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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (1,001 Responses)
  1. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Bush staying in America hurt the US economy.
    Can we send him to Iraq and hurt theirs too?

    July 20, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. eleanor owen

    Al Maliki made the statement of agreeing with Obama's timetable for withdrawl to the German magazine "Spiegel". So it would have come
    out anyway. It is too bad our government namely Bush can't tell the
    truth to the American people. The propaganda and lies they tell about Obama is pathetic and deceitful. I think Bush/McCain are the axis of
    evil. Is not the devil charged with being a liar?

    July 20, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Jimmy from CO

    Posts like the one above from OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY! is the entire reason I am supporting Obama this election. These completely irrational arguments have drove me away from the right, THANK YOU!

    July 20, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. RA

    So the administration has all but admitted Obama is right. Only 6 more months and the most inept administration in a century will be history.

    July 20, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Mike

    The current news story now says that Al Maliki does not specifically support Obama's plan. Read between the lines. The Bushies called Al Maliki to remind him of who is signing the checks to waste Billions of American dollars in Iraq. Be that as it is. Maliki has repeatedly said that he expects American Troops to leave Iraq and has refused to sign the Bush pushed treaty to allow American troops to stay. Bottom line, Bush and McBush want permanant or very long term occupation of Iraq. Al Maliki, Obama, American voters and Iraqi voters, want American troops to leave.

    July 20, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. marianna

    Upon returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, will Sen.Obama withdraw his nomination?

    July 20, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Alma

    Obama has been right from the begining!!!

    Republicans would love to have someone as intelligent and as a good war strategist as Obama...

    Republicans would love to have an Obama.

    Obama the smartest choice for president.

    July 20, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Will in Montgomery AL

    Well said Mike ! 😀

    July 20, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. TSAH


    Think about this – If Maliki was "thinking" of a "time-table" and Obama was talking about a "time-table" there where is the MISTAKE in him agreeing with Obama??

    No one else was speaking of a "time-table" – as a matter of fact, Obama was ridiculed by Bush and McSAME and other Repubs for talking about a "time-table".

    So who are we to believe? Maliki agrees with Obama – the "CLICK" sunk the SHIP and now the WH and Maliki is trying to "tone" it down so that BUSH would not look soooo ridiculous!!! Case and POINT!!!

    July 20, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. KP

    To the Bozo who thinks Obama is a terrorist and his trip is hurting the US Economy:

    Lets here your facts to support your acusations. You talk about buying the presidency? The Republicans have raised more money than Obama and the Democrats. The reason the media didn't go with McCain is because he didn't invite them.

    Obama for America and America for Obama!!!

    July 20, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. eleanor owen

    to obama trip hurts us economy. Is there not a place where we can
    ship this guy. He should not be allowed in America. He could not be
    that stupid, he is evil, a spoke in the axis of evil.

    July 20, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Rob in CA.

    Who has better judgement, the man who voted FOR the war, or the one who voted against it. The Republicans and the Bush administration have left our govenment in shambles and trashed our Constituton. Anyone who thinks McCain is going to be any different is sadly mistaken.

    July 20, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. CD

    Where is that horrible girl called Lisa and all her republican undercover agents? I love to admit it but this election is going to be a landslide for Democrats.

    July 20, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Becky in Indiana

    I know $50 came from me : )

    Obama for President!!!

    July 20, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Franky

    "to obama trip hurts u.s. economy. obama is on his first trip and mccpuppet has been there EIGHT times!!!!!! were you born stupid or did you study to get that way?"

    You know what's funny about that?? He does sound pretty upset........I mean, real upset!! LOL!!!

    July 20, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Phil

    Just another move by an administration who has let the people down. How many more e-mails did they hold back? I thought we are suppose to be on the same side.

    July 20, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Martin Agnew

    So this is news?

    July 20, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Needed Change

    Looks like good judgement has trumped Bush/McCain experience.

    July 20, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Louise

    How about CNN, has a vote offshore drilling? yes or no? Maybe then she might realize that the 75% means Congress in general, not just the war in Iraq.

    July 20, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Andrea

    LOL! Has anyone bothered to tell McCain yet? Why is he still suggesting that the Iraqi government is against Obama's plan for withdrawal???

    July 20, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. John

    The only reason Obama is traveling is to make a good showing for himself. It's all a just for show to try and dupe the voters into thinking he knows something about foreign policy. I like that McCain has traveled a lot and can see things for what they are. Obama just needs to crawl back under his rock after McCain wins the election.

    July 20, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Jerry in Boston

    "How about if we elect a President the old fashioned way — through fair and honest elections, based upon the candidate's actual patriotism, experience, judgment, and service to country"

    Or how about we elect a President based on his POLICY PLATFORM?

    What he's actually going to do, not what he has done in the past.

    Experience and judgement are important, but if your policies are awful, like John McCain's, it's irrelevant.

    July 20, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. DonnieJ

    This administration is so incompetent they can't even send e-mails to the people they want to send the e-mails to.

    So, McCain, does this mean that the Iraqi sovereign wants us to "fail" over there? Or do you and al-Maliki just have different definitions of success? He defines it as Iraq taking over their own affairs, while you apparently define it as an indefinite US presence in the territory of a sovereign that doesn't want us there? Whom should the American people side with on this one?

    July 20, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Miko Kansas City

    proof that the white house is dishonest with america. Bush has never been accountable for the many mistakes that he has made. we were never meant to have that bit of information. Bush is so deceptive. Bush wants to be a dictator not only to the U.S. but to other countries, John McSame is more of the same. they want us out, what right do we have to continue to bogard in someone elses country!!! BUSH NEEDS TO ADMIT THIS INFO ON TV.

    July 20, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Willy

    I'd say get the heck out of the Middle East. Drill for our own oil, sorry Nancy Pelosi but your taking food off my children's table by your grandstanding. Then let those middle eastern blow each other up!

    July 20, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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