July 25th, 2008
11:32 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama: King’s Mercedes 'a pretty smooth ride'

Sen. Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah Tuesday.
Sen. Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah Tuesday.

(CNN) - So what exactly did Barack Obama and King Abdullah discuss when the monarch drove the presidential candidate to the airport? CNN’s Candy Crowley asked the Illinois senator that very question.

Obama didn’t divulge “confidences between myself and King Abdullah” to Crowley. But he said the ride was smooth – perhaps too smooth for some.

“I gather he was going faster than it felt while I was in the car,” said Obama. “That is the report I was getting from the Secret Service afterwards.”

King Abudllah II of Jordan drove Obama to the airport in a Mercedes 600 this week as Obama readied to fly from Jordan to Israel. Their ride followed a meeting regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict.

WatchObama says the king gets the keys


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  1. Remy

    Obama shows that he is a president of diplomacy and not a war monger. America is recovering lost image outside of USA.

    Thanks Obama!

    July 25, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. McCain and Bush-Brothers of the Same Crazy Mother

    It's so cute. You say that the car isn't environmentally friendly, you don't care to hear about him, he's not important, he's selling out. LOOK IN THE MIRROR at yourself and see how you have sold the country out, allowing yourself to be a believer in that old, senile, destined for a nursing home in the next year McCain. He lives for the rich while the poor will continue to suffer. I happen to like the Mercedes 600, and the only reason that many of you don't like Obama is because you know that a black man WILL come through on his word

    July 25, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Barack the Vote in RI

    To all you Obama haters….

    Let's be real – after ALL THIS and you STILL have a problem with the man?

    It's ok the dislike someone if the reason is legitimate but let's be honest about the reason. You guys need to take off the hooded sheets and get with the program. Really….how stupid do you think we are.

    Obama 08/12

    July 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. JMcM

    To NoMcsame,

    If Obama was white, Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee and it's pointless to deny it.

    A white man, no matter how brilliant an orator, no matter how good his judgement, with such a thin resume wouldn't have had a prayer against Hillary. For a start he wouldn't have got 20% of the African American vote, let alone over 90%. There would only have been one "historic" candidate and consequently there would have been no buzz around him at all.

    Obama has many qualities that wil make him a great president, but don't try and pretend that being the first serious African American candidate hasn't helped him. That has been absolutely crucial to his success.

    July 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Kenneth

    I bet these foriegn leaders are a lot more happy to have a discussion with someone other than the cowboy Bush.

    July 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. tedious898

    America amazes me.

    There are some many that despice Barack just because of his skin color. What else could it be?

    Certainly, he gets along well with anyone from any other country – leaders no less. And yet here in america there is this rather large population of "Barack haters" that demean anything positive he does.

    They call him names...and I honestly believe they would spit in his face the moment he extended his hand to them. Heck the guy has done nothing to any of them, except run for the highest office in america.

    Boy....this type of hate is hard to live with

    July 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. kheard

    NoMcsame–
    I could'nt have said it better. There are some serious problems with a lot of Americans. To outwardly "hate"" someone that has expressed only unity and hope to millions of people makes you wonder. Americans are beside themselves to try and hide an in grown behavior taught and preached in their homes. Why do people see themselves as better? Why Hate? This election has shown the true colors of many Americans and its sad.

    July 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. SGJ, Chicago, IL

    I feel sorry for McCain given his past... but then I remember he is the one that flip-flopped on so much so he could pander to the repubican base of Bible thumping, Nascar driving, science hating demographic.

    Your time is at an end... or let me put it in plain english u can understand – "Buh-Bye"

    Yeah like cnn will ever publish this.

    July 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Ron. Toronto Canada

    Why is it that I read hate and racist rmarks against Obama. Which I
    might add is a felony in Canada. While every country he visits,
    there leaders welcome him with open arms. Do they see some
    thing you are missing. Wake up America change or sink. It's your choice

    July 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Steve

    Now, That was cool...

