.
    May God keep Obama safe and may God bring victory to our troops and prosperity to our country. Keep praying all.

    July 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. BlueDog Dem

    I'll tell you where Obama's money came from...it came from me who, while active politically all my life never gave money to a candidate before, and millions like me. Paranoia has a habit of getting in the way of clear judgement...this trip is funded through Obama's own campaign funds...if you want to talk about the American Presidency for Sale...check into the oil companies' contributions to the Republicans in general and Bush McSame in particular. Come on...grow up...

    July 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. ryan

    You have to be an American citizen to contribute to a political campaign in this country. To say he is receiving money from overseas is absurd. The FEC monitors where donations come from and campaigns must file monthly reports on where their contributions come from. Sounds like another poor attempt by the right wing, neo-conservative attack machine.

    P.S- McCain didn't invite the media to attend. That was his own choice.

    July 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Naomi

    Someone in the Bush administration hit the wrong button...LOL...why does this not surprise me.

    July 19, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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