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. Deborah

    Go Barrack

    July 19, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Danny in Chicago

    Everyone all across the world are jumping on the Obama Band wagon......

    I jumped on a long time ago when no one knew who he was......

    It sure is getting crowded on here!

    What does this mean????

    Maybe people might like our country again! (including the people HERE IN THIS COUNTRY)

    Does this matter??

    ---–You bet your booty it does!!

    (see....sometimes blogs dont have to be mean!!!!)

    July 19, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. RJL

    Finally Bush and cronies are begining to see the writing on the wall....the truth sneeks out of their bag

    July 19, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Deborah

    Sure is going to be nice to have a president who can make a sentence longer than 4 words.

    July 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Deborah

    Sure is going to be nice to have a president who can make a sentence longer than 4 words. Why do republicans consistently favor such intellectually challenged men for president?

    July 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Inspired!

    Barack's Truth And Clear Judgment Beats The Twin's (McCain & Bush) Experience In Lying To The American People!

    July 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. PUMA-Jessie

    Well the surge is working and the war in irag has been won and it is time to start bring the troops home. I believe that we do need a military presence in that area . The present negotiation should produce that agreement and that should wrap up the Irag question. We them can shift some additional troops to Afganistan and clean up that situation. I always thought that they would wrap this up before the general election. That would leave the only open question "who best can keep America safe", a ultra liberal left wing novice or a tried and true patriot who knows a little about war and terror and has lived through them. If the Democrats do not nominate Hillary Clinton, McCain will win in a landslide.

    July 19, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. We know Better

    To Oba,a Trip Hurts Economy,

    I dont know how long you have been following politics, but i definitely know something, your skull is so thick i can see through your brains.
    How is a trips hurting the US economy when McNoEconomyExperience and his group of Whinner Campaign have been to the middle east 8 different times. Ok tell me...what was the gain of US economy when you daddy, Mr McBushThirdTerm went to South America....Anyway, If you are asleep, you need to wake up and think twice but if you believe you are awake already, you need to go back to sleep so maybe you can regain a good memory of what is going on in the US.
    A former Regan Supporter said it best...it is Orthodox VS Ideas...We know better...Ideas will always flog the former....

    Obama has the better Judgement, from diplomacy to more troops, from dont fight Iraq to staying stable on Osama Bin Laden.....

    Think Think Think.......We know better and I hope you do to......

    July 19, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. ralph paduano

    Mcain(older dubwa) is an IDIOT!!!

    July 19, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. lynn

    I'm with you Mike in Carolina. Unfortunately there are people who believe in the double speak Republican mantra: War is Peace, Life is Death.

    Obama in 2008!!!

    July 19, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. lifeonmars

    J. McBush was shot down because he couldn't really fly like he couldn't drive a car now and then. He's for country but could not bear to stand by his damaged first wife while she remained the family glue. This guy has zero integrety and Cindy's "I sell your teenager beer in AZ" money. Get a grip America.

    July 19, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. JoeReed


    You are an ignorant fool, Obama does not take public funds for his election. Guess who pays for McCain's campaign and useless trips overseas including for Colombia?

    In addition, only American terrorists like yourself are allowed to donate to an American campaign.

    July 19, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. colene

    looks like our naive inexperienced senator can teach this bush administration a thing or two. go obama!

    July 19, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. Deborah

    Sure is going to be nice to have a president who can make a sentence longer than 4 words. Why do republicans consistently favor such intellectually challenged men for president? True conservatives, like Buckley whom I grudgingly respected, one would think would be uncomfortable with the fact that their power to win elections always relied on their alliance with intellectual dimwits...people with single-minded , poorly conceived notions....like "we've gotta get-em before they get us".as if it's rational to base a foreign policy decision to go to war soley on the fact that some governements are'nt crazy about the US.

    July 19, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Furious George

    To Obama Trip hurts US Economy:

    What mike in carolline va said....


    July 19, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Go Obama!

    Finally the truth slips out of the White House.

    Obama is going to kick butt overseas and the world will begin to see the US through new eyes. After the Bush we really need it!!!

    I'm proud to have Obama representing us. The world is excited about this man because he is not like all the rest of the Presidents. Just his presence is change. The great thing is his politics and message is as well.

    McCain keeps claiming he can win a war because he was a POW. I give him credit for being a POW but let's not forgot his plane got shot down. He didn't volunteer to be a POW.

    July 19, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. Walt, Belton,TX

    To mike in carolline va:

    Sometimes it is best to keep mouth shut and have people wonder, then to open mouth and confirm their suspicions.

    July 19, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Dan, TX

    I just listened to Lou Dobbs, man, he really can't make a logical argument can he? Pathetic. He criticizes both the left and right using faulty logic as though anything he says makes sense. We need to stand up to these blowhard pundits.

    July 19, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. Morgan

    This is almost too funny to comment on.

    July 19, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Tejano

    Question Obama and face the wrath of the liberal press. Question McCain and they will praise you. Sort of one sided isn't it. Time to question why we are even holding an election. Maybe just take a poll on CNN and declare Obama the winner.

    For your information Obama is not the Democratic Nominee. That will be determined in Denver.

    McCain has my vote because I know i CAN TRUST HIM. WITH MY COUNTRY..

    July 19, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  21. New Yorker for Obama

    to obama trip hurts u.s. economy. You need to review the rules governing campaign contributions and the reporting of same. Seems that the source of your body of knowledge is FOX NEWS.

    July 19, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. BeyondWhatWeSee

    Thanks Mike in Caroline VA- Shame does not kill anymore.

    July 19, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. Jeffrey Allen Miller NY

    Maybe it was a mistake.... and maybe it wasn't. We cannot trust any explanation from the White House.

    July 19, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. Mike in NYC

    Rob, Charlotte, North Carolina wrote:

    "You can't stop the revolution!"

    You'll never get a "revolution" through elections.

    Thomas Jefferson wrote that a new revolution would be needed every 15 or 20 years, and he certainly wasn’t thinking ballots.

    July 19, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. John

    Bush told Americans that he would respect al-Maliki's request that the U.S military begin pulling out of Iraq, if it were his request.
    Bush wouldn't fall short of his word would he.........Bush and his wire-haired terrier aka Cheney, believe that "honesty is a sign of weakness". The one place Bush and his terrier aka Cheney will only find peace is when they return to the ancient Peat moss bogs where they will be welcomed, and where their words impact no one.

    July 19, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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