April 10th, 2009
06:10 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP accuses Obama of ‘groveling’ to Saudi King

The NRSC has unveiled an ad that accuses the president of bowing before the Saudis.
The NRSC has unveiled an ad that accuses the president of bowing before the Saudis.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The campaign arm for Republican senators is soliciting donations in a new national Web ad that accuses President Barack Obama of bowing to Saudi Arabia King Abdullah during the recent G-20 Summit.

The ad, which appeared on the Drudge Report Friday and scheduled to run for several days, shows a picture of Obama greeting Abdullah at the summit with the headline: Should America Bow to a King?

Readers are asked to click on the “Yes” or “No” button on the ad and it directs them to a Web page where they are then asked to contribute or provide a name and e-mail address to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

“Should the president of the world’s pre-eminent superpower be groveling at the feet of a Saudi King,” the NRSC asks visitors, who are also able to watch a short FOX News clip of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich knocking the White House for denying that Obama bowed to Abdullah.

“Well, I think he bent over with both – to shake with both hands to shake his hand,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on Thursday. When asked again if Obama bowed, Gibbs answered “No.”

In addition to the Web ad, the NRSC e-mailed political supporters Thursday stating the same criticism.

"In light of the bizarre denial from the White House, the NRSC is simply presenting two questions to the American people: Do they believe the White House's explanation that this was not a bow? And if they don't, do they think it's appropriate for the leader of the free world to be bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia?” NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said to CNN. “It's not an attack ad – it's simply raising a fair question."

Walsh also told CNN that in just a few hours of the Web ad appearing on the Drudge Report more than 4,000 people have provided the NRSC with their email addresses.


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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. MODERATE

    These people in the reptile party has nothing to do or offer, except to disparage our president. Keep it up and will see you in 2012, when you will lose again and become the minority in this country. VIVA To OUR PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA. WE LOVE YOU. KEEP THE GOOD WORK .

    April 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. dan

    The Grand Old Phony party is at it again. You would think that people who are so beholden to oil interests wouldn't want to start any kind of flap, no matter how trivial, involving oil interests. I'm sure this story is "energizing" their ever shrinking base. Unfortunately for the GOP, it is also reminding the other 85% of the country of the Bush/Saudi oil link, which was just one more way that Bush screwed us.

    April 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. kabila kabanze

    If he kissed him on the cheek the right wing conspirators would already be calling for his impeachment, Republicans have nothing to hang on.

    April 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    Dave from WI,
    Are you for real?
    What a bunch of hypocrites you Republicans are. No wonder you are LOSERS.

    April 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Chris in Va.

    Two quick points:

    1. The last time George W. saw the King he practically raped the guy, I thought they were going to have to throw a bucket of water on the two of them.

    2. Instead of feigning "outrage" at a greeting shouldn't the GOPers be doing SOMETHING, ANYTHING to help stabilize the economy?
    Wouldn't that go a long way to instill at least a shred of legitimacy to their existance?

    April 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Mad Dog

    The GOP has bowed to the Rush Oxycontin....what kind of protocol is that?

    It was done in respect....dummy.

    More and more ol' Newt is starting to sound like the Newt of old....the same divisive lunatic that has created all this partisanship of politics today. Newt of course has SO MUCH experience in foreign diplomacy....huh????

    Newt....how about you bowing and kisssing my.........?

    Only the 25% of the neo-cons who watch Fox News even care

    April 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. some chick

    SO WHAT...every time the gop opens their ghoulish mouths, it reminds me of why I NEVER vote republican.

    What about Daddy Bush sleeping with the bin laden family moments before 911?? They were all dining together, laughing and exchanging war stories.
    Oh , I forgot , its ok when its a repub.

    April 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. amused

    Obama did what he did out of his nature....it is respectful for one of Muslim lineage, to understand the importance of kowtowing to a Muslim King. He did what us Americans have been doing for years!!!!!!! Bowing to the Saudis, that is.

    April 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Lori

    Wasn't Bush and his family friends with Osama bin Laden's brother? Isn't there ties with the Bushes and the Royal Family? The DNC should run ads showing how close their Republican Idiot was to the Mastermind of 9/11 and the Saudis.

    April 10, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. dh

    LOL. The GOP is critical of anyone getting too close to the Saudi King? The Bushes were in BED with him!

    This as an issue is so laughable. Little W. did all he could to get cozy with that man.

    April 10, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. arithmetic is liberal

    Brian Crooks April 10th, 2009 5:35 pm ET

    So he bowed. Big freakin' deal. He didn't get down on his knees and cry out "I'm not worthy!!!!!!" Have any of the GOP'ers ever done business overseas?

    Republicans think it's only patriotic to deal with people overseas by killing them, so no, I don't think so.

    April 10, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Matt

    This is why the Green Party will overtake the Republicans in the next election. They have gone off the deep end.

    I'll give them one thing they know how to do crazy. The sad thing is a lot of uneducated people are getting fired up and are going to send them money.

    They say the lottery is a tax on stupid people; so it the Republican party!

    April 10, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. GOP Retort

    In the simplist form, bowing is a sign of deference – kissing and holding, at least in this context, is a sign of being overly friendly – there's a significant difference between the two.

    April 10, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Wade

    A kiss on the cheek(s) is a formal greeting. (Europeans do it a lot)
    Bowing is a sign of servitude.
    No leader of one nation shall bow before the leader of another unless he intends to be ruled by that leader. Especially when you are not even in that leaders country. It was bad protocol on Obama's part and showed just how poorly prepped he was at being on the foreign stage.
    Bush never once bowed before King Abdullah.

    April 10, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Kevin B

    The GOP has is quickly becoming the reactionary party, It has become caricature of it's former self. The GOP is attracting nut cases and fanatics without an ounce of common sense lately.

    they are indeed a creepy bunch.

    April 10, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Michael

    When did the party of Lincoln become the party of ingnorance and intolerance? When did the party of Jefferson become the party of hypocriscy and sloth?

    April 10, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Peter

    Bowing in the muslim world is a sign of subserviance, and that is troubling for the leader of the free world to acts as such. What is more troubling is the White House finding it necessary to blatanly lie about the situation...if it was a gaffe, then say so, the dishonesty from this administration in less than 100 days in office is distrubing to say the least.

    FYI holding hands in the muslin world is a gesture of friendship...don't make assumptions when you have no idea what you are talking about.

    April 10, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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