May 14th, 2009
02:57 PM ET
13 years ago

Virginia GOP chair: Obama bows to dictators

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The new chairman of the Virginia GOP said Obama 'bows to dictators that would like to destroy this country.'"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The new chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia is sounding a little bit like the old one.

Pat Mullins was elected to lead the party earlier this month by the state GOP central committee after the former chairman, Jeff Frederick, was ousted after a series of embarrassing missteps. Frederick garnered national attention during last year's presidential race for drawing a comparison between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden.

Mullins, the new party head, said something similar while speaking to the Virginia Beach city committee meeting on Monday. An audio recording of the event was provided to CNN by a Democratic party operative.

"I'm particularly excited I'm not a Democrat," Mullins told the audience. "Since I'm not a Democrat, I don't have to defend a president who goes overseas and bows to dictators that would like to destroy this country. I'm delighted I don't have to defend him."

Mullins was referring to video shot during April's G-20 Summit in London that showed Obama lowering his head while greeting King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The White House said that Obama was not bowing, and that he shook hands with the King, who is shorter than Obama.

Fulfilling his role as the state's Republican partisan-in-chief, Mullins also disparaged Democratic National Committee chairman and Virginia governor Tim Kaine as "a part-time governor who's making a full-time salary." He called Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who earned a Navy Cross and two purple hearts in Vietnam, an "embarrassment to everybody in this commonwealth."

A spokesman for the state Democratic Party said Mullins "ought to apologize to Virginians for personal attacks on the commander-in-chief and a decorated war hero."

The Republican Party of Virginia did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Scott the Independent

    Give it a rest. If you have nothing to say that is relevant to constructive governance we really don't want to hear the noise.

    May 14, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Soccer Nana

    Did Rush give you persmission to speak, Pat? You better check with him before you say anything else.

    May 14, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. ETM

    As a resident of Virginia, I wonder why the Republicans cannot find a chairman who is not an offensive idiot. Are there any Republicans left not filled with resentment and bile because the American people have rejected their narrow vision of this country?

    May 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Ken

    So glad you don't have to bow – I know you'd rather kiss him like George did, idiot!

    May 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Jayden,FL

    This is just another reason why Republitards wouldn't be elected into office

    May 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Yes! Another idiotic republican sticking his foot in his mouth. Keep it up. Virginia is a blue state in case you missed the election Patsy. And Sen. Webb and Sen. Warner are doing outstanding jobs so far. Shut your trap!

    May 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    They just don't know when to stop. It's seriously pitiful at this wounded animals lashing out at everything...even those trying to help them.

    May 14, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. carlo

    These recycled potshots at Obama are old and tired. The GOP needs to use their heads for more than hat racks as my grandpa used to say. Give us some new ideas! I don't care if Pres. Obama breakdances with Chavez, as long as he keeps us safe and repairs our fragile economy.

    May 14, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. reggie

    The truth hurts! We all saw Obama bow to numerous dictators in the past month.

    May 14, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. I can see Canada from my house!

    I guess the Republican leadership is running out of ideas....these insults would not work in an elementary school playground, much less a statewide or national election.

    Grow up.

    May 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. GOP = 21st century dodo

    This highlights the enormous rift developing in the Republican party. On the one hand, you need to say stuff like this to keep the base happy. On the other, this is the sort of stuff that alienates everyone else.

    The GOP right now is holding two mutually exclusive and incompatible views. It cannot be allowed to govern until it fixes itself.

    May 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. RWE

    why does cnn run this stuff and then permalink the nancy pelosi cia waterboarding issue?

    looks like the stories covered, the moderated comments do not cover all issues in equal ways.

    cnn is playing to a smaller and smalleraudience, with a particular mind-set.


    May 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Anjum

    He's right, he's happy to be a Republican and support the same dictator with billions of dollars, and then complain about spending money domestically to help Americans.

    May 14, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Michelle, St. Louis, MO

    This is why these idiots will keep losing.....keep it up GOP.

    May 14, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Dan

    Here's news for you, fat head. Obama needs no defenders.

    It's called diplomacy. I know it's a word unfamiliar to the GOP, so look it up.

    Because 8 years of isolation and "Axis of Evil" did so much to make us safe. Did so much to deter Iran's and North Korea's nuclear ambitions.


    No thanks!

    May 14, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Greg

    DId Mullins ever feel that he had to defend Bush for frequently holding the Saudi King's hand when they would walk together?

    May 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And who was Bush hand holding with in Crawford?!

    The biggest dictator family on the planet, that's who!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. ANGIE

    Pat Mullins. just another used up no good repug. stop lying. you don't know what you would do. And thank God you or any of your other repugs have a chance to show us. we have had enough of you loser. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS JUST SHOWING RESPECT. something you repugs need to learn. stop thinking you are better then everybody else.

    May 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. rhoward

    Well, Mr. Mullins, at least President Obama, Gov. Kaine & Sen. Webb don't have to bow to Rush Limbaugh.

    May 14, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Kwesoe

    Chien Yu, the Madman of Ch'u, went past Confucius, singing,
    Phoenix, oh phoenix!
    How thy virtue has declined!
    What is past is beyond help,
    What is to come is not yet lost.
    Give up, give up!

    The GOP has become a phoenix and even the madman knows it.

    May 14, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. wwf

    Once again, the gop can take a short walk off of a long pier. Better yet, most of them including Lush should go on a hunting trip with Chenny. The party of their way or the highway. Funny thing is, that is where many of them might just find themselves.

    May 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Lee Transue

    It seems that Mr. Mullins needs a reminder of the Bush family's relationship with the Saudi royal family.

    May 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. LIP

    Obama bows, Bush holds hands with him. So, whats the big deal. Both of them are showing how humble they are to the guy that holds all the cards when it comes to our lifeblood...oil.

    May 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Sandy

    An exchange of one bad apple for another. Just can't get it right can they?

    May 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Jim

    You know, this is just Mullins trying to make a name for himself. The absolutely ridiculous assertions that he makes are meant to bolster his reputation with an ultraconservative base. The Liberals do the same thing. It's time for less extremeism and more moderate behavior. Only way that this country will survive.

    Now, for some extreme comparisons: Mullins is sounding a lot like Saddam Hussein in his speeches against the President.

    That's what absolute-ism gets you.

    May 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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