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. Raymond Duke

    I don't know what the game is here or what is going on. Is it really anybodys surprise that this guy is an Iranian backer and wants the U. S. to withdraw for Irans benefit. Of course as one Muslim to another one, why wouldn't you back each other

    July 19, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. vic lad

    Re; Obama Trip Hurts US Economy
    The writter of the article above must be either be living in CAVE or living in the 17th century.He is so 200 years behind things.WAKE UP, THIS IS THE 20TH CENTURY MAN.

    July 19, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. become so afraid

    If, as all of the Obama fans like to repeat: "we have nothing to fear but fear itself?"...

    Then why is it that Obama has become sooooo AFRAID of being labeled a Muslim that he makes certain not to appear at mosques and removes women in Muslim garb out of camera view, and continues to deny he is a Muslim (as if to be so is wrong)?

    Is he too scared to stand up for what he believes- freedom of religion- at least I HOPE he believes that.

    Or is he pandering for votes by being all things to all people?

    Or is he just a straight up hypocrit?

    July 19, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Mike Bulmer

    @OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY!

    You do realize that McCain made trips all over South America earlier this year on the taxpayer's dime, yes? Do you know what purpose those trips served?

    Also, Obama is not bringing 300 advisers. 300 members of the media are coming along, many of whom are paying their own way since the Obama campaign could afford to bring along only a handful of those.

    Epic fail, Mr. OTHUSE.

    July 19, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. LT in Tacoma, Washington

    I doubt that was a slip up. I think a WH Obamican meant to get this news out! Sweet.

    Yahoo!! There are Obamicans in the WH, too!!!

    Obama '08 Yes We Can!!!

    July 19, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Carl Justus

    It is finally time the Whitehouse acknowledged that Obama was right all along.
    It is also nice that they finally admitted it.

    July 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Vig

    "...the Obama campaign quickly took advantage of the mistake". This is what his campaign has become, one big contrivance. The contrived candidate – that's Obama. Put Hillary Clinton's name in nomination in August and stop feeding the American public sugar water.

    July 19, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. levis210

    go obama. build our image back over the world.

    July 19, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Marty

    this is the final nail in the coffin for McCain. This election is over

    July 19, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Chuck

    I agree with Mike. "U.S. Economy's" 's position makes no sense. MCCain went over there 8 times. So I would think McCain spent 8 times as much money, and was 8 times as harmful to the pockets of taxpayers. And not much happened.
    Obama is going there as a Senator as McCain did. Obama has shown to be a wizard at managing his campaign, no debt, etc., and if he could apply his know how into getting things done in 1/8th the time then sounds good to me.
    Plus Obama's ideas are taking hold ( See White House, Iraqi PM) more than McCain's ideas are. In fact, what are McCain's ideas exactly? If I was an independent, Why should I trust anything he says? All his followers seem to do is hurl vicious bile at Obama. However Inspiration and intelligence and patience can move mountains. I believe that is what Obama offers.
    But maybe Mr. U.S. Economy – can change his name [ as you can't count and the equation for GDP = consumption + gross investment + government spending + (exports − imports) - would probably just send you in a tail spin] and probably then explain

    why should anyone trust McCain at this point?

    -The White House and Iraq seem to agree with Mr. Obama on the war timeline and I have no idea what McCain is proposing ( 100 years or a score) ,
    -McCain's Campaign and economic Advisor Phil "WHINER" Gramm has stepped down, AND
    -McCain can't tell the difference between the Pittburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.

    McCain supporters: Please tell me why McCain is your pick without talking about Mr. Obama.

    July 19, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Puzzled

    Rob, this is more than a revolution. Obama is the "redeemer of all mankind." Don't you know that? Just ask Obama.

    July 19, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. ABB

    The Bush admin. should pay more attention to Obama's plans.

    July 19, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. BrendaF, Mesquite, TX

    So how long after the WH staffer accidentally sent the email that "al-Maliki backs presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan" do you think it took GWB to call al-Maliki and twist his arm causing him (al-Maliki) to backtrack on his original comments? I can hear the conversation now.

