July 22nd, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 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. Daniel..Amsterdam

    Obama ...is King of Kings of the Universe.

    July 22, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Obama Supporter

    Okay, even as an Obama Supporter, I don't think that this is really a newsworthy story. It's precisely the courtesy that I would expect to have extended to a visiting head of state–and also the sort of "showing off to impress" a visiting head of state.

    Perhaps the newsworthiness, though unstated in this brief blog-entry, comes from world leaders already treating Obama as though he has won the election. I pray the American electorate will see the writing on the wall, and turn out in droves to cast their ballot for OBAMA!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. BC

    "Well Obama now that I gave you a lift to the airport, I hope you'll keep your end of the bargain." – Jordan’s King Abdullah II

    July 22, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Sara

    Obama has respect that McCain can never have – mainly because anybody with any intelligence is aware of McCain's incompetence and arrogance.

    July 22, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. pat C.

    this soooo touches my heart. i am so proud of barack obama. i to wish the united states would look at him as other countries see him. i am a 62 year old white woman that is so in love with obama's purety at heart and fresh ideas. i have seen so many bush's and McCains in my time and obama is a breath of fresh air. i only wish others in my age group could get rid of the color/race bias and start looking thru fresh eyes as to what barack obama can do to heal this world. we have just lost to many young sons and daughters because of old war heroes from the past that think this is still the way to earn respect from our neighboring countrymen.STOP THE DYING!
    GOD bless barack obama!!

    July 22, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Elvin

    Obama is obviously destined to be that one glimmer of hope in time that every great society either accepts to there prosperity or objects to at there pearell. What will it be America pleasure or Pain, Peace or War, Love & respect or Hate & regret. We can't afford another 4 years, America Cant afford it, The planet cant afford it, the world cant afford it & We cant afford it.
    P.S. By the way CNN don't fall for that Mc Cain diversion about Obama getting too much air time, he sells advertising Mc Cains turns them off, be smart go with the money shots.

    July 22, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Kaseam, Florida

    King Obama will K.O. John McLame

    July 22, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. RED STATE

    The GOP is loosing their freakin' mind right now with Obama and the great success he is having overseas.

    Me thinks this trip will get even better for Obama.

    July 22, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. HF in CA

    Like a little schoolboy...sheesh!

    Why doesn't Obama (and supporters) grow up! Why is this news?

    July 22, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. onaje

    America is restoring her credibility and dignity after eight years of ruthlessness

    July 22, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Obama Supporter

    Does this show that even oil kings are carpooling?

    July 22, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. TheTruthHurts

    I would really prefer some investigative reporting. Can someone shine a light on how CONgress is about to bury the country in debt, kill the value of the dollar and generally screw us financial before the new prez even takes the oath.

    This has got to be the most bailouts I've ever seen for a Republican. Must be the electioneering goin' on.

    July 22, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Andre' for Obama

    America take a look. We have never had a person treated with as much respect as Obama. Being a President is being a Leader. To be an effective Leader you must have respect forst and clearly Obama has that. This will help in us talking to our enemies instead of sending in our troops because our President can't put a full sentence together. Enough with the old hard heads who have ran this country into the ground. Time for change

    Go Obama!!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Sheila

    Matt H, the world cares, especially since America has lost in standings in other countries around the world. Bush has made it so that our allies left us hanging in Iraq and Aftganastan because Bush got us into a war that McCain supported based on a lie. We will need the other countries if another war pops up, we can't fight the terriost alone. So it does matter if other countries feel friends with America. Don't be stupid all your life, we need to look at things for what will happen down the road. McCain ratings are pitiful in other countries, they see him as another taste of Bush. when we need help from other countries, I hope you are willing to strap up and go fight along with McCain the war hero that has about as much sense as a rock.

    July 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Rob from Va

    I think this probably does not say a whole lot. We will probably never know what was said in the sedan ride to the airport. However, time will tell if Senator Obama's trip will actually gain any real traction in the states (I certainly hope so). So far, it looks like he is being well received and respected by the various governments he has visited. Just wait until the European visits. One thing is for sure, Senator Obama is certainly looking very Presidentail out there and no one who is honest with themselves can dispute that.

    OBAMA 08'

    July 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. bridgette

    I meant maternal grandfather.

    July 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Sharon Kitchen

    Very good.......Alot of people home and abroad see Obama for what he is.....the next Pres.

    July 22, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Steve

    Hmmm.....so unless the media is completely skewed here, I seem to remember that when McCain has gone to the Mideast, he's rarely had more than a minute or two with any of the leadership there. Obama seems to be getting some quality time with the people that don't care much to talk to McCain. What do you think this indicates? Obama is ready, willing, and able to talk to leaders about the issues they think are important, and try to work with them to find a solution. McCain is not. John, if you are attacking Obama these days so that he doesn't look quite so presidential, it's too late. He looks very much like a leader. You look very much like a follower. We don't need followers, thanks.

    July 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. BG, TX

    Can someone tell me why ANYONE would consider voting for McCain, when the difference is so clear!

    July 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Naomi, Texas

    If nothing else... If Obama loses this election bid I think the man would still have a wondeful career writing books about all his experiences running for he White House... I sure hope he wins though 🙂

    July 22, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Reality Check

    Abdullah is a very intelligent, modernity-friendly and reasonable man. It's no surprise that he and Obama would hit it off.

    Mc894/899 must be gnashing his teeth...if only he could remember why.

    July 22, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. xddy4u

    Obama is just a good listener as well as a good conversationalist.
    King Abdullah II just felt comfortable talking with Obama. Even if they didn't agree on all the issues they discussed, he didn't feel treatened.
    Obama has a way of setting you at ease. From a lowly supporter all the way up to Your Highnest, he make you feel you are important to him and he enjoys your company. The man is just a God send.

    July 22, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. NC Man

    Obama supporters need to surf the net and READ how the Arab world really feels about Obama. Check out Al Jazeera English and see the feedback.

    Bottom line is they want US troops out of Iraqi and Afghan, if Obama don't obey them, they see him no different then Bush.

    My question to Obama supports, if the troops are pulled out now "as you all state" what happens t the Iraqi people? How can you put a "timeline" on when the Iraqi people can stand on their own? Regardless if you are for the war or not how can you justified pulling the troops out without any conditions?

    July 22, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Obvious

    How dare someone try to end war diplomatically?

    Obama or Canada 08

    July 22, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Non-Conformist

    Obama makes Allies ... Mc Cain makes Enemies

    Big Difference ... between them ....

    July 22, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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