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. Bev

    Can"t wait for President Obama to visit Canada!

    "Canadians for Obama"

    July 22, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Jeronimo!

    That's the king of "Jordan" Sen. McCain... you know "Jordan" dont you, it's on the border of Pakistan and Iraq....

    July 22, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. a southern bell for OBAMA



    July 22, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Obama '08


    July 22, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. by the way

    My friends, could this trip have tuned out any better for Senator Obama? Here’s to the remainder of it being as successful, and most importantly, as safe, as it has been so far. It's a joy to watch a statesman and a gentleman who by the way hasn’t said a single negative word in response to all the venom being spewed his way constantly since he left this country.

    July 22, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Michael

    “The people of Iraq, and I've been there, are now leading normal lives." – John McCain July 22, 2008

    What could POSSIBLY be “normal” about life in Iraq right now with 130,000 U.S. troops on the ground, daily car bombings, intermittent power supplies, a government held together by bailing wire and gum, and worsening ethnic segregation? Is John McCain that completely out of touch?

    July 22, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. THE O

    For the first time in the past 8 years I'am really really pround of my country..... I have dusted off my copy of the CD

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!


    July 22, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Linda. Boston, MA

    That is a very significant gesture of respect. It speaks volumes about Obama's ability to restore our image in the world.

    July 22, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Johnboy

    "Hey, if I think of an insulting word and put "Mc" in front of it, it would be like a play on words where people know I am talking about McCain but I am insulting him at the same time! That is SO witty and clever! I should take over for Conan O'Brien! Think about it! McShame, McBush, McDummy.....the list is neverending!"

    *Yawn* This just shows the immaturity of most democrats.

    This just in......Nancy Pelosi held the door open for McCain the other day. She must REALLLLLY respect him. Front page news, baby!

    July 22, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |

    Got to love that, Kings shall bow to him, is it the Messiah?

    July 22, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Sally

    I have seen the media frenzy over John Kerry in 2004 when liberals tried to knock Bush out. Sadly, it didn’t work!

    I have seen the way DNC and Obama supporters treated Hillary in the party primary election as well. Doesn't all this on TV and media disgust you?

    This Democrat will register to be Independent! Good bye Dem!

    July 22, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Damian Salter

    All these leaders around the world know where their bread is buttered.
    They know that they'll be dealing with Obama for the next 8 years!

    July 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Bryan, Michigan

    Diplomacy is crazy when we can have WAR. Let the McCain keep on the Bush warpath.

    We can have diplomacy with friend and foe alike without being weak.

    Keep your freinds close and your enemies closer.

    July 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Lindsay

    Works for me!! Hey, I've got an idea–let's unite the world with allies and friendship instead of bombs!

    July 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Maggie

    Why do you think Obama is popular in the mid-east? They must all think he is muslim and he is one of them. Maybe behind closed doors he is revealing is true religion. Obama fits perfectly with them so he is being well received. Americans get used to the idea that you may have a president with muslim heritage.

    Still 100% behind Clinton and hope you democrats have a change of heart and let her be the nominee. There is still time to do so.

    July 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. karen-phoenix

    The American image will be wonderful around the world again. We soooo need an intellegent, thoughtful and educated man in the White House. The world is as hungry for a better image of America as we the American people are!! Go Obama!!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Can't wait to hear how this will be twisted by the media right...

    It's great to have a potential President that not just people in but outside the United States actually like. We've gotten used to being hated for so long that I know some will see this as a bad thing.

    July 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |

    it bothers me that even other countries are drinking the kool aide. Andrea Mitchell yest said she could not report on a gathering Obama had with our troops. When asked a question whether the group was stagged or not, by the appearance of the audience. She said I cant answer your question because we werent allowed in? That bothers me big time. Sounds alot like Bush controlling what the press is allowed to comment on. Disturbing.

    July 22, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Enlightened Voter

    Never heard of any body giving mcwar a ride. Go President Obama!

    July 22, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Shasta

    Matt H- it's very relevant because it is an example of a foreign leader's opinion on Obama. In this globalized world, the rest of the world's opinion about a foreign leader is just as important as that leader's own country's.

    July 22, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Boy the McWar camp and neo-cons are going go crazy they are going to need some prozac.

    July 22, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Down with Obama

    LMAO....ain't that just sweet!!

    Obama is a fool!!!!!!! These people know it!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. EDW

    I just got off of a cruise where I was wearing an Obama t-shirt a couple of times. At least 3 people from different countries like my shirt. The rest of the world is watching and they prefer Barack Obama.

    Obama '08

    July 22, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. ali

    its good to be king!but,its good to be prez ,too!cant wait!oil prices are dropping because tensions are easing with the knowledge that obama will be the next president.bush's oil buddies are not dropping prices at the pump,yet,because they know lowering prices at the pump wont gain them any votes,anyway.i'll pay the price,as long as they leave.

    July 22, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. john williams san diego, ca.

    Is anyone surprised that any middle east leader would not support a possible future president that they would be able to control....sort of jimmy carter like...he might be their messiah but he is NOT Americas.

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