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. Doug from Martinez

    OK, this is getting interesting. In the last week, the Bush administration has:

    1. Agreed to create a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
    2. Implemented plans for redeployment of troops to Afghanistan.
    3. Began face-to-face negotiations with Iran without preconditions.

    These are all positions that Obama has been calling for over a year, and for which he was vehemently attacked by the Bush administration and John McCain.

    Now that the White House has fallen in line with Obama’s plans, will “maverick” John McCain break with the administration on these issues?

    July 19, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Whining Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY! July 19th, 2008 5:21 pm

    blah blah blah

    Where did Obama’s money come from? How much came from his terrorists friends and foreign countries?

    blah blah blah


    Since you're so full of questions, I have a few for you too:

    Why don't you look into Obama's source of money yourself, and provide some actual evidence of this one way or the other, instead of just shooting off your mouth and speculating?

    And if McCain has been over there 8 times, why did you not worry about the cost of his trips to the American economy? Why are you only worried when Obama goes? Shouldn't you be equally worried when any politician goes over there? Why the double standard?

    And what kind of cost to the economy are you talking about? The plane ticket? The jet fuel? The visas? How exactly does it hurt the economy for one of our government officials to go over there?

    I know you're yearning for the good "old-fashioned" days, but I see Obama as the most honest public official we've seen in a long time.

    July 19, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. gateacher

    hmmmmm.... obama's strategy is right on point! Obama/Biden 08

    July 19, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Sam, Portland OR


    July 19, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. beverly


    July 19, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    Amazing, the chairman of the sub-committee on Al Qeada in Afghanistan, never held a single meeting of this committee. Why does it even exist. Are we, the taxpayers, paying for unused office space? Obama is a joke, that is being played on the American public. This man has done nothing except to run for the next office. Three years as a US Senator and he has spent most, if not all of that time, running for President. It is hard to figure his position when he never has had any voting record to speak of. He has missed almost half of the votes in the senate. How many of us could be away from work for over two years and still get paid? Obama and McCain are away from their desks, and we are paying them and their staff as if nothing was missing. Well, if they are not missed, we must not need either of them.

    July 19, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. samuel kings, in dallas.

    Finally,this whole debate is about what the plan is for Iraq and afghan wars. Obama has laid out his plan and its visionary,brave and decisive. If there had been a plan for Iraq from the start,,things would be much better. mc cain was among the many bickering and war mongering without any plans whatsoever and just hoping that conditions on the ground change.obama has a multifaceted plan and not just a one line chorus about the surge.He has a solid plan for the way forward. We need a fresh face and a brave at that.Thats Obama.Not just the talk about staying the course. Mc Cain has the same disastrous plan as george w.,,,,Or does he have any at all?

    July 19, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. tileman1776

    to the person with all the question on obama trip. Dude are you kidding me, you are the type of voter that do not look at the issues and is brain wash by conservative commentators. get a brain and stop the hate, i mean you are repeating word for word on what i hear from these people everyday. Its voters like you why this country is in the state it is right now, get a clue and remember stay home in November please !!!

    July 19, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. johnny

    let's go

    July 19, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. Hate to break it to you

    Back to what I really want to say, that's great Nouri al-Maliki backs what Obama says about pulling out and really isn't a surprise considering he indicated earlier a week or two ago, but hopefully events in the future will allow them to pull the troops out according to that plan. But one can't help wonder if the events in Afghanistan is started up because one, the extremist are not giving up and two, because they want to bring the war to head there and keep the US preoccupied so they then can go back to Iraq. Afterall, if McCain and everyone else indicates there's improvement, but not completely where we can pull are troops out which means to me they are still vunerable to an attack and the Iraqis are still not able to fully handle defending themselves. I don't know, but time will tell.

    Obama 08

    I also wanted to add that when Obama said Afghanistan is where we need to focus our attention, it doesn't surprise me that they may/will need more troops so I never thought it would be fully over. My question would be do we still continue fighting in this fashion because if they keep coming it sounds like we will be fighting for 100 years or should we just end if for now to fight another day. Afterall, you always have some extremist group that wants to committ terror, that's just reality, we won't be able to get rid of them all.

    July 19, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. R O F L M O!!!!!

    I have nothing else to say but:

    O B A M A

    July 19, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Clinton Fringer

    Mike in Carolina you are just the Obama supporter that makes people hate him. Not everyone that doesn't like him, disagrees with him or won't vote for him is a racist. That tired argument is finished and out of date and it seems like the only people who keep bringing it up are the ones that have nothing better to bring to the table other than their race. Jesse Jackon and his recent spewed hatred should be a good example to prove my point.

    July 19, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. David

    To the person above titled "OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY." What a completely hypocritical and ignorant comment...

    "How much money came from his terrorist friends?"
    – You call for honesty and fairness, yet you irrationally accuse Obama of supporting terrorists based on no truth whatsoever.

    "How much did this trip cost?"
    – Does it matter? I mean honestly, you really believe THIS is what's hurting the economy? This is completely irrelevant. Obama is going overseas after many have questioned his foreign policy credentials, which justifies the trip.

    "McCain has been there eight times."
    – And yet, you bash Obama for doing so. Completely hypocritical.

