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

Virginia GOP chair: Obama bows to dictators

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/20/art.getty.obama.yellow.jpg 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. These Repubs!!!

    It is so funny how they all ride on the skirt tails of each others words. Didn't Liz Cheney just say this same foolishness the other day??? Palin, McCain, Limbaugh and Hannity said he was "pal-ing" around with terrorist and he still WON!!! Again, if you are going to oppose, that is all well and good. But anytime you want to come up with something new, we will be waiting. He is the President of the United States. That is not changing for at least another 4 year. Can you say get over it!!!

    May 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Lynn

    Everytime I hear Republicans criticize President Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton's relationship with other countries, I have this nightmare scenerio of McCain, Palin and either Leiberman or Graham in their place. That is when I KNOW that America made the right choice.

    All day long one phony , bitter criticism after another without one solid policy to explain what they would do differently.

    May 14, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. JT from TN

    Does any understand that when you are in another country, you abide by their laws, not the U.S.'s.

    May 14, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Simmy

    Mullins and others, when do you plan to bring out your new material? These same old talking points are so 20th Century.....Obama/Biden '12

    May 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Oscar Fernandez

    What's worse an Obama bow to a Saudi king or a Bush kiss on the Saudi King's cheek?

    May 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. J of K

    I watched this several times, it is without a doubt Obama bowing ! It may only have been meant as a sign of respect, but IT WAS A BOW.

    May 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. The Death of America by Obama

    That's what muslims do.....they bow to their king.
    obama is the biggest disgrace that has ever happened to this country.

    May 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Brad

    OMG. You people are actually wasting time arguing this.

    Grow up.

    May 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Robert

    "We tried diplomacy with Hitler and Stalin. Didn't work."

    So Nixon talking to China and Regan talking to the Soviet leadership was a bad idea?

    May 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Bitter, party of one, your table is ready!

    Keep crying foul Repubs, because more and more it reminds me of the boy who cried wolf.

    ICEBURG, STRAIGHT AHEAD!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Joying

    This response is for Scot – You are a bigoted jerk and I have a problem with all your idiotic analogies ...so he's speaking in Turkey, big freak'n deal...so, he's speaking in a mosque in Egypt -what's the problem – instructed his wife not to bow to the Queen? Big deal! I'm not going to waste my time referring to anymore of your bigoted remarks.. Please return to sticking your head in the ground .

    May 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Barbara Independent in NY

    Bla bla bla– It sounds like the Republicans have not found their spokesperson yet.

    May 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. rose

    Hey Shari....at least he did go around holding hands with him...something W would do

    May 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter

    Scot wrote: When Obama Bows to King of Saudi Arabia, the arcitect of the Sep. 11th terrorist attack on this great Country

    Really? I was unaware that the king of Saudi Arabia planned the 911 attacks. We've been fighting the wrong people all this time! Have a nice day!

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Jessica

    The same guy Bush was hugging and kissing?

    Where have these republicans been the past 8 years?

    May 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. gino

    @Proud member

    Jiminy Cricket! It's spelled "Pinocchio." Go back to fourth grade and learn to spell. (But maybe you never made it out of third grade.)

    May 14, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Farid Shakur

    Do anyone really think Americans will hear any intelligent comments from Republicans anymore. They are a party made up of well (as the previous commentor said) IDIOTS. They have proven this by the proof of how America was left when America was in the hands of Republicans. Especially when Ronald Regan was in office through the latest Republican Presidents. Now Republicans make no sense at all when one hears them speak. They sound so dumb, in comparison to President Barack Obama!

    May 14, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. MESA MICK

    Just another bible thumpin' right wing Dixie-con whack job blasting the Prez over nothing. Boy do these rethuglicants love to play small ball....

    May 14, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Kristina, Seattle

    That's the beauty of this country, Scot. Obama doesn't HAVE to prove he is a Christian. In this country we are free to be christian, muslim, jewish, hindu, athiest, or anything else.

    The requirements to be president are a) to have been born in the US, b) to be 35 years old, and c) to have lived in the US for 14 years. There is no requirement that one be a "christian" and all you nutty bible thumpers need to get that straight.

    May 14, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. rose

    I think W and the King were going steady for awhile...weren't they

    May 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Ron

    It is ignorant of you Democrats to think that an American President of either party should follow the traditions of the visited country. American Presidents don't bow to foreign heads of state any more than we dip our flag to other flags.

    This is something new that President Obama is doing. To hear Gibbs say that he was simply bowing his head a little because the King is smaller than him is a bald-faced lie. Look at the video. The President bows deaply from the waist BEFORE he shook the kings hand. The truth is that you Democrats would rather that the U.S. simply gives up its uniqueness in favor of being a "world citizen". Nonsense!

    May 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    And the GOP bows to Limbaugh.

    And BTW, a man wounded not once, but TWICE, for his country is a shining example of the best of our society, his generation and our nation's ideals, values and mores. If anything, we shoudl be bowing to him.

    May 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. thanks, but no thanks

    l just would like to point out that Republicans are becoming such crying babies. When you ask someone with an IQ of an ape a complicated question, the answer usually is why are you being so mean to me. They do not want to talk about the issues, because either have no answer or are in bed with the Enrons. So, what is the alternative? Cry foul when is none...

    May 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Kurt C.

    The truth hurts, doesn't it. Obama feels more comfortable hobnobbing with dictators than with people from his own country.

    May 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. brian

    Mullins needs to read a book called "Sleeping with the devil" before he critiques anyone of bowing down the Al Saud Royal family. We sell more arms to Saudi Arabia than we do it Israel then we go around the middle east talking about how important democracy is. Our politicians, both democrats and republicans are a bunch of hypocrites. But currently I'd say republicans like Mr. Mullins seem to be a bit higher up on the list of hypocrites in my mind.

    May 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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