The Illinois senator misspoke when he argued that Zebari and “President Maliki” are concerned about Iraq’s sovereignty and are not seeking a long-term occupation by the United States. Jalal al-Talabani is the president of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki is the prime minister. (source)Obama did not misspeak. If Obama does "misspeak", Webster's simply adjusts itself accordingly.
Anyway, CNN later stated that Maliki is now the President and Iraq apologized for making it so confusing. Obama accepted their apology and said that Iraq was not the Iraq he has known for years.
Way to go Obama.