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. Crush Rush

    Has someone been lying to us,now who would do such a thing?Well Republicans love to tell lies,they even believe their own lies.

    July 20, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Ken

    Let's count this up.

    Obama says we should negotiate with Iran. He gets blasted from McCain. This week Bush sends and envoy to talk to Iran.

    Obama points out that Al Qaeda and the Taliban are hiding in northern Pakistan and that he would strike there. He is roundly criticized. A couple weeks later terrorist camps are struck in northern Pakistan.

    Obama says that we need additional brigades in Afghanistan. Again the he is criticized by Republicans. Then this week McCain says he'd send additional brigades, after claiming for months that it wasn't neeeded.

    Obama talks about a 16 month timetable for withdrawal. Now the Bush Administration wants to discuss "time horizons" and Prime Minister Maliki agrees with Obama.

    For someone who is supposed to be oh so inexperienced, Obama seems to be nailing it!

    July 20, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. me

    That's something to think about.

    July 20, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Pat

    OBAMA TRIP, your characterization of Obama, sounds like GW Bush.

    You're way behind the times. You need to get current and keep your eyes and ears open.

    July 20, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. IN LIVING COLOR

    This blooper was a mistake but this GOOF reveals their attempt to HIDE the TRUTH from the world. The Iraq war was a MISTAKE but Bush will never admit to his own faults. The REAL TARGET is Osama Bin Laden. Invading Iraq and killing Saddam Hussein was a WRONG TURN.

    Withdrawing troops from Iraq is inevitable but we need to capture Osama Bin Laden DEAD OR ALIVE!

    July 20, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Sandy From Ohio

    I don't understand some of you people. First you accuse Obama of not taking intrest in foreign policy then when he does you say it to get money from terrorests and forgien contries. Did you just star watching yesterday. Obama got is money from the small guy he has not taken monies from any one else. If your going to comment at least get your facts right. The republican have bought the White House the last two elections get with the program OBAMA 08

    July 20, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Helen, NY

    CNN, you are doing biggest dis-service to readers. You are keeping this biased report in your Ticker-box for so long. may I know the reason? I am sure it gives more fuel to Barack. All the other sites including those in Arab World clearly published Iraqi Prime Minister's denial that he endorsed Obama's plan for withdrawal.You should give headline for this report and about the wrong-report published by German magazine. Please correct yourself promptly.

    July 20, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Doofus Cape Coral FL

    I'm with Mike in Carolline Va
    Obama's trip is necessary if he is to be trusted on Foreign Affairs. McStupid already made up his mind and can't change it now. The trip does NOT hurt the US economy. Bush already took care of that.

    July 20, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Drew in Raleigh NC

    obama trip hurts us economy: the presidency has been for sale a for a long time. if you don't like obama, i would hope it is not seriously because of the reasons you listed.

    July 20, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. whiner

    for the trips to afghanistan and iraq the taxpayers paid for it.for his jaunts in europe,his campaign is paying for it .which means i am paying for a portion of all of it,and i dont mind.obama has been slammed by republicans for not visiting troops on the ground,so now you and i pay for it.his trip to europe ,jordan and israel are paid by his campaign ,so quit worrying about who's paying for it.your share is approximately 17 cents.so,"obama trip hurts us economy",stop whining ,unless you want to blame it on mccain who has a countdown on his website ,that you and two other americans have followed closely,to push obama to go.

    July 20, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Michelle

    The reason the press accompanied Obama is because his campaign made all the arrangements.

    July 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Frank, Atlanta, GA

    IF THE "TWO OIL MEN" IN THE WHITEHOUSE FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THEIR COVERT PLANS TO ATTACK IRAN IN CONCERT WITH ISRAEL THIS FALL, THEN THERE IS ONLY ONE PATRIOTIC ANSWER............................................

    MPEACH BUSH / CHENEY AND JAIL KARL ROVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA.....................

    BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. mhm

    the only terrorists obama knows personally, are the one's in the white house,that we are all fully aware of.

    July 20, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. McCain

    Only show, show, we need a plan, not a show

    Hillary, go on, Hillary 2012

    July 20, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Griff

    It's like the Magnetic pull of the Planet.. It's own Gravity is destroying the USA. Too much Inward Power Heading for self-destruct... But I still believe the Planet will look after itself.... Noway will the Democrats be Elected..... Now Way!!! The Democrats are Hell- Bent on this Self-Destruct... "If we can't win" Say's Pelosi. We will bring down the Country....

    July 20, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. The Truth Slips Out!

    It's likely the only way the American public would have ever seen this information from al-Maliki. The Bush Regime isn't known for it's willingness let the truth be told.

    Time Horizon: Bush babble for "timetable"

    Have you ever wondered why, when Obama adjusts his position on an issue, it's "flip flopping" but when McCain does the same, it's "changing his mind"? OTFLMAO

    McCain could USE a new mind.

    Casey | Tecumseh

    July 20, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Mike Florida

    I wonder if Mcsame is starting to regret pressuring Obama to make an overseas tour? Once everyone starts to realize the rest of the world wants to see Obama in the Oval Office its going to get harder to get that egg off your face.

    July 20, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. RFO

    TO: OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY!
    July 19th, 2008 5:21 pm ET
    FOR SALE – AMERICAN PRESIDENCY!

    To the best of my knowledge every publicly listed company has shares that can be purchased in the global market.

    Anyone that thinks the solution to our economic problem is purely a US phenomenon is ignorant at best . 30% of the revenue made exported oil from Norwegian platforms goes to US share holders is just one example of the global market at work.

    A candidate's patriotism is a factor, one made even more important as we attempt to mask true opinions and beliefs under the banner of who is a "true patriot" and who is not.

    We the People know you and have seen you before but this time you well not trick us! The John McCain of 2000 would be a Barack Obama supporter in 2008.

    Obama '08

    July 20, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. BH

    By the way, Barack is NOT taking special interest money like McCain. Barack is getting most of his money from those of us who can only afford to give much less than $100. We give because we believe a change is needed and McCain still thinks that knowing everything he knows now, he said he would still have started the invasion into Iraq. That is not judgement. That is stubbornly refusing to acknowedge the lies that brought us into this debacle that affects our economy. McCain is confused and still doesn't get it. The difference between the two is judgement...and Barack has the judgement!

    July 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. jimmy

    obama got his money from THE PEOPLE!!!

    That just goes to show HOW MUCH the American people want Obama to be president!!!

    July 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. GRACE

    I think it's important that you make two things clear:
    1. Mr Maliki issued a clarifying statement that he does not endorse Obama's withdrawal plan (the statement is easily trackable online)
    2. More importantly, that he said, in the same interview, that he considered the war to have been a good thing for the Iraqi nation (the Der Spiegel intervew is posted online)

    July 20, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Rob indetroit

    I Guess Barack Obama proved he knows what he's talking about.

    July 20, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. lk in austin

    It is clear that the WH realizes what everyone else has for a long time. They are simply trying to save face and hold out until the end so W and Dick C can say continue to believe that they weren't wrong and to let the rep base/faithful hold on to their belief that they were right.

    It is a shame that W and the boys don't care much for the troops and are willing to keep playing their ego game with other people's lives.

    It is not a crime to change your position in the face of the overwhelming truth.

    July 20, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. greenfun

    Why does Obama always do these grandstanding events. He likes to give speeches and wants a coronation at mile high stadium, but he won't have a debate with McCain. Doesn't this bother anyone else?

    July 20, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Loretta from California

    Well, the man has every right to ask us to leave. He is the leader of his country and If the situation was reversed, we certainly would expect an occupying military force to leave our country.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!

    July 20, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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