July 20th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

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. NORA, FLORIDA

    CNN you are full of it for not posting the 2 comments that I made earlier. They were not vulgur but they did speak to the denial that this country and the media are in as it regards giving credit to where credit is do.

    Whoa to those speak out and honestly about the mistakes that the White House and this country make. NEWWWWW FLASH I'm American Citizen born and raised!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. Jason

    TO OBAMA TRIP HURTS US ECONOMY, I really think that u should get some medical help, cause ur not even in the BALL PARK on this one! Lmao, Dunce!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. 17 year old future politician

    It is getting more and more difficult for anyone to say that we should stay in Iraq. The American people don't want it, Many of our allies don't want it, Bush is even showing signs of not wanting it lately, and now Al-Maliki doesn't want it, yet we will stay if McCain is president because "HE" wants it...it could be political suicide for McCain if things like this continue to happen

    July 19, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. Xavier

    Obama Trip Hurts US Economy,
    Obama Hurts US Economy? Bush's 8 years in office and copycat McCain is what hurts the US economy. McCain is an idiot.

    July 19, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  5. TerryDo

    What are the odd, that the White House makes a "mistake" what crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Who the hell would praise Obama's "plan". Exactly what plan is that,; another pie in the sky plan, an abstract plan that when you hear it, you fill in the missing meaning to suit your own Polly Anna idealism and it seems a .o.i.,because you just cannot figure it out..

    God! Are Americans in some sort of a trance?

    July 19, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. Lee

    To the person who rants about Obama "buying the election and stealing the nomination"... First I am a Republican, so not a real supporter of Obama. However, in principal, I must say that your accusations are obsurd. The American voters have the final say in who is elected, not the accountants who add up the contributions. Just ask Gov. Romney (who I supported). Money does not equal votes, it just buys publicity. If the public doesn't like what you have to say, they don't vote for you. But money is a good gauge of who many votes you might get because money doesn't grow on trees. Campaign finance laws restrict contributions to only those who are citizens- individuals, in other words, the money comes from voters.

    All that said, my fellow Republican–Go Mcain!!!

    July 19, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. JohnBoy

    When do the debates start?

    Why is Obama hidding from the debates?

    Town Hall Debates with Americans scare Obama?

    Is he a empty suite?

    Who is Obama, American need to know.

    Thank God for a real American like John McCaine.

    McCaine 08

    July 19, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  8. Scott

    Do you really think Obama will pull out of Iraq if elected? If Obama does win the WH, he will still be promising a pull-out of all troops when he runs for a second term. Remember, the Dems said the same thing when they won a majority in the Congress and Senate.

    And to Mike above, since I too am critical and questioning of Obama's total lack of experience I guess that makes me a racist too.

    July 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. David

    Sen. Obama is way ahead of the pack when it comes to his understanding of what is required to be a leader in the modern world. The cold war is over and a new world is before us. We cannot continue to view the world through the lens of yesterday'. What worked yesterday doesn't necessarily work in the more complicated and sensitive world we live in today. Sen. Obama is on the right course as it relates to talks with leaders and countries others won't talk to. Republican conservatives think the time to talk is after you pumble a country into the ground and lose four thousand young people through war. Sen Obama knows it's best to talk before hand to possibly save lives, money, time and the respect of a nation. Doing other than that puts you in the position we're in now. Can you imagine a world superpower that's hated, deep in debt with a bad economy , a dimished spirit and a third world response to its own internal national emergecies. That's what we have. And I never thought I'd see my country reach that position. Sen. Obama will hopefully put us back on track with a new thought and approach for today's issues and problems.

    July 19, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Dale, Chicago

    What is discouraging here is that when the White House participates in the perpetuation of a legitimate story that does not necessarily support the administrations’ goals, we take for granted that they have made a mistake. Every time the press office does not forward unfavorable information, it should be charged with obstruction of justice against the American people . A little truth for its own sake would be refreshing.

    July 19, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. Lets play the spin game

    Lets see the GOP and the Bush administration try to spin this mistake that they made. Personally i think the person who pressed the button knew exactly what they were doing. Im sure that im not the only one thinking Bush is trying to save his legacy, 1-2 months ago this man would NEVER of talked about withdrawing or even talking to Iran. Why the sudden change of heart, you just made mccain look even weeker,

    July 19, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Ockey

    To "Obama Trip Hurts US Economy": are you aware that only US Citizens can contribute to a presidential primary?

    So the answer to your question: "Where did Obama’s money come from? How much came from his terrorists friends and foreign countries?" is it came from US Citizens who want the country to head in a different direction and are sick of the rhetoric of the Republicans. Campaign finances are audited and scrutinized by the federal govt. every month so the questions you have raised are irrelevant.

    I am curious to know where you even came up with the idea that a US Presidential candidate's campaign could be financed by foreign entities, let alone terrorists. Was it in the email that said Obama was a Muslim? lol

    If Obama's trip to Europe and the Middle East hurts the US economy then did McCain's recent trip to South America and his prior eight trips to Iraq do more or less damage?