    GWB: Uh, Al, one of my peeps messed up. Can you help us out?

    al-Maliki: What did you have in mind?

    GWB: Uh, some might call it a flip-flop but if you say you mis uh, no that's not it, you misspoke, no can't use that one, you, you, you were mistranslated, yes that's it, mistranslated!

    al-Maliki: But, George I was speaking English!

    GWB: Oh, don't worry about that, if you say you were mistranslated multiple times somebody will buy it.

    July 19, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Candidate Obama – 16 months to get U.S. troops out of Iraq.

    Candidate McCain – keep U.S. troops in Iraq for 100 years.

    Kind of makes it tough to figure out which one to elect as President of the United States.

    July 19, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. DEMOCRAT

    So now what is McCain to campaign on? Does he know better than the Iraqi's on when they want us to get out? I wonder if this will pose a problrm for him since he keeps insisting that it doesn't matter when we pull out... the Iraquis have spoken now aht next?

    July 19, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. McCain=the draft

    To: Obama Trip Hurts US Economy,

    Wow! You fell for the smear and fearmongering, hook, line, and sinker!
    Do some research and educate yourself, and you will see how off base you are.

    July 19, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. OBAMA TRIP IDIOT!!

    To 'for sale – american presidency!'

    You wrote the longest comment so far and the more words you wrote the more you reveal how much an idiot you are! Your comments must have been a reflection of who you are – IDIOT FOOL!!

    July 19, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. Antonio

    To Obama trip hurts the economy:

    The main reason Obama is overseas is because of McCain raising such a big stink about Obama needs to go there. Well, McCain got his wish, and it may backfire in McCain's face.

    Now McCain is saying that Obama is over there for photo ops. Excuse me, didn't McCain go on a tour overseas earlier this year, and did he just come back from a free trade trip to Colombia? McCain should be more worried about keeping American jobs HERE instead of trying to get more "free" trade.

    July 19, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Gary Chandler in Canada

    check out my post on the CNN blogs going back 3 weeks.
    Bush does not want McCain to win. He has grandchildren after all, and knows McCain better than anyone.

    July 19, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Jack in MB

    Tell the guy who's "OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY" that nobody could be that stupid or paranoid or both. It's people like him that are going to be the ruination of America. God, help that man to buy a brain...or a straight jacket.

    July 19, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Bud

    Finally this administration does something right and truthful...and what do they follow that with, but a declaration they again made a mistake. We should have Don Knotts and Tim Conway in character and in charge of the WH. Then we could finally understand this idiotcy. If it's a fact - Let it be known, regardless of the political implications. This is the very reason the WH has multiple areas of truth issues.

    July 19, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. Joe the Troll

    "How much did this trip cost? What is this trip costing the American Enonomy? Why does he need 300 advisors? Do they put a piece in his ear and feed his speech to him?

    McCain has been over there eight times — the biased media did not report it — they certainly did no go with him. "

    And we paid for McCain's trips, just like we paid for his recent trips to Columbia and Mexico. He even joked about how we paid for it – more of his pathetic humor. So if you aren't offended by those expenses, stop pretending that there is a principle at play here.

    July 19, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. Richard

    Saddam is dead.. no WMD's..

    WHY ARE WE STILL IN IRAQ LOSING LIVES AND SPENDING 10 BILLION A MONTH? WHAT A SHAME!

    OBAMA 08

    July 19, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Concerned Citizen of America 2008

    I almost wonder if it was accidental that this memo was leaked. lol Obama 08

    July 19, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. SB

    @mike in carolline va...exactly my point! i dont understand how a guy that has a grain of brain in his head can back mccain and say obama's first trip is costing US economy...mccain has been there more than once and was protected by hundreds of troops while he was there...and then he calls iraq safe and still can't get the difference between shias and sunnis...ppl like "obama trip hurts us economy" needs to go back to school and ppl like him are the morons that elected bush not once but TWICE and are hurting US economy. god save america from these morons.

    July 19, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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