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. victor, minneapolis, minnesota

    It's indeed clear that the arab world loves Obama. As some one who grew up in that part of the world, I,m not supprised because they always hopping for a Carter -like(weak) president in US

    July 22, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Mohammed, Minnesota

    ladies and gentlemen...THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

    July 22, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Billy

    Well, it's clear the meeting went well. If it didn't, the King wouldn't have wanted a car ride with him.

    It's amazing the whole world is literally begging America to make the right choice this Nov. Everyone is doing what they can to help America make the right choice so our country can lead again.

    July 22, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Uncle Sam

    He is such a personable guy. That shows just how he can connect with leaders around the world.

    July 22, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Diane

    He could have just flapped his ears and flown away by himself.

    July 22, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Delphine, Netherlands.EU

    I lóóóve to see BARACK OBAMA as president of the US!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Paul

    more like "the rest the worlds commander in chiefs hope for a wimp like this as our next commander in chief barack obama"

    nobama...well any year u like

    July 22, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Bulldog

    CNN needs to be boycotted for their spread of McCain's fear mongering. They are acting irresponsible by broadcasting this free fear mongering for the McCain camp. Almost everything from McCain are attacks posted and aired by CNN at no cost without any solutions. CNN even attacked Obama last night because the ARMY was taking pictures of Obama in Iraq. CNN was a Hillary supporter and now they are taking it out on Obama. Thank you CNN. I hope people stop watching your new spin zone reporting.

    July 22, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Nancy

    i am simply smiling! smiling!

    cnn post it its my view!

    July 22, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Janey/Michigan

    Kim-Dallas Tex–the world loves Obama because he continually demeans the USA and the government–have you never heard of sour grapes? It amazes me that the same people who hated Clinton now hate and spew vulgarities at McCain. They are not at all alike or have the same values–keep drinking the kool-aid, Obamabots. I just hope enough patriotic Americans come to their senses in November.

    July 22, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. The Right Vote

    I count that as Obama's 3rd endorsement from a foreign leader so far on this trip. Slam Dunk, Obama!!!!

    You, You, You!!!!

    July 22, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Jere, Salt Lake City

    Rather than being so impressed that King Abdullah II wants to be Obama's pal, I want to see a promise that our image will improve in the eyes of all our current allies.

    I'm still pulling for Obama, but really, this is just food for Obama-fanboys (and fangirls)

    July 22, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    Never heard of that happening before- how many rulers have personally driven McCain to the airport during all his trips overseas? Looks like Obama already is positioned to do some good things in the mideast.! The better he can impress world leaders, the less chance there is of having to resort to war to solve problems. With all the great treatment Obama is getting, it is easy to see why McCain wanted to tag along on this tour.

    July 22, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    McSame would probably have to get a Blackwater escort or borrow a car from Condi...

    July 22, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Derek in Seattle

    I wonder if they bumped Jay-Z with the seats back...

    July 22, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. JC Atlanta

    Finally america is coming back in the internanional scene after 8 years of BUSH bias
    GO OBAMA

    July 22, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Joe B

    You people have all lost your mind.

    July 22, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Independant Vet

    WHY , EVERYBODY HAS TO BOWL DOWN FOR THIS MUSLIM. THEY THINK HE IS ANOTHER MICHALE JORDAN, BEING HE FINALLY MADE A WHOOP.

    DO YOU REALLY THINK THEY TRUST HIM AFTER ALL THE FLIP FLOPPING HE DOES. WHO IS HIS SPEECH WRITER ? SOME ONE FROM OPHRA , OR SHIPRO.

    SURE IS NOT HAGEL , OR REED. COULD BE THE ABC NEWS DOCTRING IT ALL UP , FOR HIM WITH MAKE UP AN EDIT OUT THE FLIP'. AN FLOP'S.

    REZKO WILL PICK HIM UP , WHEN HE RETURNS,AN TAKE HIM DIRECT TO WRIGHT, AN CELEBRATE HIS ALL EXPENSE TRIP.

    NOOOOOO OBAMA , SEND HIM BACK IN FULL DRESSED UNIFORM. AN WATCH HIM RUN , WHICH WAY, FOR HE DON'T KNOW. THEN HE MUST TRY FLIP FLOPING ONCE AGAI.

    July 22, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Lisa D.

    Brendan says, wonder how the right-wing ill take this...many of them have secretly crossed over in their hearts and minds and are obamacans who will vote on "our" side for Obama. I think Obama can really be a tremendous help toward peace in this region and here at home. The problems the King faces have been there since I was a little girl and Carter was facing these and gasoline issues. WE WILL ALL MAKE SOME COMPRIMISES IN THIS NEW OBAMA VISION, but the poorest to the richest of us will live in a better America each day.

    July 22, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. mayahh

    THE NEXT KING SOLOMON < KING OBAMA ,THE GREATEST OF ALL TIMES, ROCKS THE NATION, AND ALL EYES SHALL BEHOLD THIS ...

    July 22, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. US Army 4 Obama

    I've been all over the Middle East, courtesy of the US Army, and the local populace stance on the US government is usually the same; they think we are a populace of arrogant, and misguided followers of GWB. By the King of Jordan actually giving B.O. a ride to the Air Port will send a message to the country of Jordan, and surronding countries, that this is a man (B.O) to respect. Ally is not just a word, it has more meaning when trust, and respect is involved. I just wish the current administration had this effect on the Muslim world.

    July 22, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Tamara , Canada

    This really shows what airheads the Obama supporters are.
    He gets a ride to the airport and you exclaim that this is another sign of how much the world loves him.
    Take a reality check , not everybody sees Obama the way you see him.
    Obama might have bamboozled a lot of Americans , but he won't get the same free ride in other countries , no pun intended.

    July 22, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. MCSAME

    IS IT JUST ME. CNN YOU HAVE MCSAME ALL OVER YOUR WEBSITE. ARE U TRYING TO PLEASE HIM OR ARE YOU SO JEOLOUS OF OBAMA.

    July 22, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. rere

    give respect, receive respect... a lesson john mccain and the republicans can learn from. not the hatchet jobs they done with foreign policy thus far

    July 22, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. DJ, LA, CA

    Yes...Obama GET ITS. Some of you McCain and Limbaugh fans will NEVER get it. The King of Jordon basically just summed it all up. Israel needs to reconcile the fact it invaded and took over their land from the Palestinians after WW2. The Israeli's have never made a serious effort to make peace or give them back some of their land.

    July 22, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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