July 22nd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama gets a lift from the King

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/22/art.obama.abdullah.jpg caption="Sen. Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah Tuesday."]
(CNN) - Running for president, Obama is used to getting driven around - but perhaps not by royalty.

Following his meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, the Democratic presidential nominee got a lift to the airport from none other than the monarch himself, in a royal Mercedes.

The airport drive followed a meeting between the two men during which the king reportedly repeated his long-standing view that a Palestinian state is vital to ending the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Arin

    So what?! John McCain will be driving his own Cadillac in Florida after November. He'll be first in line for the Early Bird Special. So there!

    July 22, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. unions are not stupid

    Oh lord we will hear all those PUMA idiots now. "he thinks he is so much better " " he is an empty suit". What a bunch of American retards. There fecal smear of a web site should be reason enough for anyone to stay away from that group. I am happy to see the warm and gracious welcome our next president is receiving. I wish Mc Cain and other could at least at some point acknowledge the mans accomplishments he has on many occasions said very positive and great things of John Mc Cain but all you hear from his camp is negative attack after negative attack!

    July 22, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Joe

    Obama's the man! He's not even president yet and already making a positive change in the world.

    Vote Obama!

    July 22, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    the world is a mess these days, and we played a part in some of that, so who would you rather see out in the world as a representative of the United States of America??? there is NO competition. obama will do MORE for our foreign relations and safety than mccain, NO QUESTION WHATSOEVER!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Max

    Obama seems to have an incredible ability to connect with whomever he meets. perhaps that's why he advocates a direct style of "talking to your enemies" – because he has the ability to effectively communicate and conduct negotiations with both friends and enemies.

    July 22, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Lol! I can just see the McBush backers standing there with their arms crossed, staring jealous daggers at Obama and the King.

    "Hmmph! Who does he think he is? Acting all high and mighty! He must think he is going to be President!"

    Jealous much?

    July 22, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Jane

    This just gets better and better and better.

    July 22, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Sally

    Obama will bring Peace in the world.

    McCain only wants more war.

    July 22, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    What does this have to do with anything?

    Obama is a man who can be respected by other world leaders. He may be able to quickly fix the tarnished reputation we have gotten over the last 8 years by "the gang that couldn't shoot straight".

    This will go a long way towards real negotiations and maybe even (can we imagine?) peace in this world.

    July 22, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. BGIV in NC

    The entire world wants America back again.

    Obama '08

    July 22, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Livonia, MI

    Ending the Arab-Israeli conflict – something mcCain can't do. Now bow to the "King."

    July 22, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Quincy

    It seems International diplomacy is well in hand and 7years late in grand style. I don't recall any republican or democrat ever getting this treatment from a country leader......EVER.

    Maybe the foreign countries know something that we Americans need to learn. But I forgot, there's 28% of the American Public who still believe the current president is doing a good job, that Sen. McCain is the best candidate for the job of POTUS and the economy is just fine the way it is.

    God help us please.

    July 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Kiah

    Loves it!

    President Obama being introduced to his future treatment already!

    Obama '08 & '12

    July 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. JJ

    Somehow I don't think that McCain and his camp is going to like this story very much! McCain got every bit of what he asked for!


    July 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Doug in Seattle

    Seems to me that world leaders in general would very much like to see Obama not only become president, but also be successful in foreign policy endevours. I think that dynamic would be very helpful not just to Obama, but to the entire country as well.

    July 22, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. NoMcSame

    Future American president fit to hang out with a king. McSame not fit to hang out with my dog. Obama will put the office of president right where it is supposed to be and that is in a place of leadership.
    If McSame gets voted in we will stay at the back of the bus as we are with Bush. Please people give this man a chance to help get us back on track.

    July 22, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Obama is showing his enviromentalist credentials in a Mercedes. Being a good democrat he should have road in a Yaris!

    July 22, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. arc, Lugano CH

    Kim, Dallas, TX:

    Well said. Spot on...

    p.s. not everyone voted for Bush though... 🙂

    July 22, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. vjh

    It's a wonderful thing !

    July 22, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Larry

    CNN...you're 2 for 2 this afternoon on Ticker propaganda. First the negative spin on the McCain townhall. Now this complete piece of pro-Obama propaganda. Notice, once again, the majority of the comments that get past your censors is pro-Obama or anti-McCain.

    Keep up the good work.

    July 22, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Just another Obamabot in NJ

    You gotta love this stuff if you are an Obama fan like me. If you aren't well... tough. You all have to remember that America is really PO'ed at y'all Republicans for these last eight years. Next time pick a smart guy with charisma and then you can cheer along like the Democrats.

    July 22, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. arlene,CA

    YES, WE CAN. I JUST LOVE IT.!!!! Obama has the respect of foreign leaders. Something McBush could not achieve. McSame is an extension of McBush. NO THANKS McSame. Obama for Prez 08

    July 22, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. NY State of mind

    Being in the military for 15 years, I would follow this man WITH confidence.
    McCain would lead many to there grave and only care about the bottom line. Life is more than victory claims and I'm tuffer than you.

    Fight for this country, not for a mad man.

    July 22, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. S-Man

    Give this guy a chance. He will make America proud!!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. ANGIE

    CAN YOU SAY PEACE MY FRIENDS PEACE cant wait for mccain to whine about this one!!!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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