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. Duffman in CA

    Obama buying the presidency, GREAT! Let the free market be free, just like all conservatives have been saying for years. But now, it's not fair, huh? Boo, hoo!

    July 19, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Wisest one of All

    Only traitorous scum who hate the US back the racist Hussein Obama.

    July 19, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. The T

    mike in NC Va...let whoever talk about Obama, he or she is too scared and dumb to know the truth or don't care about the facts. If he wants to vote for Mc Shame let him (wasted vote) we don't need them...We're going to change the world and this country...READ THE HEADLINES even the Whitehouse is coming on board with Sen (President) Obama.

    July 19, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Lynn Smith

    Mike in Carolina – Just because someone does not support Obama does not make them racist.

    July 19, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Tony

    Last post and then I'm outta here for the night, but folks, how about we ALL try to treat each other with greater respect? I know we all get "mentally irregular" about things (myself included) but in the end we're all in this together. Wouldn't it be nice to use these blogs for sharing observations, thoughts, etc. like it was originally intended? Instead, it feels like we're a bunch of howling monkeys flinging feces at each other! How's THAT for an image?

    I'm going to try and chill out, and hope that sooner rather than later both Obama and McCain sit down in front of the camera, shake hands, and talk about the substantive issues and how they differ. I want to hear them say "we respect each other, and ultimately it's YOU–the American public–who will decide where we go from here." Wouldn't that be nice? And kind of the way it's supposed to be, I think...

    July 19, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed the Bush/McCain doctrine adjusting to Mr. Obama's on Middle East policy? The biggest problem for Bush/McCain is that they had to get out their thesauruses at back door summit to change the wording to obscure the obvious coopting of Mr. Obama's vision.

    July 19, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. Venus

    CNN you know this is big news! It should be posted on the main page!

    Where are all the McSame's supporters today?

    Ha,ha,haaaa!

    July 19, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. California Voter

    So Obama is now on this overseas trip that will magically make him a foreign policy expert - remember how he and his campaign indicated that Hillary's experience regarding her overseas travel did not count??? Folks this is a PR campaign and I'm frankly I find it hard to believe that this trip will make voters believe Obama now has foreign policy experience.
    Really!

    July 19, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Marie

    Mike in carolline va! 'Obama Trip Hurts US Economy' this guy isn't worth the post. He is a racist, which naturally means he is stuck on stupid. He was born that way. Peace to you and all that love and respect human kind.

    July 19, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Rick

    I think everyone should bre concerned with what congress is doiong now to make our lives more of a living ---–. Raising the gas tax to add more in their baggy pockets with OUR MONEY, ELECTED CROOKS ARE ALL THEY ARE.................

    WE NEED BUSINESS MEN IN CHARGE instead of CROOKS stealing OUR MONEY.....................

    July 19, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Chidi Ezeakolam

    It was not a mistake by the Whitehouse but rather they should endorse OBAMA all the way as the only candidate that can save our face.

    July 19, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. smooches in Nawlins

    to Obama trip hurts US..get a life.. McCain does not have the same attraction (draw) as an Obama. McCain is yesterday's news and he cannot compete with Obama on any level. Just like his credentials and his war record ...yesterday's news. He voted for this murdeous war and he is not worthy to be president. He talks about winning and staying the course..but..what will winning achieve.. Terriosim will never be eradicated and there will always be some nut out there with a plan to destroy the US. So put your tirade to bed.. don't be jealous ..your candidate just can't compete.

    July 19, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. Bulldog

    "John F. Kennedy was initially dogged by suggestions from some Democratic Party elders (such as former President Harry Truman) that he was too youthful and inexperienced to be president; these critics suggested that he agree to be the running mate for a "more experienced" Democrat. Realizing that this was a strategy touted by his opponents to keep the public from taking him seriously, Kennedy stated frankly, 'I’m not running for vice president, I’m running for president."

    Sound familiar? This was 1960 and in 2008 we here almost the exact same things being said about Senator Obama. Personally I thought President Kennedy was one of the best Presidents this county has ever had. But if it were up to these "experience" mongers he would never have had the chance.

    July 19, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. Jack

    Obama bought the primary? WHAT?

    THE MAN RAN ON DONATIONS FROM THE LITTLE PEOPLE, NOT CORPORATIONS! DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

    A vote for McCain is a vote for pandering.

    July 19, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. zenas

    Terrorist friends? Of course you're are voting Branch-Davidian red, you are an idiot!

    July 19, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Leon C.

    I agree with mike in Caroline Va., this idiot 'Obama trip hurts America' really needs to stop repeating the republican talking points and if you are a racist vote for 'MCSAME' as you probaly did for the BAFOON BUSH, and if he is elected, GOD LET'S HOPE NOT,and watch how this country that you and your kind (RACIST) supposedly love fall deeper and deeper into a recession and the rest of the world mocks us for electing another BAFOON. Y

    July 19, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. Ron Nebraska

    The gang that couldn't shoot straight , at least this time their incompetence is to the benefit of someone deserving to be in the white house.

    July 19, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. Mike in FXBG

    How do you spell Pelosi (the dupe of the Sryians?) oh, yeah, I know: O b a m a. It's easy to agree with someone who says what you want. Oh, by the way, the mayor of Chicago wants to call out the national guard due their crime problems. Hmmm, seems like what Chicago needs is a "community organizer." Does any one, ANY ONE, know of some one that claims to have such experience? Evidently the last person claiming to be a community organizer, their efforts appear to have failed.

    July 19, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. Dave, Illinois

    The CNN censor deletes pro-McCain messages.

    Hey "mike in carolina", why don't you shut your moronic mouth. Nothing that man said was racist. Thats what you simple-minded Obamites cry everytime a critic of your empty-suit candidate speaks out.

    We are at the point of seriously withdrawing our troops in VICTORY because of the surge that Obama was against. I will never forget the arrogant and demeaning manner in which he questioned General Petraus. Obama is a jerk like his followers.

    July 19, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Andre from Maryland

    It really sounds like this administartion is just playing politics. They do believe that Barack's foreign policy position is correct. At least they are saying this to the Iraq government. This simply means that Barack's policy is seen in the best light of the Iraq people and government. We can not continue McBush's policies which has further hurt our relationship around the world.

    July 19, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. Perla

    First Obama gets bashed for not going to the Middle East, and now the same people want to bash him for going.

    And why alert the press corps? Why not? Obama doesn't have to fear making a fool of himself.

    July 19, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. Andre

    A vote for McSame will be a vote to hurt this country and the economy even more. Please get a grip on life!!!!

    July 19, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  23. Hadley

    Why are my previous comments still being moderated?

    July 19, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  24. frank callahan

    I was flipping through an encyclopedia and couldnt find anywhere listed of any congressional experience for Ronald Regan and father and son Bush. have they ever been senators, congressmen or represenatives. what foreign experience did they take to the presidency???

    July 19, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. Denise

    To: OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY!

    You're jealous. Stop Hating and Grow a spine strong enough for you to stand for something real.
    McBush??? NEVER!!!

    July 19, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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