July 20th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

White House sends press corps al-Maliki praise for Obama plan

al-Maliki praised Obama’s 16-month withdrawal plan in a newspaper report Saturday.

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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  1. Jeanette

    Senator Obama has a brilliant mind and excellent ideas – it would serve President Bush well to listen to what he has to say..... and John McCain too, for that matter.

    July 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. rich

    Well..after telling so many lies, their true feelings was bound to slip out. Its the nature of lies.

    July 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. jimmy

    um, so why isn't the american media reporting that al-Maliki essentially endorsed Obama plan in Der Spiegel? why is this being swept under the rug??

    July 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Chris, MD

    Sounds like a slow news saturday.

    July 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Ovitshio Branco from Arizona

    MCCAIN WANTS TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, WHAT A FRAUD. RUMSFELD DENIED TROOPS BETTER EQUIPMENT AND SAID YOU GO TO WAR WITH WHAT YOU HAVE, MCCAIN REMAINED SILENT BECAUSE HE SUPPORTED HIM. MCCAIN DIDN'T SUPPORT THE GI BILL. MCCAIN DIDN'T VOTE FOR VETERANS STIMULOUS CHECKS. MCCAIN TOOTS ABOUT HIS MILITARY EXPERIENCE BUT DIDN'T SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. WHAT MORE PROOF DOES ONE NEED TO KNOW MCCAIN IS A FRAUD. VOTE OBAMA.

    July 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Patty D.

    Wow. This just sums up what I have always known about the Bush White House. A bunch of incompetent nitwits.

    July 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. leo

    you cant stop the light from shining

    July 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Ian

    Whoops!!!...lol

    Obama '08

    July 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Ben

    This is what it takes for cnn to report this?

    Pathetic.

    First joke-president and his clone replacement bash the democratic nominee for his troop withdrawl plan, then both adopt it. Then, clone continues to brag about how his foreign policy experience is the main reason he should be the next POTUS. Now, the PM of the nation we are at war with comes out and basically endorses Obama as the better candidate, but more importantly, the one who has a better plan for both countries, ending the war, and so forth.

    I'm pretty sure cnn was asleep through most of this....and it took the White House making a "mistake" to bring the story to the light, despite it breaking over 8 hours ago.

    Dear Cnn,

    The story here is how an "unexperienced" senator from Illinois and the Iraq PM made the joke-president and his clone replacement look like amateurs, not that the white house sent an email.

    July 19, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. deme

    ROFLMAO!!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. mollycruz

    Yeah; "withdrawal horizon" is much better. Hard time believing it was a mistake. Pathos is the only direction for this lumpen administration.

    July 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Bill in San Jose

    A Freudian slip, how interesting. Maybe somebody does have a conscience in the White House!

    July 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Ann

    Every plan that Obama has laid out in terms of foreign policy is now being implemented by Bush. Obama may not have traveled more than Bush and MCSame but it is obvious that he has the wisdom, intelligence and fortitude – more than Bush and McSame combined. Why can't America – at least those who back the GOP – see this?

    July 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. fran

    Tips for the WH!!! I know now that they are Obamicans in hiding!!!

    HA HA HA

    July 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Joseph Adewole

    Mistake? Do you call that mistake or the real truth? Obama's foreign policy is such that we have not seen or heard of since Bill Clinton left The White House; everybody knows that; so the idea of calling it a mistake is itself a mistake.
    Barack, in peace you have gone and by HIS grace, in peace you will return to American.

    July 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Barack Uda

    Of course, Obama's right! They're all copying him and following his lead. Dubya is only capable of following and McDrain is incapable of leading this nation out of the ditch.
    Vote Hope

    July 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. PhilT

    Bush – "Mission Accomplished" – Billions of dollars
    McCain – "We have suceeded in Iraq". – $500 Billion Dollars (or more).
    Obama – 16 months vs. 100 years – Priceless

    Phil

    July 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. curtis in WI

    Shrub has in the past month or so suddenly adopted several of Obama's ideas and stated policy plans. Is he trying to co-opt the ideas of the next president as his own in an attempt to make his legacy be something less than the complate disaster it is? Sorry, Shrub. Fooling no one but a handful of ditto-heads.

    July 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Maritza

    It looks like the White House and McCain are playing "FOLLOW THE LEADER" and it appears that Obama is the leader and McCain & Bush are the followers...

    July 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. alex

    If there is a central reason for my dissaproval of the iraq invasion is the fact that, iraqis and arabs in general will never thank us or play on our side, these people have been going at each other since the beginning of times.

    July 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Eric-PA

    What is Obama's plan for Iraq? First it was a complete withdrawl in 2009 and now he wants to keep soldiers in Iraq if conditions warrant it. So, I don't think anyone really knows what his plan is. My guess is that he will realize that his original stance of removing troops within 16 months is impossible and he will keep troops in Iraq for a much longer time. I really don't think his plans for Iraq will differ much from those of McCain's. Obama mentioned the 16 months only to excite the liberal base and help him win the primaries.

    July 19, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Unbelievable

    This comes from the headquarters of the most powerful government on the planet. America is indeed in a downfall. So sad...

    July 19, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Otto Von Hinkie

    Ya. It was a "slip up".

    I hate the Theatre of Politics....

    July 19, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Jeffrey

    Whoops! A non-sexual Freudian slip?

    July 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Patriot

    Is anyone surprised, the bungling of the bush?
    The gang that cannot shoot straight if America's well being depended on it.

    1. Sleeping on the job prior to 911, worse attack on the mainland

    2. Unprovoked Iraqi invasion and the humongous loss of life, limbs and mental health

    3. Giving away the nation's wealth to the richest, who just gamble it away in the markets instead of producing goods and service.

    3. Refusing to ask oil exec buddies to roll back fuel prices.

    4. Out of control spending and ballooning of the nation's debt.

    5. Wasting of the nation's wealth in Iraq.

    6. Allowing the maniac muslims to reconstitute their murderous selves in Afghanistan-Pakistan.

    7. The Hurricane Katrina neglect.

    8. And the list of bush blunders goes on and on and on.
    Fortunately the US is made of sturdier stuff. Another nation would have crashed under the bush incompetence,

    July 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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