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. shadowgovernment

    To OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY! - Don't worry, town hall meetings and debates are coming in September, when Obama will make McLame look like the joke that he is.

    July 20, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Cora Portland, OR

    Barack Obama will make a fine President and the whole, entire world knows it. Let's just hope, that come November, Citizens of the United States of America push the correct button!!

    July 20, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Sad but true that at the end of a president's second [and final] term, the level of professionalism suffers as the more experienced personnel leave to seek other employment!!

    July 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |

    >"How about if we elect a President the old fashioned way — through fair and honest elections">>>>judgment<<<<>>>>>service to country<<<<<<
    "Faux National Guard Service in Alabama" is that the kind of service YOU value? America is fed UP with the LIES !

    Obama in 08 ... even in Tennessee

    July 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Rave

    What's wrong with it... Does white house want to continue lying to American people?? How long ??
    Obama is the only solution
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. scotty

    Has he met his committee he ls part of over there yet. Notice he has already had time to shoot a few hoops overseas already.

    July 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. He's special

    How many network news anchors accompanied John McCain on his trip overseas?

    July 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. mr. reality

    i guess time horizion means somthing different than time table. for all is inexperience alot of seasoned politicans are listening to him

    July 20, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Hillary Clinton

    Avoid the trauma, stop Obama!

    July 20, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. virginia nielsen

    Reply for the american presidency "for sale": this person statment is a typical comment from a narrow minded outsider like so many that we still see in this great nation. Go research first and after you learn what is true you come back and make a real comment !!! OBAMA 2008-20016 !!!

    July 20, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Tom

    Good to see the White House telling the truth about something, if only by mistake. Obama has the judgment, the common sense, the common decency, the vision, and the leadership ability to help us clean up the Bush mess. Let's give him a chance to do it! He's definitely getting my vote.

    July 20, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Hillary Clinton

    Have you notice that there are about 10 Obama posts for every McCain post. And about the same ratio in the rest of the media.

    Does this seem democratic to you?

    July 20, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Trent Dillard

    I Can't believe CNN posts comments like "OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY!" and remarks about Obama's terrorists friends. Disgusting CNN! You have lost your way!

    July 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX


    You are a clear picture of what's wrong in this country!

    And it started when the Bush Administration hi-jacked the White House.

    July 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Truth Hurts

    The only reason McCain supporters, Hillary's disappointed supporters, and Bush's naive supporters keep bad talking Obama is because they are mad that he is doing what the people they support couldn't get done. It wasn't a good idea to talk to Iran when Obama mentioned it. Now the White House wants to "talk". It wasn't a good idea to give a timetable for getting the troops out of Iraq when Obama mentioned; now even the Iraqi people want a timetable. Get over it!

    July 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Mike Z

    To Obama trip hurts us economy:

    Your commentary is idiotic. You offer no proof of any of your claims and are simply trying to play on irrational, unfounded,(and for the most part ignorant and racist) fears that certain sects of the american society possess.

    You ask questions that have no base, nor make any guise of even presenting them with such proof. You simply hope the fact that his middle name is "Hussein" demonstrates your point (which it obviously doesn't).

    Come back with some references and intellectual discussion we'll actually have something worth talking about.

    July 20, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Andy

    Maybe there's a staffer in the Whitehouse who likes Obama, too?

    Would al Maliki's comments have been news for CNN if the Whitehouse hadn't sent the Reuters article around? Doesn't someone at CNN read the Reuters news feeds?

    July 20, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. BP-from the Left Side

    And God said, "Let there be light..."

    July 20, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Glad to be an Independent

    So Obama was right when he said there needs to be timetables set for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. The Bush administration has adopted the Obama policy. They just call it time horizons. al-Maliki also disagreed with McCain. McCain had said withdrawal means the U.S. admitting defeat. al-Maliki disagreed. He said U.S. withdrawal does not mean U.S. defeat, but rather mean that the Iraq have been strong enough to defend themselves. Obama said months ago that we needed to send more troops to Afghanistan. The question being asked today is who is more fit to be commander-in-chief. It seems as Obama has the right judgment and McCain does not.

    July 20, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. a voice from harlem

    to mike in carolline va in repsone to obama's trip hurts the us economy... i couldnt have said it better myself.. i like how he quickly mentioned how obamas trip somehow made an impact on our wallets then not even three sentences later says mcpuppet made 8. thats kind of ironic aint it. to complains about obamas first trip then say proudly that mcpuppet made 8.. you got to love america dont you lol.

    July 20, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Leah W.

    OBAMA'S foreign policy makes sense and will actually make the United States (and the world) SAFER from terrorism!

    IRAQ's al-Maliki gets it. Even GEORGE BUSH is catching on (see current administration's shift towards OBAMA'S IRAN policy recommendations)!


    It's time for foreign policies that make us safer AND limit the toll on the U.S. military (and taxpayers)!

    OBAMA '08!

    July 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. WOW


    .....what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    July 20, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Gary H

    To Obama Trip hurts US economy. Instead of playing Repug games and thowing outall kinds of unsubstantiated allogations try looking for some truth and listening for once. Obama's trip is being paid for by the campaign. Most of which has been financed by private individuals. The average contribution is $90. All of McCains trips were paid for by the taxpayers. I don't find fault with McCain for authorized congressional trips. But try getting your rhetoric straight.
    Bad enough that you have to spread poison but at least try to make your arguments intellegently. You might as well join the Repugs and vote for them. Until this year I never thought it possible that some people that claim to be Democrats could be so idiotic and us those kind of tactics.

    July 20, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. VM

    "As much as I support Obama's plan for ending the war, I don't think this really means anything. Maliki is inept and corrupt, and his support for anything should be taken with a grain of salt."

    It means that the White House is using Obama's plan.

    July 20, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    To Obama trip hurts. We are electing Presidents fairly. Just because it doesn't go your way, you dont have to act like a 2 yr. old.

    Where did McCains money come from

    Why was he in Europe 8 times. Was McCain getting more money also?

    Why does he have so many advisors as well? So they can controll the strings on him.

    July 20, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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