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
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  1. A Million Monkeys

    If a million monkeys can eventually type Shakespear then million mistakes in the Bush WH eventually gets something right.

    how funny!

    The only thing Bush did Right was a mistake!


    Ha Ha He He

    July 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Obama '08

    President Obama

    July 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Pat Va

    CNN MODERATORS: Your disdain for Senator Obama is patently obvious, but may I remind you that the FCC takes a very dim view of the media attempting to circumvent political outcomes (you weren't very successful at doing this during the Democratic primaries). So, I think it would behoove you to print my innocuous comment regarding the stated subject. Thank you.

    What can I say...the Bush administration is the gift that just keeps on giving!!!! LOL

    July 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Why is this not a top story??

    The prime minister of Iraq openly supports Obama's Iraq plan and this isn't a top story? Why is it buried in the ticker?

    July 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    Sounds like the WHite House is finally starting to see the light. They just don't want to admit it!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. ChicagoJosh

    So the White House was going to cover up this story?? They're embarrased about giving credit to a Democrat?? Whats more important to the White House, winning in politics or winning the war??

    This story is no suprise. Obama's plan was the only one with common sense. Of course Iraq doesn't want to be occupied for 100 years. Not even our puppet government can say that. If they al-Maliki would agree to McCains plan, their government would collapse due to revolt from the people.

    July 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Hadley

    Well it looks like everyone will soon be backing Sen. Obama's plan; just waiting for McCain to get on board...this train is leaving the station!

    July 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Ron B.

    I couldn't help but smile and giggle upon reading this!

    July 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Chris from NY

    It was no slip up. All things work together for good to them that are called according to purpose of God. It was meant to happen and it did. At leaset now we know what's going on behind the scene.

    July 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |

    OH NO!!!!!......A WHITE HOUSE ERROR..... and they had almost made it thru the entire administration's terms without any...!! I sure hope that the decider made the decision.... he could get a bit of political "cover" from OBAMA for having put this thought in front of al-Maliki... a kind word from OBAMA about anything this administration says or does
    would be a major plus for Bush. Wait.... its probably a GREAT LEFT WING CONSPIRICY...!!!!!!!!!!

    Thats how it looks to this "old"/retired guy from Ma. Yup, the same guy a FORMER REPUBLICAN... Hoping that the country can recover its standing in the world, get the hugh debt of my grandkids back, get fully behind curing global warming.... and perhaps find a way to give this republican administration its due in a court of law, we all know the the court of world opinion has judged them already...!!!!

    Thanks for reading

    July 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. whiner

    thank you for your support for obamas iraq plan.now get out of his way ,and let him implement it,before you lose even more support from the people.this white house is a disgrace.why isnt karl rove in jail for contempt,yet?

    July 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. California Gold

    I'm sure it was an honest mistake. Who hasn't fat fingered an e-mail and wanted to crawl in a hole? But I must say this is a deliciously wonderful "mistake". Upon hearing the news John McCain couldn't figure out what was going on since, by his own admission, he lacks knowledge of computers, the internet or e-mail.

    July 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. David Goldman for OBAMA








    July 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Gimme A Break

    Even the Iraqi's agree with our guy.

    July 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Joshua Lee

    If the media fails to cover this story the way they covered the Jessie Jackson BS... Then I just don't know what to say anymore. This is major news that directly affects this election. Obama's positions are being validated and agreed with by the leader of a "sovereign" Iraq Gov't. The Bush administration is doing now doing in Iran what Obama has been saying all along.. having direct talks in order to find a diplomatic solution. In North Korea... diplomacy and face to fave talks are now solving the problem. Obama has been saying this all along and has been contsistently proven right. How do the Neo-Cons get away with this false portrayal his "weakness" on foreign policy????? The Media

    July 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Peter of Oregon

    Bush and his Administration, including John McCain need not be ashamed of following Barack Obama's lead on this matter.

    July 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Taylor

    Further proof that Bush and McCain know Obama was/is right about the war. Enough said.

    Obama '08

    July 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. not important

    So will Bush administration support Obama?

    July 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. what are you thinking?

    HAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh boy that is so funny the Repubs are going to win this election for Obama... thanks guys, but i guess now you are going to have to counter with another attack add...oh i have one for you "Obama-he has B I G E A R S ...some say it is a sign of terror" oh those Repubs...they get funnier and funnier every time

    July 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Ryan Saxon

    It's interesting that you would report the slip-up by the White House but fail to cover the actual content. The Iraqi PM is signaling the view of the Iraqi govt and that's not news? How about you tell me some more how Congress "needs" to act on President Bush's lifting of the executive offshore drilling ban? CNN is a disgrace.

    July 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Davis

    This is just beautiful !!!
    You just can't make this up, folks.

    July 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Josh

    Just like every Obama policy, they first criticize and then, make modification to the wording, and then adopt it. OBAMA 08 !!!

    July 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    Good that they made the mistake otherwise it would have been some time before we found out what was said, if ever.

    July 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. bk

    CNN is as bad as NBC,CBS, and ABC. Did anyone notice Obama gets credit for everything from these networks. It seems to me that the networks knows that Obama has no experience and someone else will be running it, like Chenny had to run it for Bush. No one seems to care all they care about is a black man becoming president. This country is more important than making news.

    July 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. EAE

    How will they try to spin this one ... you know Bush and McCain are going to try to talk in big wandering circles about this screw up ...

    July 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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