July 25th, 2008
11:32 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama: King’s Mercedes 'a pretty smooth ride'

Sen. Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah Tuesday.

Sen. Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah Tuesday.

(CNN) - So what exactly did Barack Obama and King Abdullah discuss when the monarch drove the presidential candidate to the airport? CNN’s Candy Crowley asked the Illinois senator that very question.

Obama didn’t divulge “confidences between myself and King Abdullah” to Crowley. But he said the ride was smooth – perhaps too smooth for some.

“I gather he was going faster than it felt while I was in the car,” said Obama. “That is the report I was getting from the Secret Service afterwards.”

King Abudllah II of Jordan drove Obama to the airport in a Mercedes 600 this week as Obama readied to fly from Jordan to Israel. Their ride followed a meeting regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict.

WatchObama says the king gets the keys

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. jimmy

    well, here we go gain Obama did not visit the real players in the middle east, nor the real representative of the people, same old same old politics, i see no real change in the US foreign policy here maybe never, if Mr. Obama want change then he has to meet with the real players, and not the dictators who has been rulling the middle east since the stone age, look arround mister, have any politician ever rasied the real question about democracy in the arab world, has anybody ask, only emire or kings or sulatan rule over there and control the wealth and the same car Mr. Obama enjoyed, it is the property of the king. domcracy, civil liberty, what a joke Mr. politicians

    July 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. BR

    What a joke. Let me guess, the next arcticle for the Messiah will be...Obama stands at a urinal and flushes.

    July 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Mike, TX


    Obama went to the bathroom in Berlin!
    Obama had breakfast!
    Obama took a shower!
    Obama played golf!
    Obama rode in a car!

    Who's in charge of your news coverage, the National Enquirer?

    July 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Bob

    A vote for Obama is a vote for a one world socialist government. I somehow sure don't like a US president or presidential candiate kowtowing to dictators and socialists. When push comes to shove, even tho this is a world community the US needs to maintain its sovereignty. ANYONE but Obama the socialist. ANYONE but Obama the man with the radical preacher that hates anyone but black people, ANYONE but Obama who's wife is not proud to be an AMERICAN.

    July 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. McArsenic

    Mercedes...heck i have one to, no big deal!!! lets see Obama sport a Golf cart, then we can talk....lol.
    i want to ask all the Obama haters, does it NOT bother any of you that John McCain's whole campaign is run by Washington Lobbyist? it sure bothers me to know that if Mccain is elected his primary purpose is to those BIG OILG and BIG BUSINESS people who have bought him, lock stock and price of barrel

    July 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. mayahh


    July 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. helen

    CNN get a grip.

    July 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Rebublican for Obama!

    And it will be just as smooth as a ride to the Whitehouse!

    I voted for Bush and regret it!

    Never again!

    July 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. John - Arizona

    I don't know who in America doesn't see Obama as the right man to restore our reputation overseas.

    McSame is 4 – 8 years of the same!

    July 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. jon from IL

    some people are crazy. why must you look for something negative in EVERYTHING? Are you really that full of hate? i pray for our country...

    July 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. JP

    Obama is already having a destablizing effect on world affairs. Shortly after he pandered to the people of Isreal they announced the construction of more illegal settlements on stolen land. What promises did he make behind closed doors that made Isreal comfortable enought to to something the entire world condemns. He claims to want to find a solution to conflict , now is his chance to prove it and renounce Israel's illegal action.

    July 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Typical White Person

    He told Abdullah to not worry about him changing NAFTA...

    July 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Enough!!!

    To Tom Above----news flash, America has already been sold out...that ship has already sailed, or do you understand who is already in the White House

    July 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Maxwell

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I find it utterly disgusting and deflating that there are those posting calling Obama the "antichrist", a "satanist" and "Hitler"…All because he speaks of world unity???

    For those "conservative christians" – Who don't trust Obama – Who aren't sure about his "character", which is in fact, more of an opinionated refferendum of what YOU feel Christianity is…Isn't that what Jesus was about?

    Love thy neighbour as you love yourselves.

    I think there are a few "christians" who could use some good time instead of blogging their hate and anger at a man who they claim they don't know – Yet spew out lies as fact as IF they know him, to go back home, sit and read that Bible of theirs that they tout so highly and understand the shameful hypocrasy of their anger.

    If you consider yourselves "saved under the blood of Jesus", what do YOU have to fear? Aren't you going to heaven anyways? Is there any way you can stop the future, if it is already "written"? Why do you use your narrow-minded view of Jesus' teachings to spread your self-imposed hatred on the rest of us who just want to exist in peace and actually *try* to help others (which, whether you consider Obama a socialist or not, as a Christian, it is your DUTY to "serve others" – Or have you convieniently forgotten that as well…).

    What would Jesus do, indeed.

    July 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. DJ in TX

    Again CNN, why is this news? I support Obama, but this kind of stuff is not doing anything for anybody.

    Now, if he had stated what they discussed, that would be news. The "ride was smooth"????

    It was a Mercedes 600, it should have been smooth and most people already know that (most of us can't afford it).

    Please report on actual news. I like the guy, but this is going a little too far.

    July 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Raymond Duke

    That statement sounds about right from a man and his wife that says"America needs to give more to each other and quite wanting the finer things in life" Apparently that does not apply to "THE BLACK MESSIAH AND HIS QUEEN". I don't see his wife giving up part of that big salary that Obama helped her get with that big pork barrel money he got for the hospital where she works I don't see him moving into a smaller house that the INDICTED crook RESKO helped him get. It is to give away someone elses property or money as long as you don't include yourself. They remind me of that liberal star "BARBARA STRIESAND" were she told people they should hang their clothes on the clothes line but because of her status she should be allowed to have her maids use clothes dryers. Typical left wing liberal.

    July 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Janey for McCain

    The golf cart that McCain uses is environmentally clean–can you bots say the same for the Mercedes? A little hypocritical, perhaps?

    July 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Obama/Hillary 08

    Obama experience will get US ahead again in the world.
    He is the man for the job; the best one. you get experience by doing a job with this say neither McCain or Obama have been president before so none of them have that experience. This nonsense that Obama has no experience need to stop because Mccain has none as well. United States of America for Barack Obama

    July 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Chad, Wisco

    CNN, open up the article on Congress in-fighting for posts. That is at least a real news story.

    July 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Will in Richmond, VA

    Repubs: "hate hate hate hate hate hate hate jealousy hate hate jealousy hate hate hate...."

    July 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. McCain = War

    McCain doesn't have it within him to be this diplomatic within one or two terms as president.

    July 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Olivia

    The Obama supporters are very vocal and often extremely rude.
    Here is my request.
    If Obama becomes president of our wonderful country, will you please be equally SILENT in 2012 prior to electing a new president to repair the damage done?

    July 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The King took Obama for a ride, and Obama is taking the American people for a ride.

    July 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    You can tell you're driving well when the Secret Service begins to get nervous...

    July 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Oh my goodness!! He rode in the mercedes owned by someone else, how elitist!!
    *End sarcasim*
    Get real folks....

    July 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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