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. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    There may be legitimate issues about which to criticize President Obama, but this is not one of them. The fact that this is the best he can come up with speaks volumes about how the Republican party is floundering about in search of a message.

    May 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Klaus

    Where was Mullins when Bush literally held hands with the King of Saudi Arabia? And why did CNN fail to mention that fact in this article? Typical Republican hypocrisy, typical CNN enabling. Is it any wonder why your ratings are in the gutter?

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

    What is it that the Greedy Obstructionist Perverts DO when they aren't being childish, and hateful...and stupid? Oh...wait!! *slaps forehead!*

    That's right! They are NEVER not being childish, and hateful, and stupid!

    What a disgraceful lot of cowards and creeps!!

    May 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Erik from Real Pennsylvania

    Way to further marginalize your fading Republican Party, pal. Id this is all you have, you're out of material already.

    By the way, that dictator you refer to is a ALLY of the United States and a dear friend of your favorite former President, George W. Bush.

    May 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. gh

    These remarks by the new GOP leader are desperate attempts to find something wrong with the Obama administration. He is really having to dig………

    May 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Jay

    I use to be a Virginia Republican and hope to be one again (when sanity is restored) . However, now I begin to wonder if those that are left in the state's party are all afflicted with rabies.

    May 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Randolph Carter

    What? No mention of ACORN, Ayers, kool aid, Obamabots, socialism, the national debt, welfare queens, birth certificates or teleprompters? Come on, you can work more cliches in there if you would only try a little harder, Mr. Mullins. Have a nice day!

    May 14, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Peejay

    And W skipped through the garden holding the same guy's hand – your point?

    May 14, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |

    Mullins, another loud mouthed ridiculous rethuglican. Everyday one or more of them says something hateful and stupid.

    May 14, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    I cannot believe that Obama is still insisting that what the world saw him do really did not happen and that the world is suffering from some collective hallucination.

    Obama will not only bow to foriegn political leaders, he'll kiss their @ss as well.

    May 14, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. cnn.com_reader

    I'm not one of these people are worship the ground Obama walks on (though I did vote for him) but I find it hypocritical that GOPers are tar and feathering Obama for bowing to the Saudi King (though he didn't bow to the British monarch - strange, I think) and don't say anything about GW Bush and his connections with the House of Saud when he was president of the U.S. and before that.

    May 14, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. F-Dog

    Ha! The Republican Party bows to dictators. Recent dictators for the Republican Party include W and Rush Limbaugh.

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

    We're particularly excited you aren't either. Even more so that we are republicans. So that we don't have to defend idiots like you stays here and bows down to Rush.

    But I'd imagine someone will shortly.....

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

    don't make me laugh. Let's not get mixed up on which administration was in bed with the Saudis. I can't even believe Mullins had the audacity to say that. Looks like he needs to review what exactly has happened over the last eight years.

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Nero

    Here repug-ni-cans, open both feet into swallow!

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. vick

    get life you are not worth a democrat

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Debra Austin, Texas

    I love the petty dictator Rethuglican small time leaders like Mullins who regurgitate tired old 'complaints' about Obama in this Cheney/Gingrich effort to wear Americans out on Obama, figuring as long as the complaints continue, some new, then many old, people will get tired and will believe the criticisms. Don't think this is true? Think about what they did to Clinton. And these 'front people' like Gingrich, Cheney, and the other little pipsqueaks are only the actors in the games of the far right money interests, like those who funded Swift Boat Veterans; who are now funding the anti-health care plans. These are the real Satans, the Simmons 'cancer' from Dallas and the others from Houston. Look up some of these behind the scenes guys and you'll get the planners of the anti-Obama wing. These are not ideologues, these are the greedmeisters worried about losing their hold on corporate America.

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. hongli

    Which is more dangerous-–President Obama greeting King Abdullah or George Bush having the King spend some time with his family at his Ranch? I think George Bush bowed more often to the King while he was receiving tons of gifts for himself and Laura.

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Pluto

    Did you say the new party head had a mullet? Oh, a mullins. I had one of those once, took me weeks to get rid of it. Seriously, I can't be the only guy who hears this stuff and thinks "nazis." It's like Germany in the Thirties when they open their mouths.

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Ryan Cincinnati

    Why the lies? Why are they so mean? Lemmings?

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. TheThinker

    Geez, is there some kinda curse that causes all GOP chairmen to be deceptive fearmongers?

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. msg

    So what else is new? We get it already don't like your President.

    Next thing you know someone will write an article saying that the GOP doesn't like the way President Obama chews his food, or blinks his eyes.

    Maybe Pat Mullins is just....confused, at best. So perhaps someone should explain that even if you don't like a ruler of another country, you should still greet them with some level of professional respect.

    Would they rather President Obama haul off and smack the guy, kick him in the shins and spit in his face? Maybe the next time we have a Republican as president we could arrange for that to happen.

    May 14, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Don

    Actually, it's pretty easy being a Democrat right now. Especially when everything the Republicans say makes them look more and more like a dying party in it's last painful throes. We Dems don't even have to do anything to make you guys look bad; you just keep spouting off and doing it for us.

    Who was it that said: "the first thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging"?

    May 14, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Takeshi

    YOu stupid smucks!!! I dare you not to? and guess what. they will take offensive to it. and that would ruin any relations. YOU IDIOTS that is why your supposed bully national politics DOES NOT WORK>

    May 14, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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