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. John

    Wake-up People Obama is not right for the job!! Obama has lied about paying his way throw School! In fact Obama want to School for free off the American tax payers with free govement grants. Obama will say anything to lie his way into history. Obama hole trip is a trick to steel your vote away from you, don't let Obama put you on the fools list.

    July 20, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Jay

    Nice to see an open example of the Dubya regime filtering the news it sees fit to release to domestic media outlets. Outstanding that it takes a mistake to have something that's favorable to the opposite of their 'plan' to be seen by the public that pays the bills for this so-called 'function.' I guess Dubya's staff doesn't know any more about 'the Google on the Internets' than the fool in charge. How many more months until these vultures are reduced to being the darkest chapter in our history?

    July 20, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. R. Cooper

    There's nothing wrong with reporting the truth! Truth is all the world leaders are going to support Obama's plans! This is no secret!

    July 20, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. w1lldagr8

    with his mixed heritage, being raised in other nations, in overall knowledge of politics, economics, and law, Barack was born to be president and the time is now. When this man comes with an idea, if u notice, Bush soon follows and tries to take credit, whether it be concentrate troops in afghanistan, negotiate with enemies (only smart), or give illegals that r already here a path to citizenship...

    i think honestly, The powers that be in the republican party secretly have a crush on obama

    July 20, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    OBAMA IS BETTER and the WH is angry that Iraq is more willing to work with him than them!

    Obama 08

    July 20, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Cherie

    Well-all I can say is Obama has been right all the way all the time and McCain is trying hard to catch up-so who has the experience? I suspect McCain is a nice guy but is so out of touch it is really sad. He really has no credibility left. I am sure he kind or knew what was going on in the 60th but it is now the 21st century and he just doessn't get it. Obama 08

    July 20, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Mike, FL

    "Bulldog July 19th, 2008 9:50 am ET

    First McCain said Obama was irresponsible for saying he would attack Al Queida in Pakistan if their was solid intelligence. Since calling Obama 'irresponsilbe' our miliarty has attacked Al Queida 4 times in Pakistan.

    McCain calls Obama naive and reckless for wanting to set a timetable to get out of Iraq. Next thing you know the sovereign Iraq government demands we set a timetable and Bush has given in but would rather call it a "time horizon".

    McCain calls Obama reckless and an appeaser for saying he will sit down with leaders of countries unfriendly to the U.S. 3 months later the U.S. successfully appeases and negoitiates with N. Korea ('axis of evil') and they begin to dismantle their nuclear plants. Now they are doing the same with Iran.

    Obama has been saying Afganistan needs more troops and equipment for a year now while McCain barely mentioned it. Obama makes a big speech about it and McCain follows Obama's coattails and states what Obama has been saying all along.

    Who has the judgement?
    Well said!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Phil

    errr, we're not "negotiating" with Iran.. I mean... umm... we're not going to "SAY" anyhting. We're just, uh..., going to sit there. Yeah, that's it. Just sit there.

    ummm.. we're not setting atimetable for Iraq. we're simply agreeing to a.. ummm... er.... "General Time Horizon".

    I give Bush credit for realizing that the situation is too dire and we could not wait until January to implement Obama's plans. It is the first human thing he has done as POTUS. However, as usual in Washington, there is no way they can give anyone from another party credit for having the right idea.

    July 20, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. gbrum123

    ref: mike in carolline va

    Here we go with the if you don't support the messiah Obama you are a racist crap. You might do well to listen to your own advice and open your eyes and your ears.

    July 20, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. anotherview

    FOX NEWS: "Iraqi PM Steers Clear of Obama Plan" Today, July 20, 2008

    CNN is a bit lagging on current events it seems, or do they have an Obama agenda?

    July 20, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Patrick Belvin, Lake Stevens, WA

    Mistake? Hmm, maybe not – maybe that White House aide believes in the same strategy plan as most Americans – it is time to establish a time table for moving out of Iraq. Though that aide is probably out of a job on this Sunday in July, the erroneous slip of the video clip tells the world that Iraq needs to stand on its own!

    July 20, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Pat

    The Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has supported a troop withdrawl for the last six months or more in spite of the insistance of President Bush to "Stay the Course" in Iraq. It is Bush who wants to keep the Iraq war going.

    Similarly, it is the undying, unwarranted support that Bush embellishes upon Israel that keeps the war going in the Mid East between the Israelis and Palestinians.

