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
soundoff (1,001 Responses)
  1. Anil Sharma

    A time table which also requires different factions to work together will give motivations to both side. Each month's withdrawal should be tied to some agreed political goals and financial penalties if goals are not met and the troops have to overstay. Setup a non-partition steering committee to evaluate the progress.

    July 19, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. asd

    looool...and poor Mccain is standing there all alone on this issue.

    July 19, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Timothy

    Obama is right from the start Bush Administration was trying to hide the truth about Obama being right about the withdrawing U.S. Troops from Irag. the Bush Administration is corrupt!!!

    July 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Know the facts

    So, Obama has been right all along. I hope Bush and McCain like the taste of crow.

    July 19, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Perspicacious Chicagoan

    Watch as the White House continues to try to borrow Obama's playbook in their attempt to create a legacy – We are already seeing discussions with Iran, troop withdrawals from Iraq, and greater focus on Afghanistan.

    July 19, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Steve

    Wow! McCain's virus of flubs seems to be catching!!! Nice thing about email is that a politician (or his/her staff) who sends it, can never say, "I never said that." The political landscape is changing dramatically, driven by the internet and other electronic media. The days of a politician being able to wiggle out of statements are over. Politicians might actually have to start being *gasp* HONEST!

    July 19, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Janet Singley

    There is no stopping the Revolution. You can stand back and hate or jump on board to the future. We welcome all Republicans who are tired of party divisions and broken promises!

    Go Obama '08 and beyond

    July 19, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Karen


    Two things

    1) Demonstrates how stupid Bush administration is
    2) Poor McCain..when you have such friends- you really do not need enemies...

    July 19, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. rumpusgoopus

    "Hit the wrong button..."? The White House has keyboards with "Send to the Press" buttons? This story was written by someone who has used a computer before, right?

    July 19, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Will from Gaithersburg, MD

    All aboard the Obama train!

    Obama 08!

    July 19, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Gail Hooks

    The Lord works in mysterious ways. Thank You Lord:)

    July 19, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Obama for President

    I think Bush does not want McCain to win the presidency. He has been taking the advice of Obama the last one month.

    Sorry McWar

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

    When are we going to see the headline "McCain's Iraq Problem"? Because you know if the shoe were on the other foot and McCain's approach had been endorsed by Maliki, that is what all the corporate media outlets would be headlining.

    It's good to see at least the WH has started to realize that Obama has the right strategy. Bush is too stubborn. McCain is too senile. We need someone who is capable of thought, nuance, civility and intellect in the WH – Obama is far and away the superior choice.

    July 19, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Chris

    So.... Iraq doesn't want us there, and the American people don't want us there. Mr. McCain, your response?

    July 19, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Logan Karsten


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

    Dear CNN, are your moderators at lunch? 17 minutes to moderate, after one comment? I must still be on the "not you" bench.

    July 19, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Hope

    Any body with a brain shoudl realize Obama will be a better Commander in Chief than McSame

    McCain will be similar to Bush...Then it will be the end of America

    We really need change

    July 19, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Maxine

    Bush Administration was trying to hide the truth Obama's position on withdrawing U.S.Troops from Irag. How can any one trust the Bush Administration they are liars!!! Mccain is more of the same.

    July 19, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Mike, ATL GA

    I have to believe someone in the white house press office did this on purpose....

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

    why not post my comments? noone else is posting anything ,here?do you moderators get paid anything for working on the weekend?i dont think you care what people have to say.you just throw out 4 out of 5 comments regardless of what they say.im going to the huff post.im tired of typing for nothing ,here.

    July 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. jason twombley- missouri

    only smart one is Obama......so now yu Hilly wannabes...get on the boat or get the hell outa the way. America will change with or without YOU !!

    July 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. loribee

    Thanks "W"!! You and McCain are really on top of things this week!!

    Obama '08 and '12!!

    July 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. NW

    Good job Prime Minister AL that's the way it should be for the truth not for what the Bush's Administration wants because that's not the way the Amecian people want. they want the troops to widthraw from Iraq as soon as possible. The white house people are trying to flip flop again about their words. It's already given out what their intention was and when they found out that no one ever interested in it at all then they are trying to reversed their words. This is the way they win always fip flopping all the time. We need to change this kind of mentality been going on for decades. We neen a new direction which we all can believe in, Obama 08.

    July 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Brandon

    Slip up? Just like the CIA name leak. It was Cheney.

    July 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Obama is a GOD

    you betta bo-lieve it!

    July 19, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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