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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soundoff (1,001 Responses)
  1. dannette

    Sure it was a mistake, Bush put his foot down.

    July 20, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Kip

    It's NOT a mistake, they just realize hmm..he's right, what the heck, can't beat him,might as well join him,but cant be too obvious..welcome aboard WH..it's about time

    July 20, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Skip

    Here's my plan. Declare victory in Iraq ("This time we mean it folks"); withdraw troops to Afghanistan; instead of taking bribes from the oil industry, take bribes from Gatorade and Hustler (keep our boys healthy and happy); and finally, 'accidentally' e-mail a missile to anyone who sells weapons to Al-Quaida. Declare victory in Afghanistan and be home by November. This shouldn't take long.

    Vote for me.

    Peace out.

    July 20, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Kip

    I got NEWS 4 you! McBUSH represents the status quo. While Obama represents the new millenium, the new century, the future of our country, the future of your children, and the ultimate movement, an unstoppable revolution!! Good luck to you! I suggest you join the ship before it leaves the port!

    July 20, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Independent_me

    So much for McBush's and the Carl Rove smear machine trying to portray Obama as an ignoramus! This just proves – once again – that Obama has the right judgement, the intellectual prowess and the guts to make the right call on foreign policy and America's involvement in this ungodly war.

    Obama is also right about Afghanistan and Pakistan – that is where we should be directing our time and resources. Afghanistan is quickly deteriorating into chaos while we are bogged down in Iraq.

    God bless you, Obama!

    July 20, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Henderson

    To all who believe McCain is better suited for the job simply becuase he's taken more trips: You are a fool. If this guy were serious about even half of the nonsense that comes out of his mouth, he'd be Superman. John McCain has sold his soul twice now to try and get his mitts on the White House, and I will never trust another word he says.

    P.S. To the clown who threw in "Hussein" for emphasis: Keep buying everything Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh sell you....

    July 20, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    Obama Trip- you left out the most important reason on which we should make our selection........Where these candidates stand on the issues(you can find out by going to their web sites).

    I know its a novel idea for most voters, but I figure, since we have the right to vote, it would be helpful to know where these candidates stand on the issues, instead of basing it on some convaluted criteria that is left up to ones wacky imagination to figure out and define......like what you and your nutzo paranoia have managed to do.

    July 20, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. MP-Pennsylvania

    Finally, we seems to understand that we should not meddle with other people's wars.
    We should let other people have their own battle. You cannot fight for other people. Specially we do not know the dynamics in those countries. We need to fight our own battles. Our economy is going down, our social security is going bankrupt, people are left without jobs and housing market going down. Iraq is a mistake. If we are going after Bin laden, then we need to go to Afganistan, pakistan.

    July 20, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Independent_me

    To mike in Cariline VA: I agree with you!
    When I read comments such as those of "Obama trip hurts US" I renmind myself that there is 1/3 of the country that is die-hard racist and ignorant.

    They will never admit that they are wrong about their position, and they will support Bush to the grave. They are prideful arrogant and small-minded. In another time they would be nazi's, slaveowners and facists...while marching under banners of "patriotism"; chanting "patriotic" slogans like mantras while trampling on the rights and liberty of others. These people hate America and love only themselves.

    They refuse to admit that THEY have just about destroyed this country by installing Bush and his cohorts in office. They prefer instead to blame it on others... They are arrogant and ungodly...

    July 20, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Mike

    Bush and Cheyney are hoping to establish a permanent military presence (i.e. military base) in Iraq which would make up for the one they had to close down in Saudi Arabia. The Iraq parliament has said in no uncertain terms "no way" to a permanent US base. This is why Bush and Cheyney have found it difficult to answer al-Maliki's request for a time table for US troop departure.

    If the Iraq government is asking us when can we leave, that tells me that they are at a stage where they believe they can take over. We should give up are attempts at military colonialism in Iraq and abide by their wishes.

    We need to re-examine our strategic interests in the middle-east and our partnership with the state of Israel. They have proven costly to the US, both economically and with respect to our moral stature in the world.

    July 20, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Rochester


    If someone disagrees with your view or opinion, it doesn't make them racist.
    Wasn't BHO saying John McCain should be here in the states campaigning and listening to the American people? Practice what you preach, BHO has a hard time with this saying. I don't trust what comes out of BHO mouth. To me, get that straight MIKE, I think he's just another politician. I'm not voting for him in the next hundred years.


