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. chuck

    God works in mysterious ways they wanted to keep this worrier away from their families for political gains now its out in the open , the democrats must say something . God bless our next President Barack Obama,God bless America

    July 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Arack Bobama

    Obama's ignorance and naivety are frightening and extremely dangerous for the US. Don't let such an inexperienced person who has never had to make a significant decision, and who has such reprobates as close friends, anywhere near the Oval Office!

    July 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. no McCain!

    This guy is smart... kind of like Barack Obama.

    Let's face it, everyone wants us out of Iraq:
    1. The Public
    2. Moderate Muslims
    3. and Most importantly, IRAQ!!!

    Try and beat that, McBush!

    Obama '08

    July 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA






    July 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. easy


    Obama 08

    July 19, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Joe the Troll

    I guess the White House knows a good idea when they hear one for the millionth time.

    July 19, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Matt: honestly

    And we are suprised by this why?

    July 19, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Cheri

    WOW!! the Bush administration and John McCain must be shaking in their boots about now.

    July 19, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Mimi

    hahahhahaha funny

    July 19, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Andrew B

    The monkey in the White House is such an idiot he doesn't even know who he is supporting anymore

    July 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. David

    The GOP is scrambling to see what they should do. Obviously, Maliki is ON THE GROUND and KNOWS WHAT'S GOING on. Obama has been right all along. The white house and especially the MCCAIN campaign, just like George Bush, argued this would be surrender. But now, they're doing exactly what Obama wanted all along. Obama has the leadership and judgment to lead.

    July 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Dylan Los Angeles

    What excuse will the Bush/McCain war-mongering machine make this time? Both Maliki AND the Iraqi parliament have requested a timetable.

    Poor Halliburton, Chevron, 100,000/yr outsourced security guards and the gang will have to find money some other way now.

    July 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Johntfs

    Nice one there. It's generally good to have your opponents do your campaigning for you.

    Reject Osama / Vote Obama!

    July 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Alesha, VA

    🙂 GO OBAMA!! Bush and McCain ARE so jealous and 'stole" errr....mean following your foreign policies. whoooooooooohooo!

    So much for "irresponisble" McBush!

    July 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. bill for barack

    This one speaks for itself.
    A free and democratic Iraq wants an American President who will restore dignity and self-respect to his own nation and end the terrifying debacle in their own nation.
    Once again Dubya is left to harmoize with the scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz". If I only hand a brain ...........

    July 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Neil Rosenthal

    I guess the White House made a great mistake by going against the Bush/Chaney policy by telling the truth.

    July 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Molly

    And these same people have their finger on the big shiny red button.

    Well, that's comforting.

    But good to know that they are realizing what we all know. Obama is right, and will be the next president.

    July 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    Check Nouri al-Maliki's interview with DER SPIEGEL

    July 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. jermaine

    Obama is the next president. He is going to be a president that goes all throughout the world to meet with other countries no matter if their are enemy or friend. Most of the enemies we have today are because of the foriegn policy that we have had in the past. I think this will all change when he becomes president

    July 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. One of Your Troops

    Yes, thank you...SOMEBODY Please get us out of there! It's easy for war-supporters to sit on their couch and watch from the comfort of their homes, but you come out here...and then You'd change your minds.

    July 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. yankeegirl15

    Ha ha ha ha

    July 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Grant

    It would be nice if they could just admit Obama was right all along.

    July 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Tom

    Typical the current administration rather let America suffer than use a solid, good withdrawal plan that all can agree to.

    July 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Fee from PA

    Isn't this something! I love these types of errors...ones that favor my candidate of choice. I really think George Bush wants Obama to win. He can't seriously believe that he has helped McCain.

    Obama '08...the only choice for me

    July 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Kevin, Evansville IN

    It's clearly a mistake when a good idea comes from the White House. It's not like it's for the good of the the country to hear what Iraq's president thinks. Too inconvenient for McBush.

    July 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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