July 20th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
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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. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    It is truly surprising that anyone would think that Senator Obama's plan is not a good one. I question the reponsiblity of those leaders who would stay in Iraq. As a nation we can no longer afford to stay. In my lifetime, which is over 65 years, I have never seen the despair and fear I now see in peoples eyes. Whatever the reason given we must come home and rebulid our nation.
    We should have never gone into Iraq, and having stayed over 5 years it is time to bring our soliders home. I for one believed like Senator Obama, that the war was a very bad idea. Even as I watched Sec'y Powell, give the case for the war for some reason I kept saying no something is wrong with this picture. I had no other knowledge then what was on TV; however I did not believe it.
    it was a tragic mistake and we have lost over 4,000 young brave soldiers. It is time to bring the troops home and rebuild this nation to the greatest we once held.

    July 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. independent

    looks like the my vote is leaning towards obama now

    July 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. PUMA 4 HILL

    Even accidentally Obama is getting support... like he needs it.

    Wright, where are you? We need you to come out of the dark and start preaching hate... tell us how Obama was in your church while you mocked the Clintons.

    PUMA supporters for McCain.
    McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    July 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. htillman

    Finally, the Press is beginning to admit that the White House actually is following Obama's ideas here and with the representative to the Iran talks - after the White House tried to use the issues to condemn Obama.

    July 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Anna, SW Missouri

    Are you sure it was done by mistake? Bush seems to be following Obama's plans more than McCain's. Maybe he is getting even for all of the Bush bashing McCain is doing. 🙂

    July 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. kheard

    The Bush Administration is such a dysfuctional group. Why do people worry about whether or not Obama is ready. After 8 years of this circus, Obama will be a master at running this country. It's all about the judgement, not his age or experience.

    July 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Jeremy

    I love this! It just keeps getting better! Go Barack!

    July 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. FL_Independant

    Time tables eh? well according to Bush and Mccain, the terrorist have won now! Pathetic fear mongerers!

    The whole world can see now who has the superior judgement and foreign policy pinache to lead America into the next era of world diplomacy. No more fear mongering.....

    – Susan

    July 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Shane

    GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT THE WHITE HOUSE STILL DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO RUN A COUNTRY. THEY ARE TAKING OTHER PARTY PLANS TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THEY THOUGHT IT FIRST

    July 19, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Matt from NYC

    haha.
    awesome.

    Gotta love those "happy" accidents.

    July 19, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Chris McMahon

    Orrrr,

    It sounds like good cop, bad cop.

    What is really true in this age?

    July 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Myke of Maryland

    In the words of the great Homer Simpson, "Doh!"

    Obama should hire the kid that made this "mistake."

    Obama '08

    July 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Macondo

    Umm...isn't the larger issue that Prime Minister al-Maliki endorsed Obama's 16 month timetable? Would CNN have even reported on this if it hadn't been for the White House slip up?

    July 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Chuck

    Yes and McCain said Obama's foreign policy platform was Naive and out of touch.
    North Korea's Nuke program is gone, Bush sent a delegate to listen to Iran's Nuke people. Bush has accepted the need for a with drawal horizon (time table) which resembles Obama's 16 month plan. Bush calls for more troops to Afganistan come Sept 08.
    Who is naive and out of touch when it comes to foreign policy? It appears to me that McCain is the one that is naive and out of touch, especially since Bush appears to be doing everything Obama said he would do if he were president.
    al-Maliki also stated that a 16 month with drawal is NOT a surrender, which McCain states is what it would be IF Obama followed his plan.
    America has accomplished its mission in Iraq, it is time to leave.

    July 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. m&m

    i can't wait for mccain to join Obama in ending the war in Iraq.our troops need a president who they can trust to lead them to the right wars. wars will always be there.human conflicts do not end but let us do it when all options are explored.

    July 19, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Kyle

    Further proof that Obama was right from the beginning. What is McCain going to do now? shift his positions to Obama's, like he did on talking to the Iranians?

    July 19, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Butch Dillon

    This incident points to the importance of and necessity for strong national gun control laws. With a single bullet, the fools in the White House managed to shoot themselves and McCain in their respective feet. Ha! Ha!

    July 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Why do posts disappear?

    hello, CNN... you don't have to post this but all my posts disappear... why? I posted on this article and now, 10 minutes later, my moderated post has disappeared.
    What was in it that it wasn't on topic or rejected? Just curious to know so I can do a better job.

    thanks!

    Casey | Tecumseh, Mo

    July 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. ONEIL

    This is just the beginning. McSame welcome to the real world.

    Obama 2008

    July 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Chris, Antioch, CA

    Whoops, but it's true! Obama's even going to be winning the foreign policy debate.

    Bush / McCain already know he's right. (Just like us appeasers sending diplomatic envoy to Iran.) What a bunch of friggin' hypocrites!

    July 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Michael Turrner

    Once again, its not about experience its about judgment.

    Obama/08

    July 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Marcus B

    PLEASE POST CNN!!!!!!

    This ENTIRE administration is a joke. I want to see how McCain will get himself out of this corner. Obama has completely run the foreign policy conversation this week, and to boot, al-Maliki has endorsed his Iraq plan. McCain should put his tail between his legs and GO HOME!!!!

    OBAMA/SEBELIUS 2008-2016!!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. K.

    Hilarious on so many levels!

    July 19, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Marc PDX

    So Obama is officially Al-Maliki's choice for president of the US. Add him to the list with Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Achtun!majinedad, and Hezbollah. Some strong support around the world for Change!

    July 19, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Lou R

    Mistake!!! One has to wonder or is this the unraveling of the Cheney/Bush misguided and now floundering policy on Iraq and the military action there. The chaos makers now in chaos!

    July 19, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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