    July 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Charlotte

    What a joke, they can afford the fuel..

    July 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. D Laney

    "Janey for McCain July 25th, 2008 12:59 pm ET

    The golf cart that McCain uses is environmentally clean–can you bots say the same for the Mercedes? A little hypocritical, perhaps?"

    – Yeah, its a bit more eco-friendly then Mccains Boeing 737-400 – I think it gets about 12 inches to the gallon.

    July 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. p davis

    Amen, NoMcsame

    July 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Nora

    Many of you don`t see tactics from 2000 and 2004 – sad !!!

    July 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. sensible Cape Coral FL

    There is nothing that scares the daylights out of old white men more than a well educated, articulate black person or a well educated, articulate white woman. God bless America.

    July 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. don

    All I can say is that those on the soapbox proclaiming that anyone against Obama is racist is very disappointing. Their own narrow-mindedness precludes that from the posibilities that there are other reason such as experience. And that if Colin Powel was running on the Democratic ticket, he would win in a landslide. Its a shame that some people are so closed minded.

    July 25, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Barbara

    GO OBAMA GO. FOR THE JERK THAT REMOVED OBAMA'S PRAYER,,
    I REALLY DON'T WANT TO EVEN CONSIDER WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU, YOU SEE, IT WAS NOT YOUR MAIL, YOU OPENED
    "GOD'S" MAIL? THE "KING OF KINGS'" I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE IN YOUR SHOES FOR ALL GOLD IN THE WORLD.

    July 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. ex republican

    Why is the oil spill in the gulf being covered up by the media? To protect mcCANE?

    July 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Gary in VA

    There are a bunch of Haters out there. First McCain insisted Obama go to Iraq. He even had a day counter of how many days he hadn't been there. Obama goes there add a few countries to the trip and is overwhelming welcomed and adored by the other countries. Now McCain become a Obama stalker noting his every move. In my opionion Obama was a huge success. He displayed statesmenship and represented the United States of American very well. Did he look presidential? Of course he did. The American public was wondering if he could fill those shoes. He filled them very well and the shoes looked better on his feet that anyone could every image. Remember Senator Obama is a very smart and highly educated man. He has simply beat them at their own game POLITICS!!!!!
    Below is well said by NoMcSane had to copy and paste.
    Obama. Educated by the white man and now after he learned and did the right thing the American way he is hated more by them. All our lives we are told to stay in school and out of trouble and all doors will be open to you. Take care of your family and pay your bills and everything will be ok. Well we have a man in Obama that has done all of the above and he is hated by many Americans. WHY??? If he was White and the world had the same view of him as it does right now he would be the greatest man alive but just because he is black he is called every hate filled name in the book. They say "who does he think he is" and all sorts of things about him. In other words they are thinking doesn't that "N" know his place. I will answer thay for you and the answer is YES he does and his place is the place that he is in right now running for the office of the President Of the United States.

    July 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Well look what we have here. A mature adult from America talking with other leaders from other countries. That's something no one has seen for a long time. Better elect McCain and stop the good will right now before the world gets a better impression of Americans.

    July 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. OBAMA WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT!

    OBAMA YOU ARE SO REFRESHING AND SO REAL, I'M GLAD YOU ARE NOT A DIEHARD POLITICIAN LIKE THE OTHERS, MAYBE THATS WHY YOU REPRESENT REAL CHANGE. LOOK WHERE ALL THIS EXPERIENCE HAS GOTTEN THIS COUNTRY. I HAVE TWO HOMES AND MAY BE LOSING BOTH OF THEM SOON, BUT YOU GIVE ME HOPE!!! GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. THE TIME IS NOW, WE ARE THE PEOPLE WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!

    July 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Shannon in California

    Obama has shown us all that he can connect with world leaders, I am sure the jealous republicans will have something negative to say about this. However, if the situation were reversed and this were McCain instead of Obama, everyone would be singing his praises and no one would have anything negative to say.

    Let me just say, I think Obama will be an excellent president.

    July 25, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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