    I agree with Prime Minister Brown. Israel needs to stop or at least diminish the settlements and start showing genuine cooperation without ultimatiums if they are ever to enoy Peace. The Bush Administration has given Israel unwarranted support for many years. This administration see only side of the Mid East situation and that is Israel's and I think the world knows why they choose to see onlyy Israel's side. The Bush Administration needs to start treating both sides equally and end their more than incredulous favourtism towards Israel.

    July 20, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Only those stupid people against Obama dont want to admit Iraq dont want us there anymore. If we elect Mccain we all will be sorry.



    July 20, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Who Cares Department

    As the Obama Camp and the White House go back and forth, not much is being done to solve the Iraq problems

    July 20, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Michelle

    CNN, could you please update this article.

    The new report states that there was NO endorsement of Obama and that the remarks were misconstrued.

    This new report is posted in CNN's general news section. Thank you.

    July 20, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Anti-Rob, Charlotte, North Carolina

    The only revolution going on is in the confused mind of Obama and his Obamabots - none of which have any clue here

    July 20, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. shawn atlanta

    This story is important because it shows that the white house is once again having to change its policies and that change is in lock step with what Sen. Obama has been saying for the last 18 months. It shows that Obama has continually been receiving the correct intelligence, listening and coming up with plans for success despite being the under dog, despite not having been the afganistan, and despite having gone to iraq several years ago. With all their years of experience they have failed where Obama has succeeded with only a short time on the American stage. That is incredible, that is why this story is news worthy.

    July 20, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Lewis Moore

    This is to "OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY!" and anyone else who likes to change the rules when their candidate isn't benefiting the most from them. Isn't the object of campaigning to get support from the citizens in order to get "votes" for the election. How is Obama buying the election? Is it because he is raising more money from people like me. I've never though of donating money to anyone in a presidential election. Guess what i have given Obama about $175 over the last 3 months. He didn't by anything from me, I "Willingly" Gave him the money to support his campaign. Again his campaign didn't buy a thing from me, I SENT THEM THE MONEY. Hopefully that makes a little sense to you.

    To make my point clear, you can't buy the election. The people are voicing their opinions when they support their candidates. Either send more money to Mccain or shut up and let the Evolution of the POTUS continue.

    July 20, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Canadian black man for Obama.

    Why don't they just admit Obama is right all along?

    White House is doing everything Obama has planned to do when he becomes the President Of The United State Of America.

    Bush is running out of option so he have to use Obama's plans. That is Okay because future belongs to nex generation and Obama is young and he for the future.

    God Bless America

    July 20, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Matelot

    The current administration if following OBAMA'S blue book. Just look at the IRAN negotiations, The reinforcement of troops in Afganistan, The time table (Time horizon as they want to call it) withdrawal in IRAK. My question to you is: WHO HAS THE BEST JUDGEMENT TO LEAD?????

    July 20, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. PG

    Seeing Obama interact with American troops and foreign leaders brings back HOPE that I can be proud of the US President again.


    July 20, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. IMO

    Just how long is McSame going to fight the inevitable, everyone wants the troops out. McCain is used to war, he running on his ability to handle a war – I guess that's why he's fighting so hard to keep us there.

    Obama is loved everywhere, not because he has a "rock star" status. He has a "rock star" status only because he is loved by so many.

    July 20, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. CL OT

    Too bad obama did not support the surge because the surge got us to where we are today. I can't wait until our troop come home but, lets make sure we don't leave too early. Because I do not want to go back.

    A vote for McCain is a vote for America!

    July 20, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. shawn atlanta

    FYI Obama received majority of his primary donations from the american people so he didn't buy the nomination America supported the nomination not only with money but also with votes.

    July 20, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Cathy in MD

    Slip up? Maybe an unconscious, Freudian slip of sorts. Maybe. Or … could there be dissent among the ranks? A deliberate move on the part of some disillusioned White House aide. A subliminal call to the outside world: “We must overthrow the Bush Dynasty and heir to the throne, John McCain. The Emperor has no clothes! Obama, Obama! He’s our guy.” But, just a simple “mistake?” I really hope not. We can’t afford mistakes that involve “pushing the wrong button” when it comes to the White House. And, by the way, this new “general time horizon” is laughable. Do they think we’re stupid? Apparently.

    July 20, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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