    July 19, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Kingslough NY.

    To obama trip hurts US. You pretty sound silly, i bet u were a straight E in school. And something else all ur questions are pretty lame. An 8year old could answer them. Ive never seen ignorance of the highest calibre like yours. We no longer want stupid fellas with the least IQ running the white house. Evry single idea Obama has come up with the idiots in the white house have used it but they simply cant accept its his (obama) idea. Now what do u take of that? U think your experience theory works now??

    July 20, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  14. benvictor

    Frightening. With less than 4 months until the election, Obama will try in ONE week to gain foreign policy/national security experience and to try to show some semblance of being a commander. Equally bad, we are told Obama has 300 foreign policy advisers. Since no two of these advisers can agree on anything, Obama naturally flip flops. Pray for America.

    July 20, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. NOBAMA

    Obama is just trying to remain relevant in the election. He is not a leader. He just takes others ideas.

    July 20, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. NY for Obama

    to obama trip hurts economy, I guess you're one of those who believes the cover of the New Yorker is reality. When you get off your paranoia trip, maybe you'll realize that having a Pres. that is actually liked by the rest of the world is actually a plus for the US.

    After 8 years of Bush and the unpopularity in the world the last thing we need is someone who is going to continue the same pattern. We need change, so stop being afraid of change and embrace it, you actually might like it. Oh and by the way, if you think that the only way to show true patriotism is by having fought in a war then you have a very narrow view of the United States of America.

    July 20, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Kentucky

    Obama is endorsed by Bush and al-Maliki. Barack Hussein Obama must be happy.

    July 20, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. from the desk of, DM of Texas

    The truth is simple, this american has truly broughtout a new interest in the office of President of the United States of America. This man, Senator Barack Obama and those of us that would like to change the course that President Bush and Dick Chaney has set of on. The course of distruction from within.

    Senator Obama, trip abroad will help to restore our standing in the world. America, Yes We Can, lead again.. Let God be our guide and open our mind to change we can believe in.....

    July 20, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Monte in PA

    Very funny, the Bush administration wanted to send the files but instead they opened it saying the wackjob supports Obama's plan of a "timetable" after he agreed to Bush a timetable isn't going to work! President Obama sounds good with First Lady Michelle and Vice President Hillary Clinton!!! PA LUVS OBAMA

    July 20, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Pam, WI

    They want us out. We want out.

    We should get out!

    July 20, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Jim

    To obama trip hurts us economy. Obama is going to Afghanistan on his campaign's dime not ours unlike McIdiot. You really need to open your eyes. If you think the Rerub's didn't buy the election for the chimp you really are as stupid as you sound. And as for patriotism, ask the Vietnam vets how patriotic McIdiot is. He has done just about everything in his power to trip them up and then has the guts to claim he is loved by them. He is nothing more than a pandering puppet of the Republican party. The Republican party has done more damage to the US than Al Queda could ever imagine doing. A vote for a Republican is a vote for economic terrorism against the US.

    July 20, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Jim Hall

    THIS WILL NEVER GET POSTED BUT BUSH AND HIS CRONIES ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN HITLER. HISTORY ALWAYS REPEATS ITSELF. THEY SHOULD ALL BE IMPEACHED THEN TAKEN OUT AND HUNG. BUSH IS A TOTAL IDIOT. WHAT MAKES OUR LEADERS REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL PARTY THINK THAT THEY ARE GODS AND ARE ABOVE THE LAW? JIM HALL

    July 20, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Rebecca From Toledo, Ohio

    This is just a PR stunt by the Obama camp.

    He's raising more money than McCain because every black person in this country is sending Obama their welfare check.

    July 20, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. bri

    AMEN,mike in caroline va.

    July 20, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. anyway

    The republicans will spin this into a terroist story, they are so pathetic. Puma and the repugs, should take a slow trip to a far away place. They will never admit, Obama was right, they can't that is their only fight, they themselves are the biggest terroist of all. They are warmongers and race baiters, that do not thrive on peace and prosperity. That is so obvious in "President for sale"s comment. McCain whines that Obama has not been to Iraq so he goes, he just outsmarted John McCain, he never thought of taking Katie and the rest of the gang. The republicans can not stand this. They want to keep us all in our places, not black and white, but simply the have and have nots. The have nots are the majority of us. The other is them. Think for yourself. They are the big oil companies, that is why we are in Iraq losing innocent lives, even McCain said it. Then they get richer, we get poorer and our menand women come home dead or maimed, and John McCain is voting against every bill that benefits our men and women in uniform. This is not a race issue people, this is a survival of the AMERICAN PEOPLE, issue, not black not white but AMERICANS. So now they call us whiners because we want our families to live a decent life too. I guess they will let us eat cake.......

    July 20, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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