    If you're going to bash a candidate, at least back up your accusations in justifiable fashion. (and for the record, I'm an undecided voter and have no bias against either candidate)

    July 19, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Vonniewit

    Don't think for one minute that the White House made a mistake! We will find out soon what cards are being played.

    July 19, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. Greg

    Obama trip huts economy.....Are you drunk? Seriously all of these trips in my opinion are a wast of tax payer money McCain's eight trips especially. Putting troops at risk to protect folks that would be equally served by a video meeting is ridiculous. McCain regardless of experience has proven that he is not the average military member's friend as he increasingly opposes issues that makes our lives better. At least Obama is supporting legislation that supports me and my fellow service members. McCain is caught in the past and cannot find it in himself to move with the times and I'm tired of his self contradiction.

    July 19, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Tony

    Hey Mike, show me ONE place in "Obama Trip Hurts" where he even REMOTELY suggests he's a racist! He might be saying things that are a bit over the top, but so are you. The biggest liability that Obama has, quite frankly, are a good portion of his supporters.

    Obama is a solid candidate but he's just a guy, not a god, okay? And calling people "racist" simply because they commit the unpardonable sin (in your eyes) of not wanting him as President does NOT help your cause (nor Obama's). While it no doubt satisfies some urge to scream your peace, most rational people will simply see the "You don't like Obama? You're RACIST!" thing for what it is...a sign that the speaker really just isn't that smart.

    I'm not planning on voting for Obama at this point, although I'm going to continue to collect information. And before you brand me "racist" in your simplistic view of the world, know that it would take me about 10 picoseconds to vote for Colin Powell due to his intelligence, experience, perspective and values.

    July 19, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Paula

    Pesky email! This would never happen if McCain were president because supposedly...he has never emailed. Wow.

    July 19, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. Frank, Missouri


    You need serious help, 'my friend'. Your McCain made a trip to Europe too recently to participate in a couple of FUNDRAISERS ! That's NOT what Obama is doing. Get it ?

    Where does his money come from ? From the average American. I had never contributed to a campaign before – this time I gave a few hundred dollars!

    Maybe you admire that McCain cannot tell Sunnis from Shiites, you don't mind that he thinks that Czecheslovakia is currently threatened by Russia and needs his help . That's like believing that we have to save Narnia next – or you laugh about McCain's rape jokes or his humor about killing Iranian civilians

    Maybe you make over $250K and need his protection yourself (seriously doubt THAT).

    Either, cast your vote – this is a democracy and people like you are just part of the mix.

    July 19, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Terri, Texas

    It appears that the very stand Sen Obama has taken for years is finally being played out. It's just hard for anyone in Washington to admit it. What's this "time horizon" that's suddenly come to be the new "in" phrase. Just admit he was right, along with millions of other Americans and the Bush/McCain group was WRONG.

    I don't quite understand the comment from "Obama trip hurts u.s. economy". McCain all but dared him to go. He's gone, now he's whining. Oh yeah, Phil Gramm already said we were a nation of whiners.

    July 19, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. Real Dem

    Lol O'bama got money from terrorists? How ignorant. BUSH-CHANEY-MCCAIN is as corrupt as it gets. For the no name (O'bama trips hurts us economy) who can't even say a name, O'bama's money from the usa citizens isn't legitimate? So what about the damage the bush administration and the republicans has done to the USA. Forgot that or are you just biased or racist? For you and the others who have put Bush in office you are to blame for all of the bad economy and the way the USA is now. Shame on you, BUSH-MCCAIN supporters. You are so coldhearted and two faced. I can't see how you all can live with yourselves. Let O'bama fix this mess you and bush put us in.

    July 19, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. z in tx

    to obama trip hurts economy,where were you when mcbush was in canada or colombia did he go to get some drug money for his campaign or how many times has he gone overseas ? wake up and smell the coffee obama all the way even the white house has seen the light .they are at the same table with iran.
    obama 08.

    July 19, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. Tony

    And Mike, by the way, based on your post, I seriously doubt you have ANYTHING to teach, so you might want to be careful calling ANYBODY else "stupid". And why, by the way, do I have this feeling that if Obama had been there 8 times and McCain only once, McCain would be "lazy and uninformed" but Obama would be "committed to the cause"? Or don't you think before you type?

    July 19, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. TC

    I think the democrats are going to take the white house this time plus a couple more senate seats to offset the close majority they have there. This kind of thing will continue to develop. Thanks.

    July 19, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. Bill, Covington

    Naturally Nuri Al-Maliki would back the obama plan and an obama presidency. He is a "brother" just like the Amajamajlab in Iran is a brother . They are all cut from the same cloth. Pull all our troops from anywhere they are in the world. Bring them all home. I want to be around long enough to see how much you enjoy what happens next.

    I almost regret having enlisted in the USMC in 1945 to help in some small way to preserve this nation for the trash we are turning it over to.
    We lost a lot of good men, all for nothing.

    July 19, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Moses, Ca.

    People that love McCain can't see his problems. they don't want to. McCain said he didn't like America untiol he was in the H. Hilton in viet-nam. No one talks about that, McCain's supporters must be blind or can't see...LOL

    July 19, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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