    July 20, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. sam

    victory? what victory? the only victory that came out of this war was for the oil companies. everyone else losed together with over 4000 lives. i call for full investigation by the new administration on bush and his cronies in regards to the war and send them to the gallows. long live the death penalty.

    July 20, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Hispanic For McCain

    CNN you need to post the comments I stated!!!

    Latinos for McCain!!!

    July 20, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Cathy in MD

    The “For Sale – American Presidency!” comment reflects exactly the kind of narrow-mindedness that got this country into such a mess. Obama’s “terrorist friends?” You must be kidding … or, you’re dangerously misinformed. A bad thing, either way. Such remarks are illegitimate and unworthy of debate. Regarding Obama’s campaign “money,” some of it came from me, a proud American.

    July 20, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. JIM

    Whether you like Sen. Obama or not to make sure comments like he brought the election is ignorant. If you want to talk about people buying things lets talk about how Pres. Bush has sold our Constitution in the name of fighting the War on Terrorism or how Reagan sold weapons to Iraq and then said he forgot he did it? I would have voted for John McCain because he would be a strong Commander in Chief but what we need is someone to take care of home first, because the writing is on the wall when the Government has to help the two biggest mortgage companies in the U.S. stay afloat.

    July 20, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    This is my favorite story of the weekend! Oh those repugs! Many voters "pressed the wrong button" in 2000 and 2004-but that will be fixed on November 4th when Barack Obama is elected President! For those of us who pressed the correct button, November can come none-too-soon!

    July 20, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. JIM

    Racism is America is nothing new, but its getting old quickly and whether you black, white, or indifferent many Americans are tried of people in general making racist comments or decisions about anyone. Racism will have no place in American as long as the majority attempt to keep pressing forward and breaking those racist barrier. I

    The White House did a good thing by letting everyone know the PM of Iraq agrees with Sen. Obama. I want to continue helping the Iraqi people but we have to acknowledge when the military way is no longer the best way but diplomacy with friends and enemies alike.

    July 20, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Mike E.


    July 20, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Paul

    Thanks Mike. Some people simply do not get it. It is one thinfg to show your support for a candidate and another thing to live in the state of denial. I think this is what "Obama trips hurt US economy" is suffering from.

    July 20, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. BBking

    Hey , I don't know who your are, using a chat name from Karl Rove play book. It is only a nasty Republican who call himself this: "OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY." With the economic woe this country has been going through for the past eight years, would you admit for once that your republican allies in the whitehouse, have not only hurt the US economy, they have began laying the tomb stone of the Republican party, and for sure the whole country would attend the funeral of the Republican party come November.

    July 20, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Blayze Kohime

    Clearly the Iraqi population and government want us out of there. We have a choice:

    1) We can follow the democratic choice of the people of Iraq and work to leave no matter the consequences, upholding the principal that this nation was built on.
    2) We can stay despite their will, betraying our principles and showing that we have no real love for Democracy; that its okay to overrule it if a small group feels they 'know better' than the majority.

    July 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Morningstar

    Your Question: Where did Obama’s money come from?

    Obama’s campaign money come from people like me, who are law abiding, loving Americans. We are not terrosists as one of the ignorant poster above says.

    July 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Bill

    To Obama Trips Hurts Economy:

    You contradict yourself so many ways, blasting Obama for going there once and then praising McCain for going eight times... what a hypocrite lmao

    July 20, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Tayo, NY

    Which ever way you look at it.

    Iraqi says no to prolong American occupation.

    Obama Campaign says no to prolong American ocupation.

    McCain, thorugh his greatest surrogate, GW Bush says no to prolong occupation.

    Who then is right.

    McCain should stop fooling us and agrees to face withdrawal of troop from Iraq. That is the most noble things to do to honor ur troop.

    Good job Obama.

    July 20, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Lee from FL

    to the post about "OBAMA TRIP HURTS U.S. ECONOMY!"

    if you read McCain economic plan you would not be saying that.

    i bet you know nothing about his policies.
    do your homework my friends.
    i would vote McCain if i owned a large company such as Enron, or some former American beer company !

    Phil Gramm is bad for the economy.not Obama

    July 20, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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