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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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. The Truth

    Being driven by a King...need I say more?

    July 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. ANGIE

    TOM:::::: I THINK OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT HAS DONE A GREAT JOB IN SELLING US OUT TIME FOR OBAMA TO GET US BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Raymond Duke

    To nomcsame. Partially true . early education was Indonesia. It is a mulim country. Do you really believe he got a western education there with no teaching from the "KORAN". If you believe that , well it is kind of like that Rodney Dangerfield movie (BACK TO SCHOOL0 when the college professor asked him where they were going to build their business. Rodney Dangerfield replied "IN FANTASY LAND'.

    July 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    IT SPEAKS VOLUMES HOW ONE CANDIDATE IS PERCEIVED AND RECEIVED OVERSEAS, DOESN'T IT?!

    Rush Limbaugh will have a conniption over this!!!

    July 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Oh! The Irony

    This is big. Real talk. If you have the King of a nation decide he wants to drive you to the airport himself? What does that say about the way Obama interacts with world leaders? Wow!

    July 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    Thanks CNN for keeping us informed on every detail of Obama's vistit, but I am dissapointed also I wanted to know "what he had for breakfest."

    July 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. McCain has you all crying and yelling at the clouds now, huh?

    I have been reading these posts and it seems like a lot of people want us to be hated by foreign countries. Obama is having all these nations happy to see an American and our great political process. However, all I get from all of you is cry cry cry. I thought we'd want to rebuild our relationships with other nations after the last 8 years..? I guess not. Go on vote McCain, but when nothing changes and can't even work with our allies, don't go crying. Wake up, all of you.
    About the ride, he was offered the ride. You don't turn down a ruler, especially in his own land. Stop crying all of you.

    July 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Tim

    What? McCain has never been driven around like that? No, he just rode for free in his wifes corporate jet and only paid for the trips when it came to light.

    July 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. DEBBY, NJ

    BARACK OBAMA
    THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
    BARACK THE VOTE AMERICA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Jeff (IL)

    Every day I am shocked to see polls where more than 2% of Americans are planning to vote for John McCain. Why are so many (though not enough) people willing to vote against their own, and their nation's best interests? Must just really, really LOVE war.

    July 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. John, NV

    This media love for Obama is getting little ridiculous now. CNN, what’s next news, ohh sorry Obama news since there are not any other news.

    July 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Rj

    OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Enjoy

    A true leader found a place among friends and world colleagues.

    July 25, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    NoMcSame, If Obama were white, he wouldn't be the Democratic nominee. The vast majority of people who don't support him see he lacks enough expereince for the toughest job on earth. His race has nothing to do with it. I'd vote for colin powell in a heart beat, but not that amateur.

    July 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Image differences

    Obama with King Abdulla and McOld with limping Older Bush .
    .

    July 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Kelly Anderson

    Obama is a puppet candidate and will do anything to get a vote.

    July 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. patricia

    Go Obama!

    July 25, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    Perfect chemistry.Royal treatment.

    July 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Franky

    Holy snaps!! The King has a mercedes??? Let me clarify..... a mercedes 600?? Guess what guys?? .....Party! LOL!!

    July 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. OK in CA.

    Ok the man demands attention. He deserves it because he is polished. His style is a perfect fit for the CNN political coronation promotional tour. I am voting for Obama but I didn't drink the kool-aid and this man who will serve "we the people" needs more than a Madonna PR tour for to nail down an understanding of his politics. Shaping the world will mean more than a photo op.

    July 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. trudy

    I listened to jim clancy, i admire Jim Clancy but disaapointed with his comment that obama thinks he is above everybody. i think Jim clancy sounded personal after the news conference in france. You need to be objective to your viewers

    July 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Willow, from Iowa

    I think its great, he rides in private autos with kings, he has pix of him and Gen. Petraeus laughing it up in helicopters, he fist bumps his wife on stage. I think all this is far better than watching Clinton play the saxophone.

    July 25, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Obamalism

    and Obama's motorcade stopped at a stop sign. Then the moved on. Then they yielded. They were going over the speed limit.

    blah blah blah.... has the media no shame?

    July 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. gary

    CENTURIES BIGGEST JOKE IS OBAMA. BUSH MAY HAVE DONE SOMETHINGS WRONG ,BUT O.B. WILL GET US DEEPER IN --.WHAT A BIG JOKE.

    July 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. unity

    I know of no sitting US president or candidate that has ever gotten the positive embrace Obama has received from this diplomatic 'war-repair' trip abroad. McCain is no match – Not even anywhere near the same league as Obama. Let's move our country forward & not park it in a 1950's war zone.

    July 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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