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. franco

    Hello People!

    It is very clear that the Iraqi Prime Minister has not noticed that Obama has changed his position about the issue:

    "Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says U.S. troops should leave Iraq "as soon as possible," according to a magazine report, and he called presidential candidate Barack Obama's suggestion of 16 months "the right timeframe for a withdrawal."

    Obama said yesterday:

    “Well, I’m looking forward to seeing what the situation on the ground is,” he said. “I want to, obviously, talk to the commanders and get a sense, both in Afghanistan and in Baghdad of, you know, what the most, ah, their biggest concerns are. And I want to thank our troops for the heroic work that they’ve been doing.”

    First, That is the same thing President Bush has been saying about this issue.

    Second, which one is the true position of Obama about this topic????????

    July 19, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Zephyr

    This shows how retarded the Bush administration is!!!

    July 19, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    good job bush

    July 19, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Fed up with the lies

    Even the Whitehouse staff agrees with Sen. Obama. What else could this be but good kharma?

    Obama '08

    July 19, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Lakisha

    The WH finally got something right.. Once again they follow Obama's lead.

    July 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Bob Scofield

    Yes, in the Bush Administration accidentally sending the truth out to reporters is a mistake.

    July 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. lila

    Tuesday Obama called for more troops in Afghanistan.

    Wednesday Gates says Afghanistan needs more troops.

    McCain is now parroting Obama's Afghanistan's plan and is acting like it's his. Just weeks ago McCain was saying Afghanistan did not need new troops. Why the MSM is not pointing out that Obama has been the leader on the issue is beyond me.

    Obama is the leader on withdraw in iraq.
    Obama has been one step ahead of Mccain in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Gen. David Petraeus said in an interview Saturday in his office in Baghdad that fighters who otherwise would have been sent to carry out bombings and other attacks in Iraq may be going to the rugged, lawless tribal areas of Pakistan along the Afghan border.

    Gen. David Petraeus knows that the Iraq people and government want us out of Iraq. He knows there will be real problems if we follow McCain's idea of troops for 100 years and permanent military bases. The Iraq people and government will not stand for it. If we try and force it... then we become the bad guys. No, if's ands or buts.

    It's time to pack up and go. We can keep a NATO task force in Iraq for a few years to help put out hot spots and nest... but thats it.

    please don't remove my post, mods.
    thank you.

    July 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. mikerucker

    after this, does ANYONE really believe anything this white house says anymore?

    the very fact that they attempt to squash this news, news in AMERICA's interest but not in w's or cheney's or mccain's or ingraham's or limbaugh's or hannity's standard party line of bad-mouth-everything-obama-says, is absolutely shameful, self-serving and completely political.

    the election can't get here soon enough. follow my lead: vote AGAINST every incumbent and throw this slate of crooks out.

    July 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. David Tshil

    Leadership is about vision. Knowing where you stand and determining where you want to go. Obama is visionary as opposed to McCain and Bush who can not clearly see that the world is changing.

    David de Kananga- NYC

    July 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Bob Bledsoe

    I love it! Thankfully it wasn't the nuclear war button.

    July 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. left coast sports babe

    Well, at least this would never happen with John McCain. Since the senator hasn't yet figured out email.

    July 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. tom, ottumwa, ia

    I wonder if mccain will say he has always supported a general time horizon for withdrawl and accuse obama of being foolish for not having the foreign policy credentials to suggest the same...maybe someone should give him his memory pills back.

    July 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. aware

    Get real CNN! There is no comparison! 😦

    July 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    Obama is as about as fit to be president.....i.e.....experience, etc., as I am, ; I might be a little more so, as I have plenty of good common sense, and I do not regard socialism as the answer to problems. This is a system where you can get ahead on your own efforts, and one should not rely on the government for handouts. Let's keep it that way.
    p.s. I am not 'rich', so no emails implying that is so; I was raised during the depression and our parents got through by themselves........hard work and determination, all with a family to raise.

    July 19, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    it's very telling...........we all know that Obama has the RIGHT JUDGEMENT to be president of the United States!

    No matter how the White House wants to hide the TRUTH, it will always comes out!

    Barack Obama – The President of the United States!

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Kathy

    Mistake they let that out on purpose, but they are a bunch of idiots!!

    July 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. ricky

    sometimes i get the feeling w. is an obamacon..

    July 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. BAnderson

    Since John McCain has asked for equal time I certainly hope someone from CNN ask him why no foreign leader supports his policy toward Iraq like the Prime Minister of Iraq supports Senator Obama's.

    July 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. bill

    This Bush administration is pathetic! They know Obama's plan is the best for the US and Iraq yet they can't admit it. What purpose does it serve (other than imperialism) to stay in Iraq indefinately like McCain would like to do? This country's Imerialist impulses got us in this whole mess with the middle east in the first place.

    July 19, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Rick

    When will the WH admit to it's mistake? Obama is making decisions that are seen by many as one well accepted worldwide. I just hope that the WH makes more mistakes to reveal what they are really doing.

    July 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Sarah Bonner

    Too funny! I bet they've been poring over Obama's words and their reactions for months. No wonder they've been trying to implement his ideas as their own lately, Bush thinks the ideas are so good they might redeem him somewhat in the public eye by implementing them himself before he gets the old heave ho. Why else the dramatic reversals lately on so many previously implacable issues.

    Well there's lots more good judgement and vision for America to come, just make sure we elect Obama.

    July 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Army Officer

    Exactly.... Now will the white house and John McStupid open their eyes!!?? Nope! I stilldon't think Bush and McCain are smart enough to see the first Grade writing on the wall.

    Go OBAMA 08

    July 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. jo

    Obama is right from 1st day. This guy knows what is good for U.S.A and the rest of the world. I love you man.
    Obama 08,12 and if possible 16.

    July 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Kwaku Daako, Boulder Creek, CA

    When it comes to the important foreign policy issues, obama has been right from the beginning. No wonder the Bush administration and subtly the McCain campaign are converging towards his positions despite the ill-advised "tough talks". 26 years in Senate is useless unless backed by judgment. Obama has shown great judgment required of a President.
    Let's stop this demented notion that because McCain was a Vietnam POW he's more qualified to be a Commander-in-chief. How stupid can we be.

    July 19, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Jim, Utah

    Guess this sews it up for Obama. CNN--keep working for Barack and Michelle-we appreciate your efforts.

    July 19, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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